Djokovic says future of men's tennis in good hands

Wednesday, 03 Feb, 2021

"Each year that I come back to the court, it feels even better".

"Honestly, I wouldn't trade anything; spending hours and hours and hours with her was really fun".

Now 39, Federer last played in January 2020 at the Australian Open, losing in the semifinals to Novak Djokovic while clearly struggling with injury.

Pablo Carreno Busta earlier beat John Millman 6-2, 6-4 to ensure his country claimed the tie.

Berrettini was under pressure after Austria took the lead in their Group C clash when 100th-ranked Dennis Novak earned one of the biggest wins of his career, upsetting world number 17 Fabio Fognini 6-3, 6-2.

Djokovic said he simply could not resist the urge to go out and join the match. Raonic didn't put as many first balls in play as Lajovic (67% vs. 80%), but he made sure those count, winning 91% of the rally on his first serve. I wouldn't say there was anything fun or easy about it.

The world No.1 was given a gripping contest by world No.12 Shapovalov ultimately 12 months's ATP Cup, ultimately profitable 4-6 6-1 7-6 (7-4).

"Had probably the most exciting matches played on this court, and definitely the longest match ever that I played was in the finals, nearly six hours with Rafa (Nadal) in 2012". We are professional athletes, we learn over the years to play with the pain.

"I just suggested a few things for the guys stuck in Melbourne like equipment", Djokovic added.

"Some need to make public all they do to try to help others, while some of us do it privately without publishing our calls or making propaganda with it".

The Adelaide tournament is the only Australian Open tune-up tournament that isn't being played in Melbourne. There will be three ATP events ahead of the Australian Open: the ATP Cup, Great Ocean Road, and the Murray River Open; On the WTA side, three tournaments will also be staged: Yarra Valley Classic, Gippsland Trophy and Grampians Trophy.

There has been controversy in the build up as players have complained about their quarantine conditions. Playing Shapo is always a great challenge on hard courts. However, 72 players were forced to stay in their rooms after passengers on the flight tested positive for COVID-19.

Tennis Australia CEO Craig Tiley said that while ticket sales had been lagging prior to an official announcement about crowds, he now expected it to pick up again. "Obviously without too many matches behind me, you never really know what's going to happen", Ebden said.