Novak Djokovic reveals lingering injury concerns ahead of Queen’s
NOVAK DJOKOVIC has explained how difficult it is to battle the mental aspect of returning to tennis after an extended period of time away.
Djokovic spent the last six months of 2017 sidelined with an elbow problem which required surgery.
He returned at the start of this year but struggled to find his best form until the French Open earlier this month where he crashed out at the quarter-final stage.
The Serbian is hoping to build on his impressive Roland Garros campaign at Queen’s this week ahead of Wimbledon.
And he has explained how tough he is finding it, even now, to cope with not being able to beat players which he used walk all over.
“I have faced this major injury which had me off the court for six-plus months so you feel the consequences of that more mentally than physically,” Djokovic said.
“I never knew it was going to take so much time to get back into that state of mind where I’m comfortable and confident.
“It is what it is. It is a new experience and I’m open for that. I have to accept that.
Djokovic is competing in the singles and doubles draw at Queen's
“It is frustrating at times to know that maybe I’m not able to execute what I was doing so well for so many years before.
“But those are the circumstances that are present.
“I’m working on it daily in order to get closer to that perfect game scenario that I would like to have.”
Andy Murray is also set to return at Queen’s after almost 12 months out with a hip problem.
And Djokovic thinks the Scot’s biggest problem will be mental.
“Andy has been absent for longer than I have but I think the biggest challenge will always be mental,” he added.