Novak Djokovic is again from six months off the ATP Tour with a reworked service movement partly impressed by Andre Agassi and a rising confidence he can get his sore proper elbow via the Australian Open.
No man has extra Australian Open titles than Djokovic, who has six in all and — till final yr’s surprising second-spherical exit — had gained 5 of the six contested from 2011 to 2016.
Djokovic is seeded 14th and will probably be coming off simply a few exhibition matches to organize for his first-spherical encounter towards Donald Younger.
The 12-time main winner is in the identical quarter as No. four Alexander Zverev, No. 5 Dominic Thiem and 2014 champion Stan Wawrinka, who confirmed Saturday he’d return at Melbourne Park from his personal six-month layoff following surgical procedure on his left knee and that alone would really feel like a victory.
They’re all in the identical half of the draw as defending champion Roger Federer, who final yr returned from an prolonged damage outing to beat Rafael Nadal within the Australian Open ultimate and finish a Grand Slam drought courting again to 2012. Federer went on to win Wimbledon for his nineteenth main and completed the yr ranked No. 2 behind Nadal, who gained the French and U.S. Open titles.
That’s giving Djokovic some hope.