Novak Djokovic (Serbia), who is seeded No. 1 in the ATP1000 Italian Open, attended a press conference and revealed his right elbow condition and hopes for a match against Carlos Alcaras (20 years old, Spain).
Djokovic, who won his 22nd Grand Slam title at the Australian Open this January, has been unable to maintain normal condition due to a recurrence of his right elbow injury as he entered the clay season. Last week, he also withdrew from the Madrid Open due to injury.
Afterwards, he had doubts about his recovery, but announced his intention to participate in the Italian Open in Rome this week as scheduled. Djokovic digested open training with Yannick Sinner (Italy).
“Everything feels good,” Djokovic said of the condition of his right elbow at a press conference.
In this tournament, if Djokovic wins, he will face Alkaras in the final. The two players met in the semifinals of last year’s Madrid Open, and after a 3 hour and 35 minute fight, Djokovic lost to Alcaras 7-6(5) 5-7 6-7(5).
“No matter what happens after this event, he will be number one. He’s playing great tennis and he’s at a great level,” said Djokovic, referring to Alkaras losing his world number one spot. He praised them highly and said, “I hope that a rematch will take place in the final after about a year.”
“We only faced Alcalas once, at the Madrid Open last year. If we ever get a chance to play here, it’s a final. I think we hope to see each other in the final 토스카지노.”