Before Novak Djokovic led Team Serbia to the inaugural ATP Cup title, ATP Tour signed up with the WorldNo 2 for the start of his off-season training in December in Monte-Carlo
“The ATP Cup is around the corner already, but still have three-and-a-half weeks to really work on something that hopefully will serve as a good base and a good foundation for the whole season,” he stated at the time.
“Just excited to get back on the practice court and in the gym, work on certain things that usually we don’t have time to work on maybe throughout the season. Once you’re in tournament mode and competing, it’s kind of hard to really build your body and build your game from scratch.”
Djokovic has actually utilized Monte-Carlo as his training base for the previous years– “the weather in Europe at this time of year doesn’t get much better than this”– and also dropped a little light on the prep work called for to take advantage of the off-season.
“You have to sit with the team and really prepare a good program, a good plan, that you’re going to execute well on a weekly basis,” he stated. “That’s what we have actually done, which’s what we have actually been providing for numerous, years. The experience likewise assists.
“If you’re enjoying the process, trying to embrace the pain, then I guess it hurts less. But it definitely hurts. They say, no pain, no gain, and it really works that way. You just have to put in the hours and sweat it out. Try to work on the court strategically and combine it with fitness – the stamina, the strength.”
Djokovic’s Double Duty Seals Serbia’s ATP Cup Triumph
The effort placed in by Djokovic in December settled in the season-opening ATPCup The 32- year-old completed a perfect 6-0 in songs, highlighted by a 6-2, 7-6( 4) triumph over WorldNo 1 Rafael Nadal in the last, and also 2-0 in increases. “I’m personally over the cloud with my emotions, and hopefully I can take that positive energy and use it for Australian Open,” he stated, after joining Viktor Troicki to secure the win for Team Serbia.
Djokovic will certainly go with a record-extending eighth Australian Open title following week in Melbourne, where he is the safeguarding champ.