Will a new twist of fate strike the first Grand Slam tournament of the year? Probably not. While Nick Kyrgios, the darling of the public, withdrew, Novak Djokovic had not reassured either by canceling a second consecutive training session on Monday. But a little after the scheduled time, the nine-time winner of the Australian Open and big favorite of the tournament did hit a few balls, with a strapped left thigh nonetheless. For ten days, the Serb has been suffering from hamstrings.
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Djokovic is due to enter the fray in Melbourne on Tuesday against the Spaniard Roberto Carballes Baena, 75th player in the world. Time is therefore running out. But the interested party, known for his extreme attention to detail, knows himself perfectly. In the wake of the exhibition match he played against Kyrgios last Friday, he felt that his discomfort was not a major source of concern but that he should be careful. This appearance in training is therefore rather reassuring.
In Australia, Djokovic hopes to get a 10th coronation and the 22nd in Grand Slam. While he remains on a title in Adelaide and his draw was rather lenient, the Serb remains the man to beat in this Australian Open… if his body allows it.
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