While the bookies have picked Roger Federer and Andy Murray as the favourites for the ATP World Tour Finals which kick off in London on Sunday, world no. 1 Novak Djoovic is flying under the radar due to his recent injury woes - in spite of having what many have called the best season in men's tennis ever.
Speaking to the media ahead of the ATP World Tour Finals, Djokovic said he is fully fit and ready for battle with the top men in London. “I have been serving almost 100 per cent in the last two or three days, so for me the shoulder’s fine at this moment and I can say it’s recovered and ready to compete.” Djokovic has had shoulder trouble in his last couple of events.
“I was thinking of going to Wimbledon to have a cup of tea as a member,” the 24-year-old Serbian shared Saturday, upon his return to the English capital for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. “Obviously everybody agrees that this tournament is a crown for all the achievements of the year,” said Djokovic, who secured his berth back in May.
“Every match that you’re playing is at probably the highest level in our sport, then you have to be on top of your game to win it. Everyone wants to finish the season in great style, that’s what makes this event even more competitive.” Djokovic will take on Tomas Berdych in his first match on Monday.
“Tomas had some great results in the last couple of weeks, especially last week in Paris, he won against Andy Murray to reach the semi-finals, so he’s in great form,” assessed Djokovic. “He’s somebody that has been around the Top 10 players of the world for the last five or six years.
He’s been winning a lot of indoor events, so he likes playing indoors. We’ll see, it’s going to be a tough one.” The Serb is already assured of ending the year as world no. 1 thanks to his season which saw him win 3 Slam titles and more than $10 million in prize money.