Novak Djokovic: 'Rafael Nadal had an unbelievable year'

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Novak Djokovic: 'Rafael Nadal had an unbelievable year'

Novak Djokovic spoke about the race involving him and Rafael Nadal to hold the first rankings position. The Serbian player said: "Although I was on this position many times before, Rafa had an unbelievable year so far and I have to do well here to have an opportunity to face him on the indoor hard court season.

I am happy to play well again. For me being healthy is important because I retired from the US Open, which was a tough one. After that I thought I would not play the Asian swing but the arm reacted very well to the rehabilitation process and I played really well in Japan.

I still need a couple more weeks to be able to 100 percent recover because although I am pain-free, I am cautious." Asked why he played in Tokyo instead of Beijing, Djokovic replied: "The Olympic tournament will be played on the same courts, so it was a great opportunity for me to deal with conditions and play on the same surface."

The Luxembourg Open Tournament Director Danielle Maas spoke about possibly seeing Kim Clijsters competing in the event where she triumphed five times. "It's a big surprise. If she comes back, we will bring here in 2020.

We spoke earlier this year at Wimbledon where I saw her enjoying on court. But she never spoke to me about that desire. You cannot imagine something like that with three children. I know she cared a lot about Elise Mertens."