Novak Djokovic: 'I was not sure about playing in Asia this year'

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Novak Djokovic: 'I was not sure about playing in Asia this year'

Novak Djokovic was asked what he focused on after the US Open before playing in Asia. The Serb was dealing with a shoulder injury and at some point it was rumoured he might have skipped several tournaments before the year ends.

"There is always some fundamental things to work on in the game that keeps on, I guess, repeating. It's necessary to train in order to feel well, to feel confident, to feel that you're striking the ball nicely.

Nothing really in particular. Actually, the main priority was for me to be healthy and try to rehab, go through rehabilitation process of the shoulder in best possible way, because I didn't know whether I'm going to be able to play Asia or not.

I'm just happy that my shoulder has been holding on and not causing me any pain", said Djokovic. On how he managed to return John Isner's serve on Thursday, Novak added: "It's always a big challenge returning the serve of Isner.

He's got one of the biggest serves of all time. He's one of the tallest guys ever to play tennis. Obviously with that height, serve is a huge weapon and huge advantage. I managed to kind of read his serve and find a good position on the return end of the first set and also beginning of the second.

You know, I won five games in a row, and that was the key, obviously having a break each set, and then I kind of held my serve. I thought it was one of the best serving matches I had lately."