Novak Djokovic living on the edge of hopes for a successful Australian Open

The 'Happy Slam' is coming soon but Novak Djokovic may be feeling a bit pinched and uncertain as to his performance at this year's Melbourne event.

Novak Djokovic living on the edge of hopes for a successful Australian Open
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Warm up tournaments can be a way of getting ready for the main event. Sometimes it sharpens the body and skills to perform better; other times it brings out the unsteadiness in a player. Novak Djokovic is going through this period now.

"I think I have enough time to get myself in the right shape," the Serbian said after his loss to Alex de Minaur at the United Cup. It was the Aussie's first time defeating Djokovic and it felt good especially on his home turf of Perth, Australia.

"Today was my day. Happy to get the win. It definitely means a lot," de Minaur said smilingly. This wasn't at all a happy time for Djokovic and in fact the last few days he'd been suffering with an ailing right wrist. He had mentioned that the wrist was doing better and then when it started ailing he was denied a second on court therapy session.

"It improved before the match, but the more I'm playing, it gets worse," Novak explained. But the concern has surely escalated because the Australian Open starts in a week or so and now that Djokovic is nursing an ailing wrist, the scenario doesn't look that great.

He hopes that time is on his side, but it's not a sure thing. He confessed that he wasn't playing on his level when he was on court with the Aussie despite the fact of Alex's performance was 'spot on' Will the Serbian have time to re-group physically and mentally to put on a good performance at Melbourne? Realistically, Novak knows he's not playing 100% and it isn't quite enough time to have a complete recovery.

But he's logical about his history of playing the Australian Open and can only be positive. "I was injured just before the Australian Open the last two times...and I was able to win the title both times." Is the important thing on winning the title or taking it one step at a time and winning each round? Everything is unsure of until Novak Djokovic steps out on the court and starts to play.

The true situation will come out then and he be put through the test of being able to play through the discomfort or unfortunately give the rest of the tournament a miss.

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