One of Novak Djokovic’s top rated rivals for the Australian Open up title has warned the previous world No.1 is in exceptional bodily form and “determined” to get at Melbourne Park for a 10th time.
Italy’s Jannik Sinner, a quarter-finalist at the 2022 Australian Open, witnessed first-hand the ominous kind Djokovic is in all through a practice session in Adelaide on Friday.
They are tuning up for the grand slam at the Adelaide Global, exactly where Djokovic – booted from the country in a vaccine-connected selection very last summer – faces Frenchman Constant Lestienne in round just one and potentially Australia’s Jordan Thompson after that.
A mouth-watering match-up amongst leading seed Djokovic and twin AO finalist Daniil Medvedev awaits, while Sinner landed on the reverse aspect of the draw with the likes of Felix Auger Aliassime and Andrey Rublev.
6 adult males rated in the major 15 will contend for the Adelaide title as part of an amazing area at The Generate, with Djokovic hellbent on generating headlines in Australia for the right explanations.
“I practised with Novak [on Friday] and he’s in condition. You can see that he wishes to get and is determined,” Sinner reported.
“It’s quite nice to have him back again here in Australia and obtaining him also at the Australian Open up for the reason that I assume he is a person of the very best players in the environment, if not the best.
“I really don’t know him so, so nicely, but for certain he’s incredibly enthusiastic.
“He will try to get each match he performs, each tournament he performs, but I feel bodily he is pretty, quite excellent and relocating really nicely … to acquire against him you have to engage in your ideal tennis.”