Novak Djokovic had not been in the best of conditions heath wise over the last few days, but, he is fit and raring to go now.
The Serbian superstar would be looking to add to his tally of four titles here in Melbourne.
He does not have to defend his crown though this time around. He is not the reigning champion as last year, he had become the victim of an upset and the player who showed him the exit door had gone on to lift the trophy actually.
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Novak Djokovic is a professional tennis player from Serbia, currently ranked as the top player by the ATP.
A seven time Grand Slam winner, Djokovic has held that top player in the rankings for 121 weeks. Six three Grand Slam wins in 2011, which turned out to be his best year as a professional, made him only the sixth player in history to win three major titles in a single year.
The Serbian reached the final of the French Open in 2012 which made him only the ninth player in the history of the Open Era to reach all four Grand Slam finals as well as only the fifth one to do it in consecutive tournaments.
Born in the erstwhile Yugoslavia, Djokovic was coached from the very early age as he dreamed of becoming a professional tennis player. He was coached by Marian Vajda from 2006 before he appointed the legendary German Boris Becker as his coach in 2013.
Novak Djokovic was first spotted at age four by former Yugoslav tennis player Jelena Gencic, who said that he was the best talent that she had seen since Monica Seles. His parents ran a fast food corner but Gencic still worked with the youngster for the next six years before he was sent abroad which seemed best for his development at that time.
Djokovic turned professional in 2003 and since then, he has been considered as one of the best players of his generation and has regularly battled with the likes of Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Andy Murray and is the player with the third most Grand Slam wins of players still active.
Novak Djokovic recently signed for the UAE Royals to play in the franchise oriented IPTL and has been playing for the Dubai based team since the beginning of November.
After spending a bit of time away from the game, in peace with his newly born baby and his wife, its business time again for Novak Djokovic, the top ranked player in the world.
The 27-year old made his way to the French capital last evening to play in BNP Paribas Masters.
His opponent in the second round there will be the Germany International Philipp Kohlschreiber who demolished the local boy Edouard Roger Vasselin in the straight sets yesterday.
Djokovic might still be at the top of the world rankings, but, he is not totally safe there. He does not have a big lead over the second ranked Roger Federer.
The margin between the two is not even of 500 points now. So, it’s important for Djokovic to make sure that he wins the masters in Paris.
Djokovic has not lost any match on the indoor courts for the last two years. His last defeat in an indoor arena had come in 2012.
But, the draw that he has been given in Paris is not the easiest and he knows that. He emphasized that point while addressing the press after landing there.
In the words of the Serb, “The draw is pretty difficult. I have to play against Philipp first up and he is a very fine player I believe. He doesn’t seem to struggle on any kind of court and especially on the courts over here which are going to be slightly on the slower side, he would feel comfortable. Considering the way he has played in his first game, I am not expecting anything easy from his side. I will have to play really, really well to get better of him, that’s for sure.”
So far, there have been 6 games played between Djokovic and Kohlschreiber and the former has won 5 out of them.