Djokovic confident he can get back to highest level

first_imgP16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Djokovic will continue working with long-time former coach Marian Vajda until the end of the claycourt season after linking up with the Slovak again for the first time in almost a year in Monaco.“I’m feeling like it’s been getting better every day,” Djokovic added after losing 6-7 (2/7), 6-2, 6-3 to Thiem.“I’ve had three matches here. I didn’t expect anything. I played without pain in the elbow, which is important. I have my coach Marian back in the box. So lot of good things.“It was a lot of positives in this tournament. Three matches played.”The 12-time Grand Slam champion was playing in only his fourth tournament since last year’s Wimbledon, after losing his opening matches at both Indian Wells and Miami to Taro Daniel and Benoit Paire respectively.ADVERTISEMENT Warriors take 3-0 lead as Spurs play without Popovich Novak Djokovic of Serbia greets the public after losing to Dominic Thiem of Austria during the Monte-Carlo ATP Masters Series Tournament, on April 19, 2018 in Monaco. / AFP PHOTO / VALERY HACHENovak Djokovic said on Thursday that he believes he will return to the top of world tennis after continuing his injury comeback with a third-round defeat by Dominic Thiem in Monte Carlo.The former world number one has not won a Grand Slam title since the 2016 French Open and has failed to reach a quarter-final at any of his four tournaments since Wimbledon last July.ADVERTISEMENT Djokovic admitted that he is still finding his way back to full fitness, although he did say he is playing pain-free for the first time in two years.“With the elbow, it’s been quite a story over the last two and a half years,” he said.“Whether my elbow can be hurt if I play too long consecutively, I don’t know…“I’ve done, with people around me, everything in our power to get my elbow in the best possible shape. I’m really happy with the way things are working out right now with the elbow. That’s all I can say.”Austrian Thiem is one of the best claycourt players on tour, having reached the French Open semi-finals in each of the last two seasons, and he was impressed by his vanquished opponent’s performances in Monaco.“I think he’s on the rise again, for sure,” said Thiem.“I think (it’s an) amazing decision by him to take Marian Vajda back because it’s the coach he won everything with almost.“I’m pretty sure that we’re going to see him at the very top of the game pretty soon.” Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’center_img MOST READ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Djokovic also said that he’ll play in either Budapest or Barcelona next week as a wildcard as he continues his return from a right elbow injury.“Ideally I’d want to be playing the way I played for so many years,” the former world number one, now ranked 13, said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“But obviously patience is required, trust in the process, believing in myself, in my game, people around me.“I really believe that if I continue doing what I’m doing so far, believing in myself, I know eventually I’m going to get there (to the top of the game). I’m going to get there.” Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View commentslast_img

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