Novak Djokovic has elbow concerns before Banja Luka opener

Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic stated that he still experiences some issues with his elbow, which hindered him during his early exit from the Monte Carlo Masters last week, where he lost to Lorenzo Musetti.

The world’s number one player had elbow surgery in 2018 and struggled with his serve in the tournament.

Djokovic mentioned that his elbow is not in an ideal condition, but he hopes it will be fully ready for his first match in the Banja Luka event this week.

Novak Djokovic won the Australian Open earlier this year, drawing level with Rafael Nadal’s men’s record tally of 22 Grand Slam titles. Many consider him to be one of the favorites for next month’s French Open.

The 35-year-old will face 87th-ranked French teenager Luca Van Assche, who ousted Swiss veteran Stan Wawrinka 1-6, 7-6 (7/4), 6-4 on Monday, in the Banja Luka second round.

“I’ve never met this boy before, I don’t know much about him. Djokovic stated before the tournament, which was relocated from his hometown of Belgrade due to work on the venue, “I know that he is young and has just joined the top 100.”

“I sincerely thought that Wawrinka was going to win today, he was leading most of the match. So it’s indeed a surprise, the victory of this little guy, this Frenchman.”

Van Assche battled back against former world number three Wawrinka, 20 years his senior, who has dropped to 84th in the world.

He said, “It will be incredible for me, and I’m only 18,” regarding playing Djokovic.

“I know that the crowd will not be with me, I think, but I will enjoy it and I will try to win.”

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