Djokovic feels many years in front of him

The Pak Banker - - MARKETS/SPORTS -

No­vak Djokovic has main­tained his re­morse­less supremacy of ten­nis through an in­creas­ingly un­for­giv­ing sched­ule, but even the su­per-fit Serb needs a break.

As such, three weeks off af­ter win­ning his 11th grand slam ti­tle at last month's Aus­tralian Open was most wel­come for Djokovic, as he pre­pares for this week's Dubai Duty Free Ten­nis Cham­pi­onships. But while a rare hia­tus was pos­i­tive news for the world num­ber one, a re­ju­ve­nated Djokovic is an omi­nous propo­si­tion for his ri­vals - par­tic­u­larly given the supreme con­fi­dence he ex­uded on Sun­day.

"Those three weeks feel like they were more," he said at the Jumeirah Creek­side Ho­tel ahead of his first-round match at the Dubai Ten­nis Sta­dium against Span­ish vet­eran Tommy Ro­bredo at 7pm on Mon­day. "I am ea­ger to come back and am ea­ger to com­pete. I miss ten­nis. "I've been spend­ing a lot of time with my wife [Je­lena] and my child [Stefan], leav­ing my racket on the side. I think it's im­por­tant to bal­ance [your life], in or­der to recharge and gain that fresh­ness that you need to con­tinue to play at a high level and com­pete here in Dubai and in what's com­ing af­ter Dubai."

Is he sur­prised by his dom­i­nance, af­ter emerg­ing from the shad­ows of Roger Fed­erer and Rafael Nadal in re­cent years?

"I have to be hon­est, it doesn't sur­prise me," replied Djokovic, who is the num­ber one seed here af­ter the de­fend­ing cham­pion, and record seven-time win­ner, Roger Fed­erer, with­drew af­ter un­der­go­ing knee surgery.

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