World number 15 Jannik Sinner reveals that Novak Djokovic definitely looks «fit» and «determined» to win the Adelaide International. Sinner, 21, and Djokovic, 35, start the season in Adelaide.
Djokovic, who was denied entry in Australia 12 months ago, is officially back in Australia and many expect the Serb to be extremely motivated to do well on his return to Australia. “I practiced with Novak [on Friday] and he’s in shape.
You can tell he wants to win and he’s determined. It’s great to have him here in Australia and to have him at the Australian Open as well because I think he’s one of the best players in the world, if not the best.
I don’t know him that, that well, but I’m sure he’s very motivated. He will try to win every game he plays, every tournament he plays, but I think physically he is very, very good and he moves very well, to beat him; you have to play your best tennis,» Sinner told The Age.
Where did Sinner, Djokovic fall in the draw?
Sinner, who is the sixth seed in the Adelaide main draw, landed in the bottom of the draw. In the first round, Sinner will face Kyle Edmund, who used his protected ranking to get into Adelaide.
On the other hand, top seed Djokovic landed in the top half of the draw. In his first match in Adelaide, Djokovic will face Frenchman Constant Lestienne. Both Sinner and Djokovic are heavy favorites to win their first round matches in Adelaide.
Theoretically, Sinner and Djokovic could meet in the Adelaide final. The last time Sinner and Djokovic met it was a great match. In the Wimbledon quarterfinals, Sinner was up by two sets before Djokovic came back to win in five sets.
Djokovic then went on to win his seventh Wimbledon title. It remains to be seen if Sinner and Djokovic can reach the final in Adelaide and meet in the first week of the season.