ROME (AP) — Novak Djokovic has been pain-free for 10 days and is ready to return from the right wrist injury that forced him to withdraw from the Madrid Open a week ago.
The second-ranked Serb has been practicing hard as he prepares for this week's Italian Open and the French Open, which starts in two weeks.
"Right now I feel much more confident at the state of my wrist and I know that I'm ready much more to play a match than I was one week ago," Djokovic said Sunday after attracting thousands of spectators to a practice session with Australian Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka on the Foro Italico's spectacular Pietrangeli court, which is lined with neo-classical statues.
When Djokovic lost to Roger Federer in the Monte Carlo Masters semifinals last month, his wrist was heavily strapped and he was unable to serve or return at his usual level.
"It's a wiser decision if you try to heal it 100 percent than 50 percent and compromise the next weeks," Djokovic said.
The last thing Djokovic wanted to risk was a recurrence, citing wrist problems that have affected fellow players Juan Martin del Potro and Nikolay Davydenko