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Montrelle Montesinos | 13 Enero, 2018, 19:47

"Although it's not entirely different... even those small changes have made a lot of difference", he said. "Right now all I can think about and where I can sort of, say, direct my energy is in the present moment".

Six-time champion Novak Djokovic will head into next week's Australian Open uncertain of how his elbow will react to competition after a six-month break. I don't know how it's going to behave.

He will face Dominican Victor Estrella Burgos in the first round of the Australian Open at the back of injury issues.

Like 22-year-old Australian Nick Kyrgios, fourth seed Zverev possesses a majestic game capable of toppling the very best but also has a propensity to crumble on the biggest stages.

The six-times champion, who last played competitively at Wimbledon in July, withdrew from the Mubadala exhibition tournament in December citing his elbow injury.

Toni Nadal is now coaching at the Rafael Nadal Academy, with his nephew under the tutelage of Carlos Moya.

"I'm happy with the new service motion", he said.

Injuries to leading players have been a focus of attention in Australia. Federer went on to win Wimbledon for his 19th major and finished the year ranked No. 2 behind Nadal, who won the French and U.S. Open titles. Even before the first match, the Open courted at least two controversies - by allowing former champion Maria Sharapova (2009) to conduct the draw less than two years since she tested positive for a banned substance and former great Billy Jean King saying the Margaret Court Arena should be renamed because of the 11-time champion's "derogatory" views on sexuality.

There is a sneaky feeling that Federer, who is in good form by his showing at the Hopman Cup, where he helped Switzerland overcome Germany and he is also fully fit, could snag a sixth Australian Open crown come January 28.

Yet he is unfazed and raring to go as seeks to go one better than last year when he lost an epic Melbourne Park final to Roger Federer.

"He won a couple more Grand Slams".

While physical doubts remain, Djokovic hopes his enforced hiatus, during which he became a father for the second time, will mean the end to the mental struggles that dogged him during the second half of 2016 and first half of 2017.

"He's changed the way he's trained in the last five or six years to give himself more longevity. I did it. I wanted to win a Masters 1000 event and I did it. I haven't dreamt that much about winning at the O2, but I did it". Djokovic admitted, the injury is "still not 100 percent" healed and that he still feels "some pain".