Novak Djokovic is all set to make his 13th appearance at the ATP 1000 BNP Paribas Open.
Djokovic, a five times winner at the Indian Wells, will be playing his first match since a medical intervention on his right elbow in early February. He will face Japan’s Taro Daniel in the opening round on Sunday.
“The only thing I want is to try to get that confidence back, get that rhythm on the court,” Djokovic said in a pre-tournament interview for ATPWORLDTOUR.COM. “I’ve only played four matches in nine months. So I’m really looking forward to start playing again without pain.”
“Considering my results here in the past it’s one of my favourite places to play. I had surgery after Australia and it’s still a short time but I managed to recover really well so I’m hoping that I can start this tournament as healthy as possible and then start building from there.
“Obviously expectations-wise it’s different. It’s not like coming in like last year or two years ago, this year is really different not just because of rankings but because I haven’t played matches at all.
“The goals are a bit different. Nevertheless when I step on the court it’s game on. I want to get the best out of myself and get a W [win].”
Watch full interview below: