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Djokovic says elbow injury was 'a great lesson to learn'

Kachi Wachuku in ATP Tour 27 Dec 2017
  • Djokovic determined to learn from unprecedented elbow injury break
  • Serbian set to return at the Mubabala World Tennis Championships
Novak Djokovic. (credit: Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images)

Former No.1 returns to tennis with new perspective on career

Novak Djokovic has admitted that his six-month absence from the tour has taught him a new lesson about his career. 

"It's been a real roller coaster ride for me for a year and a half with this issue,"  the Serb confessed to Abu Dhabi's Sport360.

"I've never had surgery in my life, I've never had any major injuries that kept me away from the tour for such a long time. Never missed a grand slam in my professional career. It was a big decision, a big call to make," the 30-year old said.

"I've learned a lesson because I really want to avoid getting to that stage of an injury ever in my career after this."

"I can't wait to get back on the competition level but it was a great experience for me to have." 

"And it was a somewhat necessary experience because I got maybe too comfortable with not having major injuries." he concluded.

See also: Novak Djokovic Australian Open 2018 Latest News

Djokovic is set to make his return at this week's Mubadala World Tennis Championships before kicking off his 2018 season at the ATP 250 Qatar Open - where he is the defending champion. 

He will then move over to Melbourne for the Australian Open where he is a six-time former champion, at his lowest ranking in a decade.

The Serbian has not played since retiring from his Wimbledon quarter-final match against Tomas Berdych in early July. 

The Mubadala World Tennis Championships is live from Abu Dhabi from 28-30 December 2017.

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