Novak Djokovic stuns the tennis community after announcing that he will compete in Adelaide in January.
This is a huge surprise since the former world no.1 has been struggling with some issues to his left shoulder and his right elbow, and he has now a rather heavy schedule ahead of his Australian Open title defense. In fact, he will compete at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship (19-21 December) before playing in the ATP Cup (3-12 Jan) and in Adelaide (11-18 Jan).
This means that Djokovic may play for 4 consecutive weeks if he goes deep at the ATP Cup and the Australian Open. This doesn’t seem to be the right move to arrive fresh in Melbourne. Probably Djokovic wants to accumulate as many points as he can to regain his world no.1 status.
Adelaide Entry List
Even if usually players do not like playing an event the week before of a slam, Novak will face a good field in Adelaide with the following players: Alex de Minaur, Felix Auger-Aliassime, Lucas Pouille, Andrey Rublev, Pablo Carreno Busta, Taylor Fritz, Cristian Garin and Jan-Lennard Struff.
Djokovic the favorite at the Australian Open
Djokovic is currently considered as the favorite to win the Australian, and his win is quoted at 2.75 by bet365.
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Novak Djokovic’s ranking and performance in 2019
Ranked no.2, Novak played his last match on the 14th of November when he lost to Roger Federer 6-4 6-3 in the Round Robin in London.
This year Novak has a 54-11 win-loss record. The Serbian has won 5 titles in 2019 at the Australian Open, in Madrid, in Wimbledon, in Tokyo and in Paris. The Serbian was the finalist in Rome.
Felix Auger Aliassime’s ranking and performance in 2019
Ranked no.21, Auger-Aliassime played his last match on the 9th of October when he had to surrender to Stefanos Tsitsipas 7-63 7-63 in the 2nd round in Shanghai.
Felix Auger Aliassime’s best performance of the year was reaching the final in Stuttgart, Lyon and Rio de Janeiro.
Novak Djokovic and Felix Auger Aliassime have never played each other.