Novak Djokovic is counting the hours until his return to one of his favourite venues in tennis as the No. 1 primes for the Monday start of the Aussie tennis summer.
Djokovic has never been more successful then when he steps onto the showcase stadium honouring one of the greats of the past, with the Serb the owner of eight Melbourne Grand Slam titles.
“It does feel like a home for me in Australia, in Melbourne, particularly in Rod Laver,” he said Sunday prior to the start of the ATP Cup.
“That is by far my most successful tennis court in my career. Had some profound memories in the last 15 years, and won my first Grand Slam back in 2008.
“Obviously I was very fortunate to win it eight times.”
Djokovic will lead Team Serbia in the reduced-format ATP Cup, which will be entirely played at Melbourne Park this week; the OPen begins here a week from Monday.
“I’ve had probably my most exciting matches on this court – definitely the longest ever that I played was in the finals, almost six hours with Rafa in 2012,” Djokovic said.
“Each year that I come back to the court, it feels even better, the more you win obviously on the court, the more confident you feel returning to it.”