“I think we are going to witness longer games this year,” said Novak Djokovic.

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In his opening match at the Australian Open in 2023, Novak Djokovic had no issues. The former world number one defeated the Spanish opponent Roberto Carballes Baena on the Rod Laver Arena while displaying his excellent physical condition in preparation for tougher testing.

In order to “avenge” his expulsion from last year’s tournament and beat Rafael Nadal at 22 Grand Slams, the Serbian champion is searching for his tenth crown in Melbourne Park. The American McDonald knocked out the Spaniard in the second round, and he sustained hip damage.

Nole will do every effort to reestablish himself “Down Under,” where he hasn’t even dropped a game since 2018. Despite suffering a left hamstring injury during the Adelaide event, the 35-year-old Belgrade player appears to be able to manage the problem without too much difficulty.

As the rounds progress, Novak wants to get stronger so that by the second week, he can play all of his cards. Djokovic was asked about the new Dunlop balls during the press conference. The keenest observers will recall Nadal‘s harsh criticism of this.

The new balls for Nole Djokovic

At his most recent news conference, Novak Djokovic was questioned about the new Dunlop tennis balls that are being used in the 2023 Australian Open. They are slower than in past years, the Serbian is certain of this “This year, the balls have altered. The ball gets bigger or hairier and moves slower as there are more interchanges and playing time. Popyrin has been playing for four hours, while Ruud has been playing for three and a half hours, according to what I can observe.

The ball is definitely one of the key reasons why I believe games will be lengthier this season. I don’t believe the pace of the court has changed much; the stadiums are a little slower than the outer courts, but the ball is slower, which has an impact on the game “.

Novak Djokovic is confident that he will do well at the 2023 Australian Open. When it comes down to it, the results are just numbers, according to Novak Djokovic. “I mean, I’ve been in situations before where I’ve played for some really big historic things, and I’ve been blessed to have more success than failures in those particular situations, so they’re just numbers,” he added. I know how to act and how to handle the situation. Let’s see how far I can push myself.