It’s different, I know that, says Novak Djokovic.

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In 2023, who can stop Novak Djokovic? Right now, nobody. The Serb posts his undefeated record of 12-0 at the 2023 Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, claiming on Sunday that he is close to recovering from the hamstring injury he sustained in January in Australia.

This week marks Djokovic‘s first game action since winning his 22nd Grand Slam championship at the Australian Open. At the ATP 500 in Dubai, where he feels at home, his unbeaten streak will be put to the test. “Dubai has become one of the most important destinations and bases for tennis players, both men and women, in the last 10 to 15 years,” Djokovic said.

“In the off-season, many players, including myself, come here. I make an effort to take a few days off in December so that I may travel to the competition [in February]. Everything about it is exceptional, including the excellent weather, which is quite international.” “Tennis is really popular here.

The tennis players are well-liked here. It’s cozy here for me. I feel at home. When I played in Dubai in the past, they were quite encouraging. I’m anticipating a fun environment on the court.” With a 43-7 record on outdoor hard courts, the 35-year-old has won championships in 2009–11, 2013–, and 2020.

Jiri Vesely defeated Djokovic in the quarterfinals of the 2022 tournament. The world’s top player, who has already claimed two victories this year (Adelaide and Australian Open), claims to be fully committed. The Belgrade tennis star battled a left hamstring strain to win his 10th championship at Melbourne Park.

Nonetheless, Djokovic only lost one set in the season’s opening Major. It was difficult, according to Djokovic. “My teammates and I both understood what I was going through. The fact that I had to overcome [adversity] made the victory in Melbourne all the more sweeter.”

Nole is a 22-time Grand Slam champion, and Novak Djokovic reaffirmed in the press conference that the Grand Slams are his top focus.

Djokovic stated, “I have other goals, top priorities, which are first and foremost trying to be healthy and prepare myself in every respect for the events that I’m going to be playing in, especially establishing form and attempting to peak at the Grand Slams.

Nonetheless, he added, “Wherever I compete, I don’t want to diminish the significance of the tournament, whether it be here in Dubai or the 250 event we’ll be playing in Banja Luka in a few months. “In whatever I do, I aim to succeed.

Because I am aware that it is different, each trophy I win may be worth three or four times as much as others that I have won in the past.”