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Djokovic Keeps Tight-Lipped On Jelena’s Due Date

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Djokovic© CostantiniNovak Djokovic is practising in Rome ahead of next week's Internazionali BNL d'Italia.

Some things Novak Djokovic likes to keep private.

Just as Roger Federer had stayed tight lipped about the due date of his second set of twins, Leo and Lenny, born on 6 May, Djokovic followed suit.

“I have been told not to say too much,” admitted Djokovic, on Sunday at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia. “I cannot say the date, but it will happen at the end of the year.”

Djokovic announced to his Twitter followers on 24 April that his fiancée, Jelena Ristic, was pregnant.

Djokovic, who will celebrate his 27th birthday on 22 May, is returning to ATP World Tour action this week for the first time since 19 April, when he lost to Federer in the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters semi-finals.

Having overcome a wrist problem, the World No. 2 said, “It was a big decision not to go to Madrid, but I had to assess the risk in competing as it might have compromised my participation in future tournaments. I did not want it to become chronic. The wrist is something that is always active as a tennis player, who hit thousands of balls per day.

“I did not feel any pain four days before I was supposed to go to Madrid [for the Mutua Madrid Open], though the medical team advised me not to go. I listened to what they said, because I wanted it to heal 100 per cent.

“I have practised and my wrist has been monitored. All the experts – a few doctors and my physiotherapist – said that after I played points and full training, I was able to return to tournament play. Right now, I feel confident about the state of my wrist. I am more ready than I was one week ago to play a match.”

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Djokovic will begin his quest for a third title (2008 and 2011) at the Foro Italico, venue of the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 clay-court tournament in Rome, against Radek Stepanek in the second round.

“I hope I have the mental and physical freshness in returning here,” said Djokovic. “I do not like to skip the big tournaments. I have been injury-free the past five years, but this time the injury kept me away. Having missed Madrid, it might influence my first match here against Stepanek. But I am looking for that edge. I need clay matches and get myself on a run of confidence.”

The Serbian has a 19-3 match record on the season. In Rome he will be attempting to lift his 19th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 trophy.

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