Novak Djokovic to reconsider comeback bid after Miami Open exit

Novak Djokovic says he is reconsidering his return to tennis following his early exit at the Miami Open. 

The Serb recently returned from a long-standing elbow injury, but lost his opening match in Florida 6-3 6-4 to Benoit Paire – his third successive defeat.

Now, Djokovic admits he may have to reassess his recovery after claiming he’s finding it “impossible” to attain the level he wants at present.

“I’m trying, but it’s not working,” he said. “That’s all it is. I mean, obviously I’m not feeling great when I’m playing this way.

“Of course I want to be able to play as well as I want to play. Just, it’s impossible at the moment. That’s all.

“I felt I started the match well, first six games. Then I just ran out of gas. He was serving well. I just wasn’t able to break him down. He was just coming up with the good shots at the right time. It happened very fast.

“I wanted to come to Indian Wells and Miami because I wanted to see whether I can play a match.

“I love playing on the hard court. I wanted to get a couple of tournaments before the clay court season starts. I obviously wasn’t ready for that.”

Although he had planned for the two Stateside hardcourt tournaments to be a precursor to a full clay court season, Djokovic sounded unsure after the defeat.

“That was the plan,” he said when asked if he felt ready to head into the Monte Carlo Masters at the end of April. “But let’s see what happens.”