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Injured Novak Djokovic will come back mentally stronger, says Pat Cash

first_imgTwelve-times grand slam champion Novak Djokovic’s enforced injury break gives him enough time to rediscover his intense playing style and will also make him mentally tougher on his return, former Wimbledon champion Pat Cash has said.The 30-year-old Serb said he will miss the rest of the tennis season, including next month’s U.S. Open, to recover from a right elbow injury.”It will take time for him to get his intensity back,” Cash, the 1987 Wimbledon singles champion, told the BBC.”Djokovic’s style is very similar to almost everyone else on the circuit, but he was just that bit fitter, that bit more flexible, that bit more mentally tough.”It is probably just what the doctor ordered, to take time off. After so many unbelievable years, 2017 has been poor for him.”Djokovic has struggled over the last 12 months on the court, losing all the grand slam titles he held simultaneously after winning the 2016 French Open. He also lost his world number one ranking to Andy Murray at the end of last year.Cash believes Djokovic should not be expected to return from his injury layoff as spectacularly as Roger Federer, who came back from a long-term knee issue earlier this year to lift Australian Open and Wimbledon titles.”It won’t be like Roger Federer, who was winning Grand Slams straight out of the blocks after he came back, but some time next year he will be playing well again,” Cash added.”He will be very sensible and make sure he is ready when he does come back.”advertisementlast_img read more

Indian compound archery team world class, will taste success in Asiad: Pagni

first_imgKolkata, Aug 6 (PTI) Italian star archer Sergio Pagni, who conducted a 10-day training camp with the Asian Games-bound Indian compound team, is excited to see the progress and said it was primed for success in Indonesia. That India had won medals in all the four events of the compound section when the category was introduced in Incheon four years ago, makes them firm favourites in the August 18-September 2 extravaganza. The 39-year-old, who is the only compound archer to have won successive ‘World Cup Final’ titles in 2010 and 2011, is working with the Indian team since January when the team visited him in Italy for two weeks. “I’m really proud of this group, they are all world class. I am sure that they will come out with flying colours from the Games,” Pagni, a two-time World Championship gold medallist, told PTI from Sports Authority of India training centre in Sonepat. “They have some experienced archers like Abhishek Verma and Rajat Chauhan but at the same time the youngsters also shot consistently. The level we reached was very high.” The women’s team on the other hand has attained a high ahead of the Asian Games by reaching the top of world rankings by virtue of their twin silver medal-winning efforts in the Antalya and Berlin World Cups. However Pagni refused to predict the number of medals India will bag from the compound events. “Every team will fight for the gold and will give their best. It’s about holding your nerves and executing your plans. In such a big competition, it all depends on how someone shoots on that given day. My best wishes to them,” Pagni said.advertisement The Italian will be missed during the games but he said he would stay connected and follow their progress. “I’ve given the instruction to the Indian coaching team who will accompany them. Moreover, my session was more about team building rather than correcting themselves. The likes of Abhishek and Rajat are highly experienced… I only made minor tweaks.” Having earned more than a dozen medals at the world level in a career spanning over a decade, Pagni has no regret about not winning an Olympic medal, as compound is not an Olympic discipline. India’s top compound archer Verma has voiced concern about it but Pagni said they must look beyond the Olympics. “Definitely it’s a dream for any sportsperson to win an Olympic medal. But I cherish all my medals like winning the World Cup Finals, World Championships, they are all equally important. “It’s just that Olympic comes once in four years. I’ve told them to strive for excellence be the number one in your sport. Personally I don’t see coming it to Olympics anytime soon. Stop regretting and focus on the better things on offer,” he said before signing off. The compound events are slated in Jakarta from August 23-28 and the Indian archery contingent is slated to leave on August 13. PTI TAPAHlast_img read more