More Sites
Search
Flagman nearly crushed in race car crashFlagman nearly crushed in race car crash Australian Mori's fastest goalAustralian Mori's fastest goal Record broken as shocking keeper found outRecord broken as shocking keeper found out
advertisement
Most popular articles
Rafael Nadal.Guts and gloryWhy celebrate Rafael Nadal's Open pain?
Wide World of Sports TV partners
Footy ClassifiedOur award winning panel tell it how it really is in the AFL world.NRL Footy ShowFatty and the gang bring you an entertaining look at rugby league.Wide World of SportsCatch up with Ken Sutcliffe and the team on Wide World of Sports.AFL Footy ShowAustralia's favourite team takes you through the week in AFL.
Djokovic warms up for Aus Open against car
Guy Hand
17:23 AEST Fri Jan 11 2013

Novak Djokovic has proved he can serve and hit a forehand faster than a souped-up sports car.

So best of luck, first-round opponent Paul-Henri Mathieu, and anyone else standing in the path of the world No.1 as he attempts to win a third successive Australian Open.

Pitting Djokovic's best shots against an Audi R8 racing car at Melbourne's Sandown Raceway on Friday might have been a stunt to promote his racquet sponsor Head.

But his whoops of delight, a smile which never left his face and the demeanour of a stand-up comedian throughout showed how ultra-relaxed the Serbian is ahead of a title defence in which he wears a target on his back for 127 other players.

Djokovic believes he has learned to deal with the expectations that come with his lofty position, and is doing so better than any time in his career.

"Pressure is part of what we do. It's a privilege also, because you're doing something that is worthy, but it is also a challenge," Djokovic said.

"I manage to deal with it, managed to understand it better by playing many years at the top level of tennis.

"It's not something you are born with. You learn how to deal with the expectations of pressure as you play more tournaments, play more tennis, and the more time you spend as a professional athlete.

"There are expectations for someone who is in my position, but I am looking forward to it."


You need the latest version of Flash Player.
Enjoy the most vivid content on the web
Watch video without extra features
Interact with applications on your favourite sites
Upgrade now