In the yin and yang of the sporting world, Andy Murray returns to action at the Monte Carlo Masters this week admitting that the effort of ending previous year as world No1, for the first time in his career, may well have contributed to his stop-start beginning to the 2017 season.
"This is an historic event for me, I'm working to be ready".
He will face either Tommy Robredo or Luxemburg's Gilles Muller, and is tempering his expectations due to the restrictions on his serve that were evident when he played Roger Federer in an exhibition a week ago. "I had to take two or two and a half weeks off for it so I don't know which is was, the lack of serving or the injury". Maybe if I was in the exact same position next year I would probably do some things differently in terms of the amount of time off I had or where I trained'. "I wouldn't play if I felt like I was risking it". "But I feel fine now, even if the start of the year was a bit tough".
The Scot was forced to withdraw from the Miami Open last month but the two-time Wimbledon champion is confident his elbow will hold up. But I think if Dan has the right mindset I think he can make matches tricky and hard for a lot of players because he does have skills that not everyone does.
'There's maybe some things I would have done a little bit differently, ' he said. I'm training really well. "I have to believe I'll get the results I'm hoping for", added Djokovic, a two-time former victor of the event.
Dan Evans and Kyle Edmund, British number two and three respectively, play each other for the first time on the ATP Tour in the first round on Monday.
However, after an ordinary start to the new season, Djokovic should hit peak form soon if is to stand a chance of winning his third title in Monte Carlo.
"Any such sample could not be associated with a particular player, and the results of the monitoring programme were not shared with anti-doping organisations until after Ms Sharapova's positive test". However, all samples that were analysed for the purposes of that programme were kept anonymous.
Sharapova will make her return from a 15-month ban at the Porsche Grand Prix in Stuttgart on April 26.