Novak Djokovic says his right ankle is not bothering him anymore.
The top-ranked player twisted his ankle while representing Serbia in the Davis Cup in April then appeared to hurt it again in a second-round loss to Grigor Dimitrov at the Madrid Open on Tuesday.
''I feel better. The ankle is not bothering me anymore, which is great news,'' Djokovic said at the Italian Open on Sunday. ''I'm already slowly starting to release the protection from the ankle because I feel more and more stable on it. There's no pain, which is great.''
Djokovic won the Italian Open in 2008 and 2011 and he's looking forward to a warm reception at the Foro Italico after the Madrid crowd turned against him in the loss to Dimitrov.
''I love Italy. I also speak Italian so I feel like a local,'' Djokovic said.
Against Dimitrov, Djokovic slipped on the baseline during the middle of the match and winced in pain. He then called for a trainer and took a lengthy break to get treatment. The wait for the match to ...