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Sport 'Never write off Andy and Novak'

20:45  07 december  2017
20:45  07 december  2017 Source:   skysports.com

Former Wimbledon winner warns not to write off Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray at the Australian Open

  Former Wimbledon winner warns not to write off Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray at the Australian Open Former Wimbledon winner and world number one Lleyton Hewitt has warned the tennis world not to underestimate Novak Djokovic or Andy Murray as they gear up for their returns. The duo started the year as the top-two ranked players in the world, however, poor performances along with injuries saw them drop in the rankings, with both players last featuring at SW19 in July.Having emulated Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal by taking time off until the new year, Djokovic and Murray are set to return to action, with the pair both confirmed to feature at the 2018 Australian Open.

Legend Lleyton Hewitt says he would " never write off " Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic from dominating tennis again. Murray has not played competitively since a quarter-final exit at Wimbledon due to an ongoing hip injury, while a persistent right elbow injury ended

Australia's Lleyton Hewitt insists Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic can't be underestimated going forward. ''For them to pick up where they left off a couple of years ago is not that easy. But I would never write those guys off .

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Legend Lleyton Hewitt says he would "never write off" Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic from dominating tennis again.

Murray has not played competitively since a quarter-final exit at Wimbledon due to an ongoing hip injury, while a persistent right elbow injury ended 12-time Grand Slam champion Djokovic's season.

But former world No 1 and Australia's Davis Cup captain Hewitt insists the duo can be a force in the game again despite a number of big name players also expected to make their comeback in the New Year.

"I don't know if they'll be as dominant as they were," said the former US Open and Wimbledon champion. "For them just to pick it up where they left off a couple of years ago, it's not that easy. But I would never write those guys off.

Novak Djokovic 'can't wait to get back on court' as he targets 2018 Australian Open glory

  Novak Djokovic 'can't wait to get back on court' as he targets 2018 Australian Open glory Novak Djokovic will return to action for the first time since Wimbledon in Abu Dhabi. He is hoping that a winning return will help in his quest for the 2018 Australian Open title.The Serbian ace started the year as the number two-ranked player in the world behind Andy Murray as he began his campaign with a win over the Briton to triumph in Doha.

Lleyton Hewitt says Andy Murray or Novak Djokovic can win Australian Open. “For them just to pick it up where they left off a couple of years ago, it’s not that easy. But I would never write those guys off .

Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray are confirmed for the 2018 Australian Open Getty. "But I would never write those guys off . They've played so well in Australia in hot conditions and also in night matches on Rod Laver Arena.

"Both those guys, Djokovic and Murray, have played so well in Australia. They play so well in the hot conditions but also the night matches on Rod Laver Arena. If they can get through that first week and give themselves a chance then they're going to be tough to beat.

"But it's an interesting one. You've got (Stan) Wawrinka, (Milos) Raonic, (Kei) Nishikori - a lot of top guys coming off an extended break from injuries or surgeries at the end of the year."

Hewitt also says he doesn't know whether or not world No 1 Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer are "normal" after they cleaned up at the Slams in 2017.

Asked if they can keep dominating forever, he replied: "You wouldn't think so but those two, I don't know if they're normal. Especially Roger. At his age, and especially how he started the year. He's wound back the clock and even his results against Rafa. It's the best he's ever done against Rafa, so I wouldn't say there's anything those two can't do.

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Djokovic begins preparations with hopes of challenging top-ranked duo Nadal and Federer in 2018 .
Andre Agassi has arrived in Monte Carlo to begin preparations for the 2018 season with Novak Djokovic, who was forced to end his 2017 campaign in July due to an elbow injury.The Serbian has not played since his loss in the quarter-finals at Wimbledon earlier this year and will return to action for the first time at the Qatar Open in Doha during the first week in January. He ended his 2017 campaign prematurely due to an elbow injury.

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