Djokovic expects Rome return — with two coaches — while Federer, Serena wait

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Novak Djokovic is likely to play next week's Masters at Rome after a successful practice with his injured wrist.

"I completed a session of stepped-up training today after sparing my arm for the past five or six days. I am pleased, everything went painlessly," he said afterwards at his home club at Belgrade.

The Serb said he would make a decision after a second practice but indicated he expected to play next week.

The tournament will also be another opportunity for Djokovic to work together with new coach Boris Becker and longtime adviser Marian Vajda, both of whom will be with him at Rome and the French Open. "There was an agreement before hand for both of them to be with me at Roland Garros," he said. "Rome will be the best final test for us to see how it works altogether."

Roger Federer, meanwhile, has neither pulled out nor confirmed his participation at the Masters event after becoming a father for the second time. He was seen practicing at a Zurich club on Thursday, with his four-year-old twin girls at the training session. Federer and his wife, Mirka, became the parents of twin boys on Tuesday.

Serena Williams says she will still try to play the tournament after pulling out of her Madrid quarterfinal today with a left thigh injury.


 

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