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24-times
Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic is enjoying some skiing in Italy before his
return to the Sunshine Double at the BNP Paribas Open Indian Wells. The Serbian
maestro decided to take a break from tennis to rest after his semifinal exit at
the Australian Open.

The World
No. 1 saw his unbeaten streak in Melbourne come to an end after 33 victories
and four consecutive titles. Djokovic kept his fans updated on social media,
sharing a couple of photos from the Val Garde ski resort in northern Italy.
‘Nole was seen sporting a stylish green quilted jacket and gave a shout-out to
his racket sponsor, Head, who also manufactures skiing equipment.

“New
super G record of the World Cup Ski slope,” wrote Djokovic on his
Instagram stories.

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The Return
to the Sunshine Double

Djokovic
has chosen not to enter tournaments during February and will make his comeback
at Indian Wells, scheduled to take place between March 8-19. The 36-year-old
player hasn’t competed in the US Masters 1000 events since 2019, the year he
exited in the third round of the tournament. In 14 appearances, he has secured
5 titles, putting him on par with Roger Federer as the tournament’s
joint-highest winners.

Following
his time in California, Djokovic will participate in the Miami Open, taking
place between March 17-31, also marking his return for the first time since
2019. The Serbian maestro is the tournament’s most successful player, clinching
six titles in 13 appearances, and he aims to further surpass Federer’s record
with four titles.

‘Nole,’
renowned for his outstanding performances in the Sunshine Double, secured both
titles for three consecutive years (2014-2016). However, in the five editions
between both tournaments since then (2017-2019), he hasn’t advanced beyond the
fourth round.

Djokovic
will enter both tournaments as the top seed, where he doesn’t have points to
defend, presenting a significant opportunity to widen his lead in the rankings
over No. 2 Alcaraz, who is defending 1360 points.

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