Happy New Year! This is just a short update on my way to Australia.
After a pit-stop in Barcelona a long flight is ahead of me – and there are some tennis stars on the passenger list. In addition to my team, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal are on board, and, of course, not to forget, my pal and sparring partner Dennis Novak.
In 2014 I played my first Grand Slam tournament in Melbourne, after going through the qualifying rounds, even though I lost to Kevin Anderson in the second round. During the holidays I grabbed an old match shirt from the closet to take a colorful picture with different adidas-shirts. It reminded me of some great moments in my career, and the Australian Open play a major part in it. After beating Rafael Nadal and Alexander Zverev I reached my third Major-final in “down under“. Even though I lost to Novak Djokovic in the final it was an epic fight.
What are my expectations for this year? First I will work at a training camp in Adelaide with Novak and “Rafa“ to fine-tune my tennis, at the ATP-Cup I want to boost my self-confidence. For the beginning of the season I must be at 100%. I clearly proved last year that I like the conditions in Melbourne. My wish for 2021 is to win a second Major title, of course.
By the way, there are also some private news. Never ever had I thought that my Instagram-picture together with Lili would cause such a hype. Within a few hours I had requests for interviews from Germany and Austria, which I had to turn down though. My private life shall remain private, however, I´ll tell my fans that much: I first met Lili in Vienna. We get along well, we can laugh together and we enjoyed the few days together we have had so far.