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Novak Djokovic has been forced into a break because of injury..

Pat Cash discusses Novak Djokovic's decision to end 2017 season

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Novak Djokovic is being forced to miss the rest of the 2017 season because of an elbow injury, but Pat Cash believes it will help him get back to his best in the long run.

Speaking to Radio 5-Live, former Wimbledon champion Cash said: "We all know how tough and athletic he is, we want to see that again. 

"It might seem a bit obvious for a tennis player to get tennis elbow and there is literally no cure for it, it just takes time, usually about a year or so, to fix it.

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"But, it is probably just what the doctor ordered, to take time off. After so many unbelievable years, 2017 has been poor for him."

Djokovic won the Aegon International on July 1, but it was his first title since January.

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His performance in the Grand Slams this year have been far below his usual standard, too.

The Australian Open ended with a loss to Denis Istomin - the world number 117 - the French Open finished for him at the quarter final stage, while the Serbian was forced to retire injured at Wimbledon in a quarter-final against Tomas Berdych.

Cash continued, saying that it's definitely a long-term process for Djokovic to get back into his stride, comparing things to Roger Federer's injury lay-off last year.

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"It will take time for him to get his intensity back," he said.

"It won't be like Roger Federer, who was winning Grand Slams straight out of the blocks after he came back, but some time next year he will be playing well again."

The Australian elaborated, considering Djokovic's style as one that will take time to rise to the top, rather than Federer's uniqueness. 

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"Djokovic's style is very similar to almost everyone else on the circuit, but he was just that bit fitter, that bit more flexible, that bit more mentally tough," said Cash.

"He has probably lost two of those three major qualities, but he will be very sensible and make sure he is ready when he does come back. I do think he will be competitive again."

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Maria Sharapova
Novak Djokovic
Serena Williams
Andy Murray
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Rafael Nadal
Roger Federer

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