11/1/12 8:28 PM | Johan Lindahl
Novak Djokovic is weighed down by worry despite being assured of ending a second straight season at No. 1 in the world.
Djokovic is currently plagued by doubts amid speculation - which he and his team refuse to address - on issues ranging from his own questionable fitness after a long season and a father reportedly ill in a Serbian hospital with respiratory problems.
It's no wonder that the Serb sounds somewhat tentative about his start in London at the World Tour Finals from Monday. An opening-match loss to American Sam Querrey in three sets at this week's Paris Masters after winning the first set 6-0 did not help the Djokovic mood.
While refusing specifically to speak to reports on his father's situation, Djokovic did admit that he has not himself been the picture of health. "I've not been feeling very good the last few days." And reports from Serbia suggest that he made a flying visit home to see his father this week.
While he is surely going to end up playing in London along with the other members of the elite eight, Djokovic is sounding more than tentative. "Now that I'm done with the (Paris Bercy) tournament, I will sit down with the team and see what's the best thing to do before London. The way I feel, I definitely need a few days' rest, and then try to get a few days' practice before the tournament starts."
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