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Novak Djokovic withdraws from final Australian Open tuneup because of elbow pain

Novak Djokovic withdraws from final Australian Open tuneup because of elbow pain

Novak Djokovic withdrew from another tournament on Saturday, this time his final warmup event for the Australian Open, saying he still has pain in his right elbow and isn't sure when he will return to action.

The elbow problem forced Djokovic to withdraw from an exhibition tournament in United Arab Emirates on Friday. The 30-year-old Serb said Saturday his elbow had not improved and he was going to miss next week's Qatar Open.

The tournament in Qatar, where Djokovic is the two-time defending champion, was the last on his schedule before the Australian Open starts on Jan. 15.

“Unfortunately, the situation with the elbow has not changed for (the) better since yesterday....

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