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Novak Djokovic takes qualified risk before toughest Australian Open test yet

• Six-time Melbourne champion says suspect elbow getting better each day
• Britain’s Kyle Edmund looks ahead to tough opener with Kevin Anderson

Novak Djokovic handed out sugar-free sweets to the media again on Saturday, spreading love and good health in equal measure, but no amount of bonhomie could disguise that the six-time winner of the Australian Open is in for the toughest fortnight of any of his dozen Melbourne visits.

He is gambling on his suspect elbow holding up with the help of a restructured service action and admitted on the eve of his first match – against the flickeringly dangerous American Donald Young on Tuesday – that his injury, which did not require surgery, is still not “100%”.

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