The event opening in Acapulco will see Novak Djokovic, current World No. 2 start the 2017 season on a fresh note and he has noted that he remains very much motivated ahead of the game.

Accepting the wild card offered on Friday by the organizers, the tennis star arrived the Mexican city on Sunday and has no more than 48 hours to get acquainted to the new time zone and very hot climate of the city.

Monday saw Djokovic practice on the Central Court at 14:00 in the South American city when the temperature was at about 36C. Speaking at a press conference after his training, he noted that it was a quite difficult training session for him.

“It was a difficult training session for me. Hopefully playing at night will be more pleasant, because it’s very difficult to play when it’s hot. I will have to get used to a place where I have never been to.”

The native of Belgrade will face Martin Klizan on Tuesday in what would be his first match on the ATP Tour in more than a month. He had previously lost on January 19th to Denis Istomin in the Australian Open at the second level of the competition.

He also went on talking about his loss in Australia and how he felt after losing. He however believes that he has been able to learn from his losses and will definitely perform a whole lot better in the nearest future.

Djokovic believes that despite the ups and downs he faces, what keeps him going is his passion for the sport as he sees himself quite privileged to participate in the sport he so much loves.

He noted his surprise as to how Roger won the Australian Open despite suffering an injury that threatened his involvement in the sport.