Rome – Novak Djokovic is ready to return from the right wrist injury that forced him to withdraw from the Madrid Open a week ago.

The second-ranked Serb had a couple of long practice sessions over the weekend as he prepares for this week's Italian Open and Roland Garros, which starts in two weeks.

Djokovic says he's been pain-free for 10 days and “right now I feel much more confident at the state of my wrist and I know that I'm ready much more to play a match than I was one week ago.”

When Djokovic lost to Roger Federer in the Monte Carlo Masters semifinals last month, his wrist was heavily strapped and he was unable to play at his usual level.

He opens in Rome against Czech veteran Radek Stepanek. – Sapa-AP