Viktor Axelsen: “You realistically cannot peak at so many tournaments all the time. It’s not possible. So I just try to do maintenance, so to say. Just try to maintain the level of play I have, physically and also mentally. Because there is a lot of pressure every time you go on court. So it’s a balance and I think I’ve managed to do my best in that regard.

“This time it’s definitely a different feeling compared to what you are used to. Usually for the World Championships you have a bit of a training stint beforehand and you know everybody is coming in their best shape. However this time around many of the Asian players have been travelling since September and we have been playing a lot of tournaments as well, so it’s definitely a different situation right now. But I’m really keen to get going and hopefully I can bring my best game.”

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