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Djokovic beats Thiem in strong comeback after 6-month absence

14 January 2018, 12:32 | Andy Ferguson

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This was Nadal's first match in a while.

The former world No. 1 appeared calm and poised playing Thiem, something his fans have been anticipating for quite some time. "Basically it's one of the best preseasons I've ever had, I really had fun", said Safwat.

"It would be ideal if I got another tournament under my belt before the Australian Open but my elbow wasn't ready but I'm going to take whatever I can".

Djokovic will begin this tournament ranked number 14 in the world and seriously lacking any kind of form after being out injured for the second half of last season.

This year it's even more wide open than normal for both the men and women. He holds the record of most titles won in Melbourne, six.

As it stands, Roger Federer could be king of Melbourne again at 36, winning his 20th major, and perhaps Angelique Kerber can rediscover the magic that lifted her to the women's championship two years ago but you would not bet on either outcome.

She said: "I have pain in my right adductor. Especially the serve - that was the biggest question mark because of the elbow, that shot in my game was compromised", Djokovic said according to The Guardian.

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Djokovic shows off his new sleeve in his return to the court.

"It's the first time in my career that I've had such a long break", Djokovic explained.

Argentine Juan Martin del Potro made a confident start to his preparations for the Australian Open with a 6-2, 6-4 win Wednesday over Canadian Denis Shapovalov at the Auckland Classic tennis tournament in Auckland.

"I know he's got a bit of a mixed image for some people".

Ajla Tomljanovic meets French Open and 29th seed Lucie Safarova, while Sam Stosur has a tough start against 2016 Rio gold medallist Monica Puig. Players are coming out of the off-season, often without much match practice.

Williams' quarter also includes fourth-seeded Elina Svitolina and 13th-seeded Sloane Stephens, who won last year's U.S. Open but has lost all seven matches she's played since. "I'll be fine for the Open". Former world No. 1 Moya will lead the Mallorcan's team, after spending last season with Rafael and Toni preparing for the latter's retirement, having helped Nadal roar back to life after a barren three-year spell without a Grand Slam trophy.

Roger laughs as he adds that "I never beat Rafter but that doesn't matter (because), you shouldn't beat your favourite players anyway" but singles out other Australian connections with deep sincerity.



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