Saturday, February 4, 2023

Cheers for Djokovic on winning debut in Australia

MELBOURNE, Australia ( Associated Press) – Banners, Serbian flags and loud chants supporting Novak Djokovic’s surname at Rod Laver Arena marked his return to the Australian Open, a tournament he underwhelmed in recent times but in which he has not competed. Could have done a year ago.

Djokovic nodded in a left-handed salute as he entered the court at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday. Soon after, he went to work offering a great deal of tennis and bandaged his left thigh in case there was even the slightest soreness.

With his parents and brother at Melbourne Park for the first time since winning his first Grand Slam title 15 years earlier, Djokovic began the first-round battle by firing an ace at 125 mph (201 kph). He took the first game without dropping a point and took the first set with 12 points in his favor and won 6-3, 6-4, 6-0. after midnight.

“A wonderful atmosphere. Thank you all so much for staying so long. Also thank you for welcoming me so warmly, I could not have imagined this even in my wildest dreams”, to the public during the interview on the pitch Djokovic said while addressing. “I am delighted to be back in Australia and at the ground where I have had the most success in my career”

Djokovic’s participation is probably one of the most discussed topics, perhaps the main one in the first Grand Slam of 2023. This is due to the fact that the Serbian star could not dispute a single point on the podium last season, where he won nine. His crowning glory in the big dates, he was deported from Australia after his visa was revoked and a legal saga for not getting him vaccinated against COVID-19.

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