Playing his first match since Wimbledon 2017, Novak Djokovic beat world no.5 Dominic Thiem 6-1, 6-4 in 62 minutes at Kooyong Classic.
The 30-year-old Serbian star broke the Austrian three times in the opening set that lasted just 20 minutes. After saving all seven break points he faced in the second set, Novak converted his break point opportunity in the 10th game and sealed the win.
“I’m smilling, inside and outside. I just love this sport so much,” the 12-time Grand Slam champion said in his mid match interview.
Nole will be back on court later today in Melbourne Park for the Tie Break Tens exhibition event against Lleyton Hewitt (19:30 local time / 09:30 CET).
It’s great to have you back, Novak!
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