Djokovic returns from injury layoff with thumping win

Djokovic returns from injury layoff with thumping win

Djokovic returns from injury layoff with thumping win

The former World No. 1, who admittedly is still not at 100% fitness, played his first match after the break on Wednesday at the high-profile exhibition event, the Kooyong Classic.

"The fifth set was maybe the best set I ever played".

Whether Djokovic will consider himself fit enough to make his official comeback next week at the Australian Open, which he has won six times, remains to be seen. CiCi Bellis is one of the most promising young women on tour having reached the US Open second round at the age of just 15, and has reached the third round of both the French and US Opens in her short career.

"If I got to play the way I did yesterday against the number five in the world". Luckily for me Im here and so Im hoping in the next four, five days everything will go well and Ill be ready for the Open.”.

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"I just thought that the game and the wins weren't going to come, I was probably going to lose at some stage", Federer said at Thursday night's Open draw at Melbourne Park. "It was the highlight of a year ago, beating Wimbledon and all the other tournaments I played".

In a women's field notably missing 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams, there appear to be many chances of a new Australian Open champion this year.

Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.Julian Finney/Getty Images.

The last time a Grand Slam champion took a six-month absence due to injury they went on to win the Australian Open, and Djokovic will look to take a leaf out of Federer's book when taking part in his first major tournament since Wimbledon. Venus was dealt one of the toughest possible opening draws, facing 77th-ranked Belinda Bencic, a teen prodigy whose ranking fell after undergoing left wrist surgery previous year. Anything can happen. It's a Grand Slam.

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Djokovic and Wawrinka, though, are yet to demonstrate that they have fully recovered from the elbow and knee injuries, respectively, that have sidelined the pair since August.

For women's singles event, Caroline Wozniacki is seeded second Garbine Muguruza followed by Elina Svitolina, Venus Williams, Karoliina Pliskova, Jelena Ostapenko, Caroline Garcia, Johanna Konta, CoCo Vandeweghe.

Yet few would be surprised if the tournament ends in a repeat of last year's final with Federer up against his great Spanish rival and top seed Rafa Nadal.

Like many players, injuries plagued Kyrgios' 2017, but in front of a willing home crowd at Melbourne Park, the right-hander will be desperate to put on a dazzling display.

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In the bottom half, Wozniacki will not be unduly anxious by the first week, although Ostapenko could lurk in the quarters. Referring to the final set of the thriller, which he won 6-3, he said: "It was an awesome final, an awesome moment for me in my life and it's great to be back here", as quoted by the Express.

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