Serbian world primary Novak Djokovic received on his comeback by beating 19-year-old opponent Lorenzo Musetti 6-3, 6-3 on the Dubai Open.
The spherical of 32 match was delayed by virtually two hours after Andy Murray’s victorious battle with Christopher O’Connell ran effectively over schedule.
But at round 22:15 native time, the Serb lastly took to the court docket to a heat welcome for the primary time since a visa and vaccine scandal noticed him unable to defend his Australian Open crown and deported from the nation.
Cheers of “Novak” might be heard when Djokovic was launched and on the coin toss, which Djokovic acknowledged by placing his thumbs up as at the least 5 family together with spouse Jelena ready to look at him in motion.
Djokovic claimed to reporters at a tightly-controlled press convention on Sunday that he felt he was at his “peak” regardless of the emotional toll the Australian Open debacle took on him.
And whereas we’d not get a real gauge of this but given the extent of opposition in teenage world quantity 58 Musetti, Djokovic did not look too rusty by heading out to a 6-3 result in declare the primary set in 36 minutes after the younger Italian initially tied it 1-1 regardless of unforced errors right here and there.
Musetti took the primary sport of the second set however Djokovic, wearing all inexperienced together with his tennis sneakers, then went 3-1 forward.
At 3-2, the sixth sport went to a deuce wherein Djokovic prevailed earlier than Musetti pulled issues again to 4-3.
Applauding his younger adversary for good factors scored alongside the way in which, Djokovic and his class proved an excessive amount of in the long run with the Serb finishing a ruthless and comfy 6-3, 6-3 triumph.
Elevating his racket to the sky and thanking all 4 corners of the world, Djokovic acquired a rapturous ovation as Serbia flags have been proudly shaken.
“I could not ask for a greater reception, I could not be in a greater place to restart the season,” Djokovic harassed in a brief post-match press convention on Heart Courtroom.
“All in all I’ve to be glad with my tennis. I made a couple of unforced errors but it surely’s regular to anticipate that in your first match. [It was] a really nice expertise for me,” he added.
Djokovic now advances to the second spherical in Dubai, the place he’ll play both Karen Khachanov or Alex de Minaur.
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