Novak Djokovic makes winning return to the Australian Open

Novak Djokovic makes a winning return to the Australian Open as the nine-time champion cruises past Spain’s Roberto Carballes Baena 6-3,6-4, 6-0 to book his place in the second round… losing just FOUR points in the third set

  • Novak Djokovic has sailed through to the second round of the Australian Open 
  • The Serbian returned to Melbourne Park for the first time since his deportation 
  • Djokovic defeated Spanish rival Roberto Carballes Baena in straight sets 
  • He will face either Enzo Couacaud or Huge Dellien in the second round 

Two years on from his previous appearance at the Australian Open, Novak Djokovic picked up from where he left off in Melbourne with a comfortable straight sets victory over Roberto Carballes Baena. 

Having missed last year’s tournament following his deportation amid a Covid vaccine row, Djokovic made a winning return to Melbourne Park and was warmly received by the Australian crowd.

He entered the court to loud cheers and beamed a huge smile as he waved to the masses, who had been warned that they risked being kicked out if they chose to boo the Serb. 

Novak Djokovic has eased through to the Australian Open second round with straight sets win

The 35-year-old returned to Melbourne Park for the first time since his deportation ordeal

Djokovic received a warm welcome from fans who had been warned they risked being kicked out if they chose to boo the nine-time Australian Open winner

There had been concerns surrounding the 35-year-old’s fitness entering the tournament, with Djokovic forced to end a training session early owing to a hamstring knock.

The Serb was seen with heavy strapping on his left leg but he looked in scintillating form as he saw off his Spanish opponent with ease at Rod Laver Arena. 

Djokovic will face either Enzo Couacaud or Huge Dellien in the second round. 

More to follow.  




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