Djokovic beats Thiem in strong comeback after 6-month absence

13 Enero, 2018, 05:13 | Author: Thomas Hicks
  • Djokovic beats Thiem in strong comeback after 6-month absence

"Now I know his secret!"

"It can free up the mind because you're coming in with lower expectations maybe", the Swede, who will be hosting his Game, Set and Mats show for Eurosport during the Open, told Reuters.

Federer will open his title defence against Slovenia's 51st-ranked Aljaz Bedene and has a potential quarter-final with David Goffin.

However, he comes into the tournament short of match practice, having barely competed since an elbow injury forced his retirement at Wimbledon in July. Former Australian victor Stan Wawrinka, who hasn't played since Wimbledon after knee surgery, is the same section of the draw and faces Lithuania's Ricardas Berankis first up. He had an exceptional 2017, winning seven titles, including two Slams - the Australian Open and Wimbledon.

Not to mention he hasn't lost a first round match in a grand slam in 15 years.

Not since the glory days of Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras almost two decades ago and more recently Roger Federer, has the long-time exhibition event hosted as distinguished a field.

Has any grand-slam build-up stood more at the mercy of torn muscles, ligaments and tendons?

The Australian Open has been hit hard by absences with Andy Murray, Serena Williams and Kei Nishikori among those to have withdrawn, while Nadal and Novak Djokovic have also been struggling with injuries.

The former Wimbledon finalist's ranking has slid to 83 after making a first-round exit previous year in 14 tournaments including Wimbledon and the US Open.

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Federer, who is fresh off securing a third Hopman Cup title for Switzerland, is eyeing a sixth Australian Open crown in Melbourne this month.

Defending champion Roger Federer could then await in the semi-finals before a potential showdown with world No 1 Rafael Nadal in the final.

Another former grand slam champion, Marin Cilic, did not have such a good day at the former venue of the Australian Open with the Croatian world No. 6 losing 6-7 (3), 6-4, 7-5 to Australian Matthew Ebden.

"This whole tennis thing is kind of getting to me", said Aiava, who is ranked world No.193.

Organizers defended the decision to invite Sharapova to appear as the representative for the women's draw, with tournament director Craig Tiley saying the sanction was over and the 30-year-old Russian was there as a former champion.

"The drive, I still have it".

He said: "I don't want to be overconfident". "I put a lot of expectations on myself because I have been there, and I have delivered in those moments".

Djokovic continued: "I'm still not 100 per cent".

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