Five weeks after the Corona Court controversy lost in Australia, world number one Novak Djokovic has successfully returned to the tennis tour. In Dubai, the Serb won his first round game against Italian Lorenzo Musetti on Monday Lord 6:3, 6:3, After 74 minutes, Djokovic won his first match of the year and the fans cheered him on with Serbian flags.
Djokovic said in an interview on the pitch, he enjoyed it very much: “I couldn’t have asked for a better reception.” He had not played a match since his semi-final in the Davis Cup with the Serbian team in early December. The long break had no effect against the 19-year-old Musetti. A break in the first set was enough. In the second round, Djokovic held his opponent’s serve twice and blocked all seven breakballs against himself.
“Overall I have to be satisfied with my tennis,” he said. The top seeds in the last 16 will now face either Alex de Minaur of Australia or Olympic finalist Karen Khachanov of Russia, who will meet on Tuesday.
Djokovic in danger of losing top spot in world rankings
Djokovic is also ranked number one in the world rankings this week. If Russian Daniil Medvedev wins the tournament in Acapulco, Mexico at the same time, he will definitely replace Djokovic as the industry leader. Changes at the top of the world rankings are also possible in several other scenarios.
A negative PCR test is enough for Djokovic, who has not been vaccinated against the coronavirus, to be able to play in Dubai. The record winner was unable to participate in the Australian Open in January because his medical exemption from the tournament was not sufficient for entry. A federal court overruled his objection to expulsion the day before the start.