Novak Djokovic could only start the season with success. On the other hand, even Jannik Sinner, who had had the opportunity to train together, had explained how fit he had found the Serbian champion. In short: Djokovic returned to Australia after 12 months of nightmare, he had a good reception and expressed good tennis.
The afternoon was therefore decidedly productive given the circumstances. Nole explained: “Obviously it’s good to be back. I already won in Adelaide in 2007 a long time ago, so it was an incredible feeling to play again in this city and on these fields.
Also it was nice to see my former coach Petrovic. Seeing the court packed for my first match was definitely a very pleasant surprise. I have seen so much support, so much love. This obviously motivated me and allowed me to express myself better on the pitch with my game.”
And in analyzing the match he obviously limited himself to the bare minimum, also given the few complications caused by Lestienne.
Novak Djokovic’s reaction to the welcome from the Australian crowd
Djokovic added: “I was able to play well in the important moments once I got the break I never looked back.
I also played very well in the second set. Obviously the first games of the season after the break are always tricky. You don’t know how you will start. You hope you can play as well as you do in training, but obviously the games are different.
I’m glad I managed to do everything right. And I had a great welcome, I couldn’t hope for a better start to the season. Australia has treated me well in terms of tennis. I mean, the experience so far has been positive, everyone has been very welcoming to me in every context.
I can only say thank you because I feel great. This obviously reflects on my tennis and my game, how I feel on the court, because it’s something I want to focus on. That’s why I’m here and I hope it can stay that way.”
The nervousness was there. Even if it didn’t affect his performance on the court in any way. He told: “Well, look, I can say that coming to Australia this year was different. Year than any other year, certainly due to the events of 12 months ago, but at the same time, 12 months is also quite a long time.”