Novak Djokovic dominates Dominic Thiem in first match since Wimbledon

  • Novak Djokovic dominates Dominic Thiem in first match since Wimbledon

Novak Djokovic dominates Dominic Thiem in first match since Wimbledon

The former World No. 1, who admittedly is still not at 100% fitness, played his first match after the break on Wednesday at the high-profile exhibition event, the Kooyong Classic.

Six-time Australian Open champion Djokovic pulled out of events in Abu Dhabi and Doha with elbow soreness before heading to Melbourne, and hasn't hit a ball in anger since the problem forced him to quit Wimbledon in the quarterfinals in July.

"Still a lot to do but I'm feeling really positive so looking forward to starting", added the three-times grand slam victor.

"I can't stop laughing outside and inside".

THE Australian Open is missing two of its greatest stars.

The Australian Open betting odds make Federer the favourite to win 2018's first Grand Slam ahead of Nadal and Djokovic.

"This has been a tough period for me, obviously injury is the greatest enemy a professional athlete can have", the Serbian added.

"It's not an official match but still a test for me and good practice, that's the most important thing, that's the most important thing for the whole season", the 31-year-old Spaniard said, reaffirming his need to keep practising hard to be prepared for the Australian Open. "It's a great start".

The five-time major victor finished 2017 ranked No. 60, meaning she missed out on a seeding for the Australian Open and could face 2016 champion Kerber in the third round.

And while Croft insists the way Federer and Nadal played means they would have been the best players even if the others were about, she thinks others will look at their time away from court and follow suit. The fifth set (of the final) was maybe the best set I ever played.

ESPN analyst and former world No. 1 Chris Evert said Federer's experience and smooth style of play, which has left him relatively injury-free, set him apart from the field. 19-time major champion Roger Federer has been given the number two spot, Grigor Dimitrov at three, followed by Alexander Zverev and Dominic Thiem who completes the top five.

Federer, who won last year's final in five sets, has 2/1 odds of winning the title, according to OddsChecker.

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"It doesn't help when someone wants to walk on the court and get straight back off - that mental state doesn't help", she said.