Novak Djokovic believes he had the “greatest possible experience” after winning his first match since being embroiled in a vaccination and visa fiasco in the run-up to the Australian Open at the Dubai Tennis Championships.
When the world number one was deported from Australia on January 16 because to his Covid-19 vaccination status, he became the subject of a global storey.
On his comeback, he defeated Italy’s Lorenzo Musetti 6-3 6-3.
“It was a nice experience”, he remarked.
Following his first match of 2022, Djokovic said, “I couldn’t find a finer site to kick off the season – it was the finest possible experience tonight”.
“Overall, it’s a straight-set win, so I have to be happy, especially after not playing for two and a half, almost three months”.
Djokovic, the top seed, saved all seven break points he faced against Musetti, the world number 58, and will face either Russia’s Karen Khachanov or Australia’s Alex de Minaur in the second round.