Novak Djokovic didn’t play an official match since last year’s Wimbledon. His right hand’s elbow hampered his inhumanly form in 2017 and had to stop in order to recover.
The 12 time Grand Slam champion’s fitness was still in doubt when he retired from both Abu Dhabi and Doha, where he was the defending champion.
The Serbian then played a few exhibition matches in Australia in order to decide if he would enter the first Grand Slam of the year, where he had great success in the past, winning it 6 times.
If in the exhibition match with Dominic Thiem looked rusty and lacked composure at times, today he looked amazing against Donald Young. It’s also true that the players’ caliber is very different.
Djokovic was very focused and didn’t seem willing to spend too much time on the court. He was composed and inspired. He showed great confidence, dominating the rallies from the baseline and being very aggressive, against an inspired American, which served big and managed to stay in some rallies.
The final score might seem a bit harsh, but shows the truth nevertheless. Nole dominated all aspects of the game.
Djokovic wasn’t willing to give any free points and showed his outstanding fitness and speed, to return almost everything. For every point that Young made, he had to hit 2 or 3 more shots than usually. So Nole’s fitness seems to be no issue, but we’ll see as the tournament progresses.
The Serbian champion claimed the match in a categorical fashion, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4, to book a meeting with Gael Monfils, the 2018’s Doha champion.