Djokovic beats Thiem in strong comeback after six-month absence

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I'll sleep, eat and train and not do too much. Negative signs continued when he chose to opt out of his first warm-up to the Australian Open, in Doha.

Dominic Thiem had no answers to Djokovic's ground strokes.

It is not yet clear who Djokovic will play in his second match at Kooyong, expected to be on Friday. The former ATP World No. 1 is looking for an Australian Open bid, and this win is a huge step toward that goal.

The 30-year-old said he was "very happy with how it went" after his first competitive game since Wimbledon.

"I don't say I'm at 100 per cent, I can only say that when I get the feel of a tournament. For now, I'm in the [Australian Open] and let's hope with God's grace that everything will be fine in the next five days". "I'm happy with that". He holds the record of most titles won in Melbourne, six.

"I don't want to be over-confident", he said.

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It was a welcome sight for Australian Open organisers and fans following the withdrawals of five-time runner-up Andy Murray and Kei Nishikori as well as 23-time slam victor Serena Williams on the women's side, but Djokovic insisted he is still not 100 per cent fit with the tournament set to get underway on Monday.

"I had a great opponent, it was a test for me to see where I am, how the work we did pays off on court. Especially the serve - that was the biggest question mark because of the elbow, that shot in my game was compromised", Djokovic said according to The Guardian.

Djokovic was forced to skip the Mubadala World Tennis Championship and the Qatar Open, having not played competitively since withdrawing from the quarterfinal of Wimbledon in July.

"It feels great. Obviously I was waiting for this moment for six months to get out on the court and play a match", Djokovic said. Djokovic was back after the longest injury layoff of his career.

"I didn't know what was going to happen but we did some treatments and gave it a lot of thought and luckily for me I'm here".

Djokovic faced off against Lleyton Hewitt-coming out of retirement in singles to participate in the exhibition-displaying some sharp movement and fitness around the court. If I got to play the way I did yesterday against the number five in the world.

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