Djokovic Marks Comeback in Style With Crushing Win Over Dominic Thiem


Australian bad boy Bernard Tomic was fined a third of his £35,000 ($47,500) prize money for unsportsmanlike conduct at Wimbledon, after saying he felt "bored" and "couldn't care less" following a straight-sets defeat on day one.

The top half appears relatively open for top-seeded Nadal, who opens against 81 {+s} t-ranked Victor Estrella Burgos. He is likely to face fifth seed Dominic Thiem as early as in the fourth round. A similar controversy blew up at the Auckland Classic this week when four players pulled out before their opening matches, citing injury or illness.

"I don't want to be over-confident", he said. The previous year I was playing only Futures, now I'm playing this year a Grand Slam and I'm really focusing on Challengers, so it's a very big progress for me and I'm happy about it.

"For now I'm in the tournament and let's hope with God's grace everything will be fine in the next five days".

This year it's even more wide open than normal for both the men and women. The Austrian rebounded to win his sole title of 2017 on clay in Rio de Janeiro, beating Pablo Carreno Busta in the final. I take it the right way. "So glad to be back and so nice to start in a country and a city where I have the greatest memories". As we've seen with Federer and Rafael Nadal, in order to play into their 30's, changes to their style of game have been necessary.

Although Djokovic said he was delighted with his performance, especially his serve, he acknowledged that he was still not in ideal shape.

But in the match against Hewitt, the Australian was able to attack Djokovic's serve with aggressive play.

"I'm grateful and flattered that people see me as one of the favourites, but I have to take a step back", said the six-time Australian Open champion, the most successful men's player at Melbourne Park alongside Roy Emerson.

Maria Sharapova [16.0] will get plenty of attention, after re-entering the top 50 for the first time since her ban.

"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".

Ajla Tomljanovic meets French Open and 29th seed Lucie Safarova, while Sam Stosur has a tough start against 2016 Rio gold medallist Monica Puig.

Djokovic, who had been sidelined with the elbow injury since a quarterfinal loss at Wimbledon a year ago, initially planned to play in an exhibition event in Abu Dhabi and then a tournament in Qatar to start the season, but withdrew from both due to lingering pain in his elbow.