Novak Djokovic Marks His Return To Australian Open With Victory
It was a sweet return to the Australian Open for Novak Djokovic as he defeated Roberto Carballes Baena in his first-round game.
Novak Djokovic who was deported from Australia over a year ago for breaching Covid-19 protocol received a resounding welcome back to Melbourne.
The Serbian thanked the crowd for a “welcoming reception he could only dream of” after he made the perfect return to the Australian Open with a victory over Roberto Carballes Baena.
Djokovic won 6-3 6-4 6-0 in his first Grand Slam match in Melbourne since his controversial deportation in 2022.
The 35-year-old tennis icon walked out to loud cheers, with flags and banners displayed around Rod Laver Arena.
Chants of “Nole! Nole! Nole!” also rang around the 15,000-capacity arena after Djokovic won crucial points in a one-sided first-round match against Spain’s Carballes Baena.
“I couldn’t ask for a better start to the tournament,” the fourth-seed Serbian star said.
“Thank you for giving me such a welcoming reception that I could only dream of,” he told the packed crowd.
“I feel really happy that I’m back here in Australia and on the court where I have had the biggest success in my career.
“Definitely this court is the most special court in my life.”
Naija News recalls that Djokovic was unable to compete at last year’s Australian Open after the Australian government canceled his visa because of his Covid-19 vaccination status.
He had already received plenty of support from fans on his return to Australia earlier in January.