Djokovic thrashes La­jovic

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

FOR­MER world No.1 No­vak Djokovic showed signs of a re­turn to form with a 6-0, 6-1 thrash­ing of fel­low Serb Du­san La­jovic in the Monte Carlo Mas­ters first round yes­ter­day.

It was an im­pres­sive per­for­mance from the 30-year-old in his first match since split­ting from coach An­dre Agassi and start­ing to work again with long-time for­mer coach Mar­ian Va­jda.

Djokovic is ranked 13th in the world af­ter lengthy spells off the court with a right el­bow in­jury that he said left him un­able to even “im­per­son­ate a ten­nis serve”.

“The pain was a huge fac­tor that was af­fect­ing my over­all state, my mind,” Djokovic said.

“A lot of things had to be left aside, com­pen­sated be­cause the el­bow was not healed. “But to­day, you know, (I’m) pain-free.” Djokovic has been train­ing with Va­jda for 10 days in the run-up to the tour­na­ment, hav­ing orig­i­nally parted ways with the Slo­vak af­ter last year’s Monte Carlo Mas­ters.

“I’m very happy as he (Va­jda) is more than a coach. He’s more like a brother, a fa­ther,” he said.

“The re­al­ity is I’ve played six or seven matches since July. I’m lack­ing matches and a bit of con­fi­dence on court. But I’m look­ing ahead.”

Ear­lier, Japan’s Kei Nishikori fought back from a set down to see off Czech 12th seed To­mas Berdych and reach the sec­ond round.

In a bat­tle of two for­mer Grand Slam fi­nal­ists, Nishikori raced through the fi­nal two sets to progress with a 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 vic­tory. – AFP

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