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Dominic Thiem an Australian Open doubt after Kooyong Classic withdrawal

Dominic Thiem an Australian Open doubt after Kooyong Classic withdrawal”

"Also, I got a great opponent today, the No. 5 in the world, so it was a fantastic test for me to see where I am".

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'll take whatever I can - one or two matches here will be good preparation".

"I can't stop smiling on the outside and on the inside, it's such a great joy and I've missed it", Djokovic said.

In a video posted to Twitter, Djokovic also wrote: "I feel ready!" "I don't want to be over-confident, but I'm very, very happy with how it went today".

"Luckily for me I'm here and so I'm hoping in the next four, five days everything will go well and I'll be ready for the Open".

"There was a doubt, especially after I pulled out of the first week of the year", said Djokovic, who had not played since retiring in the Wimbledon quarter-finals last July. Djokovic was back after the longest injury layoff of his career.

So, when Novak Djokovic too joined the bandwagon, he felt like the Australian tennis player himself. "I'll be fine for the Open".

Plagued by rumors about personal issues last year-alongside having gotten rid of his entire training team and switched coaches from Boris Becker to Andre Agassi-the world No. 14 seems to have put those behind him and is trying to stay positive. However, the six-time AO victor also seemed rusty in his second competitive match.

The 12-time grand slam victor - who had not played a competitive match in 182 days since he retired with the elbow issue at Wimbledon in July previous year - demolished world No. 5 Dominic Thiem 6-1 6-4 in emphatic fashion at the Kooyong Classic on Wednesday. But he knows that the only way to get back into tournament form is competitive match play.

It was apparent early on that Djokovic was back to full court fitness.

The draw for the January 15-28 tournament, the first grand slam of the year, takes place later on Thursday.



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