The Serb, who had not played since his victorious Wimbledon final, made a good impression on Saturday night by quietly dominating Frances Tiafoe.
On Novak Djokovic’s website, along with his calendar that places him in the Laver Cup this weekend, the word exhibition is written to talk about the competition. The Serb must not have read her own ad and delicately crushed US Open semifinalist Frances Tiafoe (6-1, 6-3 in 1h 12′), for her return to the game after her Wimbledon title. in early July. Roger Federer was stunned and slipped it into a change of sides: “From the baseline, it’s unbelievable. So much control, good to see after so many months. »
The former world number 1 (7th in the ATP this week), not vaccinated against Covid, was deprived of an American tour and therefore of the US Open. We will have to wait a little longer to draw any important conclusions, but “Nole” took this first opportunity to test himself very seriously.
Novak Djokovic, after his victory against Frances Tiafoe
“I saw the ball very well, I didn’t miss much today, I couldn’t be happier for my return. I am really satisfied with my performance. »
“It was a pretty solid game, let’s say, a smile escaped the corners of his lips on the pitch before paying a lengthy tribute to the Swiss. I saw the ball very well, I didn’t miss much today, I couldn’t be happier for my return. I am really satisfied with my performance. »
The afternoon reminds us that if Federer is already retired and if Nadal’s next weeks are not clear, it will have to be taken into account. “I can’t wait to be able to play the rest of the season indoors,” anticipated the start of the weekend.
Tel Aviv, an ATP 250 and Astana, an ATP 500, for the first time on their program in the coming weeks, will be two opportunities to build momentum. And for the points for the Turin Masters (November 13-20). There is urgency for the Serbian, currently 15th in the Race. He too will have a title to defend, at Bercy (October 31-November 6), in the hope of securing a place in the season-ending meeting.