Tennis - Adelaide International - Memorial Drive Tennis Club, Adelaide, Australia - January 3, 2023 Serbia's Novak Djokovic with fans after winning his first round match against France's Constant Lestienne

Tennis – Adelaide Worldwide – Memorial Push Tennis Club, Adelaide, Australia – January 3, 2023 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic with lovers soon after successful his first spherical match against France’s Continual Lestienne REUTERS/Loren Elliott

Novak Djokovic stated Tuesday the reception he had obtained in Australia was a lot more than he could would like for and the good vibes would mirror in his tennis as he targets a 22nd Grand Slam title this month.

The Serbian star, who will bid for a 10th crown at the Australian Open up, is again in the country a 12 months just after currently being kicked out for refusing to be vaccinated from Covid-19.

He was barred from returning for three a long time, but the governing administration has given that lifted the ban and Djokovic made a profitable return at the Adelaide Intercontinental, beating Frenchman Consistent Lestienne 6-3, 6-2.

The 35-year-aged was given a warm welcome when he performed a dropping doubles clash on Monday and obtained very similar therapy on a packed centre court.

“It’s fantastic to be back again. To see the packed home for my initial match was undoubtedly a incredibly pleasurable shock. Tons of support, tons of love,” he stated at a push convention.

“That obviously enthusiastic me and allowed me to specific myself in the ideal doable way on the court docket with my sport.”

“A whole lot of Serbia flags, I know the Serbian community here in Adelaide is massive but I didn’t imagine so numerous would appear and I thank them pretty a great deal.”

Previous year’s Australian Open was overshadowed by Djokovic remaining put on a aircraft on the eve of the contest immediately after a significant-stakes authorized battle more than his visa standing.

It left a bitter style, but he held “no grudges” and experienced moved on.

“It was diverse coming to Australia this calendar year than any other year generally since of the gatherings of 12 months in the past,” he said.

“But at the identical time, 12 months is also a lengthy time in the past, already it is driving me, I’ve moved on and searching ahead.

“There’s no motive to focus on … what you target on is what you come to be, if you aim on the negatives that is what you’ll become, so I do not want to do that.

“I really do not hold a grudge, I’m listed here to engage in tennis, to appreciate sports activities and distribute excellent strength.”

He extra: “From working day just one, people today have been pretty kind and generous with me. Overall, a excellent encounter so significantly.”

Djokovic was also joyful with the way he performed so early in the period, which bodes very well for his Australian Open marketing campaign at Melbourne Park from January 16.

“Obviously the first match immediately after a longer crack is difficult, you really do not know how you are likely to start out,” he stated.

“I’m glad I could do everything properly, I was concentrated, I was composed from the initially to the past point.”

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