Djokovic 'very happy' ahead of Australian Open as he makes injury return
Novak Djokovic has passed his long-awaited return to the tennis court with flying colours, declaring he "feels great" ahead of next week's Australian Open.
Djokovic, a six-time Australian Open champion, has not played since Wimbledon in July because of an elbow injury but he overpowered world number five Dominic Thiem 6-1, 6-4 at the Kooyong Classic in Melbourne on Wednesday.
Djokovic will play in the Tie-break Tens in Melbourne on Wednesday night, alongside world number one Rafael Nadal, who has also had injury concerns.
Now ranked 14th in the world after his long absence, Djokovic will be one to avoid in Thursday's draw for the Australian Open.
Another major winner, Marin Cilic, did not have such a good day at Kooyong with the Croatian world number six losing 6-7 (3-7), 6-4, 7-5 to Australian Matthew Ebden.