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Djokovic pleased with successful return

26 February 2013 23:56

World number one Novak Djokovic was happy with how quickly he found his groove after making a successful return to the court on Tuesday.

The Serbian made his first competitive appearance since winning the Australian Open last month at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, defeating countryman Viktor Troicki 6-1 6-4.

Djokovic is unbeaten since October, having extended his winning streak to 14 matches ahead of a second-round clash with Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut.

"Considering the fact that I haven't played an official tournament for three weeks I wanted to be extra focused on the court today," Djokovic said.

"I also knew that he (Troicki) has a big serve as he proved tonight. It can be very dangerous on these courts, which is one of the fastest courts that I have experienced.

"You need to be really committed to every point and I played well."

Djokovic grew up with world number 44 Troicki, who he has played alongside for several years in the Davis Cup.

"I have always tried throughout my career to be very fair on the court," Djokovic said.

"In this kind of situation when you are playing a very close friend things are a little bit different.

"If there is a situation where, in my opinion, he earned a point and it is close or on the line - I don't want to feel bad and know that it's in.

"I turn my head and pretend nothing is going on.

"Everybody is different obviously; it's a very competitive sport."

Meanwhile, Michael Llodra was delighted to finally beat fellow Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga after losing the past six encounters against the world number eight.

"It's always a tough match against Jo. We've played six times against each other. It's always tough, today I didn't start well and finally, some bad calls, and I played very well in the tie break, I had to be good, and then at the beginning of the second set I broke him early and I just tried to focus on my serving game and it was nice," he said after the upset 7-6 (7-3) 6-2 victrory.

Tsonga, who only arrived in the Middle East on Monday after his win at the Marseille Open last week, was left to rue a crucial line call that would have given him a 5-3 lead in the first set.

"When you lose a point like that, and then you feel like you're already tired but in your mind but you know you still can win and play well. But when something like this happens it's like somebody punches you. And it's tough to get up," he said.

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