Former world number one Novak Djokovic says he intends to play in the Australian Open "for now".

The Serb returned after six months out with an elbow injury to win 6-1 6-4 against world number five Dominic Thiem, 25, at the Kooyong Classic.

The 30-year-old, who retired in the Wimbledon quarter-finals in July, said he was "very happy with how it went".

When asked if he will play in the Grand Slam that starts next week, he added: "For now, I'm in the tournament."

Djokovic, who has dropped to number 14 in the world, will be chasing a record seventh Australian Open title if he competes in the tournament, which begins on 15 January.

The 12-time Grand Slam champion said potential five-set matches in Melbourne hold some fitness concerns for him.

"There was a doubt, especially after I pulled out of the first week of the year," he said.

"I don't say I'm at 100%, I can only say that when I get the feel of a tournament.

"Ideally I would have had another tournament before the start of the Open, but it was not meant to be."

Djokovic, who pulled out of a warm-up Abu Dhabi tournament last week, easily overpowered Thiem, who only arrived in Melbourne on Monday night after four days in bed with a virus.

"I'm free of fever and healthy again. I'm still jet-lagged and was slow at the beginning of the match but I'll be fine for the Open," the Austrian said.

Source: BBC



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