The left shoulder of Novak Djokovic He responded and the world number 1, who had not played since his abandonment in the round of XNUMX of the US Open, beat the Australian yesterday alexey popyrin (94º), in the first round of Tokyo ATP 500 Tournament.
The Serbian needed an hour and a half to win 6-4 and 6-2. In eighths he will play with the Japanese Go Soeda (133º).
Djokovic could lose the world number 1 spot in this season finale. Rafael Nadal, winner of the US Open and second in the ATP, is just over 600 points from the Serbian.
The Spaniard does not play this week, but he is registered for the Shanghai Masters 1000 next time.
Djokovic became the third player in history on Monday with the most weeks as world number 1, 271, beating Ivan Lendl (270), but still behind Pete Sampras (286) and Roger Federer (310).
After initially hinting that he would have to undergo surgery to heal his left shoulder injury, Djokovic did not need surgery. Yesterday he was dominating on the court, as well as satisfied to be in Japan, where he had never played a tournament. AFP