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Novak Djokovic has revealed that it was important for him to get back to playing after he opened his Rome Masters campaign with a win.
Djokovic was disqualified from US Open 2020 for accidentally hitting the official in the throat with a spare ball. The Serbian returned to playing and celebrated a win against Italian Salvatore Caruso.
“I was actually looking forward to (playing again) as soon as possible after what happened in New York,” Novak Djokovic said after his 6-3, 6-2 win.
“Because I feel like the sentiment on the court needs to be positive, and I need to kind of remove anything that can possibly cause any kind of issues to me — if there is something.
“It was a hot day against Caruso who already played three matches here, a clay court specialist. It was a very good test for me.
“I’m very pleased with the way I handled myself in important moments.”
source – tennishead.net