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Novak Djokovic ‘very pleased with how he handled himself’ after returning to winning ways in Rome

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Novak Djokovic said it was important for him to get back playing after opened his Rome Masters campaign with a win.

The world number one was on court for the first time since his disqualification at the US Open, but be came out on top in a surprisingly competitive match 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.”

Caruso’s performance was way above his expected level, with the wildcard entrant actually hitting more winners than Djokovic.

“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.”


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