After a loss in the doubles, Novak Djokovic makes his return to singles play Tuesday in Tokyo in a test with the big youngster from Australia, Alexei Popyrin.
When we last saw Djokovic on a singles court, he had to retire due to his shoulder at the US Open against Stan Wawrinka. Djokovic says the shoulder in now fine.
“I wanted to see how [my shoulder] feels during the matchplay. Obviously doubles is quite different from singles. But you’re still playing an official match, so you still feel the nerves and you battle on the court,” Djokovic said of playing doubles. “It’s quite different from playing a practice set or anything in practice, really.
“It seems like my shoulder is fine,” said Djokovic. “I’m hoping that that’s going to be the case this week as well for singles.”
The 20-year-old Popyrin will seek his first career Top 5 victory.
Also on Tuesday, Denis Shapovalov and Borna Coric are in action.
Earlier today, Lucas Pouille, Hyeon Chung and Marin Cilic were winners.
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