The boss of world tennis had not played in an official competition since the Davis Cup in mid-September. On the circuit, his last tournament dates back to his 24th Grand Slam title won at the US Open in September. The 36-year-old Serbian, outgoing finalist (beaten by Rune), six times victorious at Bercy, did not miss his return to competition by facing the Argentinian.
As a boss, he took the opponent's serve at the best time in the first set to lead 5 games to 3, before concluding the first set with an ace. The second act was even quieter with a first break at the start, then a second to return to the 8th without forcing. Quickly passed in front of the media, the native of Belgrade nevertheless assured: “It’s a closer match than the score indicates. The start of the match was a little complicated. It's a bit normal after a long period without official competition. It took me a while to feel comfortable on the court. But once I took his serve, I crossed the ball really well, and I raised my level of play in the second set. So I am satisfied with this return.” With changes in its staff. The Serb no longer collaborates with the two agents with whom he had been for 10 years: “Of course, we remained friends, but professionally, we decided to take different paths. And yes, I am starting a new chapter in terms of management, in terms of approach. This is only the beginning, the transition is not easy, obviously. I’ve been working with them for a long time, so it will take months to put things together.”