By Pa Sport Staff
Published: 15:48 BST, 1 October 2019 | Updated: 15:48 BST, 1 October 2019
Novak Djokovic made a successful return from a shoulder injury with victory over Alexei Popyrin in the opening round of the Japan Open.
The world number one had not played a singles match since retiring during his fourth-round contest against Stan Wawrinka at the US Open a month ago.
It was rumoured the problem may be serious enough for him to miss the Asian swing of events or even need surgery but Djokovic gave an upbeat assessment after his 6-4 6-2 victory over Australian Popyrin.
Novak Djokovic returned from injury at the Japan Open to defeat Australian Alexei Popyrin
Djokovic had to retire from his fourth round match at the US Open last month due to the injury
He said on atptour.com: '(The) shoulder is good. I have not felt anything in the previous days, including today, in the match. So I am very pleased to say that and to feel healthy.'