Last year, Thiem defeated Diego Schwartzmanfor his first title at Vienna, and become the first home talent to take the title since Jurgen Melzer in 2010. Thiem revealed on Monday that Djokovic had delivered his prize money from the Belgrade event of the ill-fated Adria Tour that was cancelled after a number of players, including Djokovic, tested positive for Covid-19.
However, the young Greek may first have to face Grigor Dimitrov in the second round after the Bulgarian, ranked 20, beat Karen Khachanov in impressive style, 7-6 (6), 6-3.
But Djokovic arrived in Vienna as the favourite not just to reach the final but to win the title.
It was Djokovic's first match since losing the French Open final to Rafael Nadal, and his first indoor tournament since the Davis Cup Finals in Madrid in November 2019.
The US Open champion Dominic Thiem, a beneficiary of Djokovic's disqualification in NY, also progressed on home soil.
A couple of breaks in the second set allowed Djokovic to clinch victory - his 38th in 40 matches this year. Thiem may have drawn a lucky loser in his opener courtesy of Alex de Minaur's late withdrawal, but second in line would be either Wawrinka or No22 Cristian Garin, followed by one of the players of the year in the shape of Rublev.
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He was certainly tested by his compatriot in the first game, through nearly nine minutes and two break points, but held.
Krajinovic served for the first set at 5-4 and then held a set point in the tie-break but couldn't take advantage. We're good friends, I've known Filip for a long time.
"It's not the first time that I kind of start a bit slower in the beginning of a tournament and then every day I get kind of a step further in the right direction", he added.
He had to work hard as Krajinovic, who lost to Djokovic in last month's Italian Open at the last-16 stage, twice broke serve in a tight opener, helping establish a 5-3 lead at one point.
With his opponent's resistance and nerves broken, it was a swifter job for Djokovic in the second set, after getting a quick break for 2-1. He later missed a set point at 6-5 in the tiebreaker and netted a smash on the following point.
He next plays Borna Coric, who beat Taylor Fritz, 6-4, 6-4.
Evans was in a strong position, leading 6-3 4-5, when the Slovenian called time on the match after suffering a right thigh injury.
Kanye West clapped back at Hollywood icon Jennifer Aniston after the actress implored people not to vote for the volatile rapper. A day before the Rogan interview was released, Jennifer Aniston took to Instagram to encourage fans not to vote for the rapper.
Daily cases rose by a third compared with the previous week, she said, while daily deaths increased by "close to 40 per cent". One person from West Berkshire has died with coronavirus registered on their death certificate in the last week.
Eddie Van Halen's hometown of Pasadena, Calif., is coming up with a unique way to memorialize their local hero. Rolling Stone magazine put Eddie Van Halen at No. 8 on its list of the 100 greatest guitarists.
He thanked the club and head coach Mike McCarthy after learning of the trade, and showed excitement for his new team. Griffen's debut with the Lions is expected to be November 8 against the Minnesota Vikings.
Thomas took over the second-round lead at 14-under par before he held a one-stroke lead on Rahm entering Sunday's final round. His 7-Iron almost bounced into the cup but stopped 10 feet further and he holed it to stay ahead of Rahm and Thomas.
Plus de 33.000 nouveaux cas positifs confirmés ont été enregistrés, en deçà du cap des 50.000 par jours atteint dimanche. Un conseiller résume ainsi les mesures: elles seront " impopulaires, mais elles seront assumées ".
However, on Tuesday, Kaplan ruled that Trump was not acting in his official capacity when he refuted Carroll's accusation. The judge ruled that Trump's public denials of the rape allegation came outside the scope of his employment as president.
Anger has been spreading in Muslim-majority countries after Macron criticized Islamists and vowed not to "give up cartoons". Macron called Islam a religion "in crisis", the BBC reported , and announced measures to stem what he called separatism.
SOFIA's next flights will continue looking for water in other sunlit locations and also during different lunar phases. If this water could be extracted, it could give astronauts traveling to the Moon and beyond access to drinking water.
New US virus cases top 83,700 for 2nd day in row
Statewide, 2,751 new cases have been confirmed, bringing the statewide total to over 198,000, of which 77% have recovered. They include Florida, Ohio and MI - all hotly contested states for the November 3 USA presidential election.
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