Novak Djokovic produced a dominant straight sets first-round win against Dusan Lajovic as he made his comeback from an elbow injury at the Monte Carlos Masters.
The 30-year-old Serbian has been struggling with the problem, which required surgery in January, for the past 12 months and his previous attempt to return ended in frustration.
Djokovic lost in his first outings at Indian Wells and Miami respectively before taking more time out to work on his form and fitness levels.
I'm lacking matches and a bit of confidence on court. But I'm looking ahead.Novak Djokovic
And the former world number one showed no signs of any lasting issues as he brushed aside fellow countryman Lajovic 6-0 6-1 in just 57 minutes.
Djokovic dropped just eight points in the first set and, while world number 93 Lajovic levelled at 1-1 in the second, it proved to be a false dawn as he was comprehensively beaten.
The 12-time Grand Slam winner, who will now face Croatian Borna Coric in round two, said: "I've had a very difficult time in the last 12 months with the injury and everything else that's happened.
"I'm lacking matches and a bit of confidence on court. But I'm looking ahead.
"It's a great start, but it's only one match."
Djokovic, who is 1000/1 to win the Monte Carlo Masters, is priced at 4/11 to defeat Coric in round two while his opponent is available at 2/1 to come out on top.
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