Stunning detail in Novak Djokovic footage at Madrid Open

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Novak Djokovic (pictured right) arriving at the Madrid Open and (pictured left) entering court ahead of practice.
Novak Djokovic (pictured right) received a loud cheer when he entered the practice courts (pictured left) at the Madrid Open. (Images: @IdemoAna/Getty Images)

Novak Djokovic hasn't played in Madrid for three years, but the 20-time grand slam winner received a champions welcome upon his arrival ahead of a potential showdown with Rafa Nadal.

Djokovic is making just his second ATP 1000 event appearance this year having been ineligible for tournaments due to his unvaccinated status.

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The World No.1 also hasn't featured in a tournament with Nadal since Roland Garros in 2021.

Ahead of his Madrid Open campaign, the three-time winner of the tournament was greeted by a flock of fans in the nation's capital.

But the hype around his return didn't end there.

The World No.1 then returned to the practice court at the Madrid Open and was welcomed with a rousing reception from a packed house.

While there has been plenty of controversy surrounding Djokovic in 2022, the World No.1 appears to be at home back on the court as he prepares to defend his Roland Garros crown.

Fans were quick to point out the hype Djokovic brings to the game.

Despite his form on clay in 2021, Djokovic has a harder task this year of gaining ATP points.

Having missed most of 2022 so far, the World No.1 was knocked out in the Round of 32 at the Monte Carlo Open.

He went on to reach the final of the Serbia Open, before falling to Andrey Rublev.

The Madrid Open draw will also pose some difficulties.

In form Spanish superstar Carlos Alcaraz and 13-time grand slam winner Nadal are on the same side of the draw as the Serbian.

Novak Djokovic said over Boris Becker sentence

Djokovic enters the Madrid Open having found out his friend and former coach Boris Becker would spend time in jail for hiding $4 million worth of assets and loans to avoid paying his debts.

After retiring as a player, Becker turned to commentary and coached Djokovic for three years starting in December of 2013.

Speaking ahead of the Madrid Open on Sunday, Djokovic told reporters: "Just heartbroken for him."

Novak Djokovic (pictured right) talking to Boris Becker (pictured left).
Novak Djokovic (pictured right) admitted he was sad after hearing his friend and former coach Boris Becker (pictured left) was senttenced to jail in a UK court. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

"He's a friend, a long-time friend, a coach for three, four years, someone I consider close in my life and has contributed a lot to my success in my career.

"I'm not going to get into details of the verdict, because I'm not in a position to do that, but, as his friend, I'm super sad for him.

"It's not much that you can say."

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