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‘I had goosebumps’: Djokovic energised by return of fans

World No.1 Novak Djokovic found playing without crowds last season strange and he can’t wait to wow the fans in the stands at his 17th Australian Open.

Some 25,000-30,000 fans will be admitted to Melbourne Park on each day of the tournament, and Djokovic got a taste of what was to come when he played an exhibition match in Adelaide after coming out of quarantine on Friday.

Novak Djokovic blows a kiss to fans in Adelaide on Friday night.

Novak Djokovic blows a kiss to fans in Adelaide on Friday night.Credit:Getty

“I had goosebumps coming into the court playing in front of the fans again after 12 months of not experiencing that,” the Serbian said on Sunday.

“After playing professional tennis for more than 15 years, this is one of the biggest driving forces or motivations, inspirations that I have: playing in front of a crowd, feeding off that energy, exchanging that great passion and joy that I have for the sport and the fans have for the sport.”

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