Former world no.1 Novak Djokovic has accepted a wild card into next week’s Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell. It will be the Serbian’s first appearance at the ATP World Tour 500 event since 2006. The 30-year-old Belgrade native is no.6 seed and has a first round BYE.
Novak advanced past the Argentine 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 in two hours and 38 minutes to move to 12-4 in their ATP Head2Head series.
The top seed retired at 3-6 in his quarter-final match against Feliciano Lopez at the 2016 Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships on Thursday.
Novak cruised into the second round of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships with a 6-1, 6-2 win over world no.41 Tommy Robredo.
Novak captured his eighth ATP World Tour title of the season and 56th of his career over no.3 seed Rafael Nadal 6-2, 6-2, in the final of the China Open on Sunday.