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Djokovic set for his long-awaited comeback in late December


By Robert Jones

Novak Djokovic will make his return to tennis in Abu Dhabi at December's World Tennis Championship.

The Serbian has skipped the back end of the current season because of an elbow injury, playing no part since abandoning his Wimbledon quarter-final against Tomas Berdych in July.

But the 30-year-old will return for the 2018 campaign, and the 12-time Grand Slam winner is planning an early start with an appearance at the December 28-30 exhibition tournament.

He joins a six-player field that also features Rafael Nadal, Stan Wawrinka, Dominic Thiem, Milos Raonic and Pablo Carreno Busta.

Meanwhile, Kyle Edmund beat Spain's David Ferrer in straight sets to reach the second round of the Erste Bank Open in Vienna.

Edmund (22) beat former World No.3 Ferrer 6-2 7-6 (7-5), sealing progress to the last 16 on his second match point.

Next up is a last-16 clash against Austria's Dennis Novak or Italian Thomas Fabbiano.

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