"We haven't had an official game for quite a long time, thus leading to our huge anticipation towards it. All of us are excited about coming back on court," added China's national team center.
Djokovic grabbed five of his 14 break points to claim the victory in two hours and 23 minutes, while his Russian rival only took advantage of two of his nine opportunities.
Meanwhile Barca loaned 20-year-old left back Joan Miranda to Betis, while Rafinha Alcantara was sold to Paris Saint Germain for a bargain three million euros and central defender Jean-Clair Todibo (who is not in Koeman's plans) was loaned to Benfica on a two-year deal.
Thomas will be a big loss for Atletico, but the club were able to compensate partly for his loss with Uruguayan midfielder Lucas Torreira arriving on loan from Arsenal with an option to make the deal permanent at the end of the season for 20 million euros.
The injury means that Alba will be forced to pull out of the Spanish national team squad for the forthcoming friendly game in Portugal and the UEFA Nations League ties against Switzerland and Ukraine.
The 2018 champion lost to Anisimova in the quarterfinals in Paris last year, but this time the Romanian needed only 54 minutes to complete a convincing victory.
Carvajal's injury will allow Alvaro Odriozola the chance to establish himself in the side. The defender signed from Real Sociedad two years ago has struggled to find game time with Carvajal ahead of him in the pecking order and spent part of last season on loan at Bayern Munich. Enditem
River Plate's Armani and his Boca Juniors counterpart Andrada were joined by defenders Lucas Martinez Quarta (River Plate), Gonzalo Montiel (River Plate) and midfielder Eduardo Salvio (Boca Juniors), the Argentinian Football Association (AFA) said.
After pocketing the second win consecutively since the beginning of the season, Shanxi coach Li Ge gave a high appraisal of some of his veterans' performance.
"I feel quite happy that we finally have games to play," said Inner Mongolia's center Li Yueru, who finished with 28 points and 14 rebounds in a 44-point rout of Hebei.
"We met some difficulties after our key players' departure," Dongguan coach Lin Yaosen admitted.