World No.1 Novak Djokovic wins the home ATP 250 event in Belgrade and completes a perfect build up to the upcoming French Open. Djokovic defeated the first-time ATP Tour finalist Alex Molcan 6-4, 6-3 in 88 minutes to win his 83rd career title.
This was the Serb’s third title on home soil, his first in 10 years. Although Djokovic struggled with his first serve in the opening set getting broken 3 times, he broke back immediately to neutralize things. He eventually won the first set comfortably 6-4.
In the second set, the home favorite was a lot consistent with his serve. He eventually was the first to draw blood, breaking Molcon in the sixth game. Though the Slovak broke back, Djokovic proved to be too good for the first timer and closed out the match just a little shy of 90 mins. This is Djokovic’s second title of the year. He won the Australian Open earlier in February.
‘It couldn’t be better ahead of Roland Garros’: Novak Djokovic
At the trophy presentation ceremony, Djokovic acknowledged the presence of the crowd and said he is delighted to hold a trophy at home after 10 years. Further, he added that that the tournament has prepared him perfectly for the upcoming French Open.
“It’s been a while since I last played here in front of a crowd,” said Djokovic. “We played here one month ago [at the Serbia Open], without a crowd. To hold a trophy here after 10 years is really special and it couldn’t be better ahead of Roland Garros. I am playing well, feeling good and I have spent quality time with my family.”
The tournaments in Belgrade are managed by Novak’s brother Djordje and the World No.1 lauded him and his team for the incredible management of the 4 events.
He said: “Of course I’m biased, I’m your brother afterall but looking objectively [at what was done to put together] two men’s tournaments, one women’s and one Challenger…”