Tennis, Novak Djokovic returns to victory in Belgrago: ‘Goal Paris’

It is very true that there is no place like home. After a difficult start to the season, marked by the Australian episodes, and a disappointing return to the Principality where he was defeated by the surprising finalist Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, Nole Djokovic’s restart passes from the Serbian Open, an ATP 250 tournament played in Belgrade in the fields of his Novak Tennis Center. In the third challenge of the day against the center-back, the number 1 in the world won in a marathon that lasted three hours and 21 minutes against his compatriot Laslo Djere (50 Atp), eliminated with a score of 2-6 7-6 (6). 7-6 (4), winning again two months after the Round of 16 of the Dubai tournament. In the next round, Djokovic will challenge another Serb, Miomir Kecmanovic, who beat John Millman 6-4, 7-6 (4).

the match

The world number one’s tournament begins with a few extra errors and a lucky line from Djere, who immediately finds himself chasing a break. In the turn of the 2-0 complicated service for Nole who fights with the advantages but still manages to move the scoreboard. With the passing of the matches, the suboptimal condition of the great Grand Slam champion continues to shine, particularly in the performance of the service, where he does not exceed 43% with the first. Djere is good at taking advantage of it and grabs a second break, leading him to serve for the set at 5-2. At the beginning of the second Djokovic seems to distance himself from his distant relative who came onto the field in the first part of the match and begins to push, so much so that he is able to hold serve forcefully for the first time. in the match and earn three break points. However, this is not enough to worry a solid and concrete Djere. From 3-3 there are breaks and counter-breaks, but Djoker’s reaction is noticeable in the eleventh game, when he three times finds himself within a point of the set. Djere defends himself and sends everything back to the tie-break, where however the leader of the standings makes the difference. The decider is a fight: breaks and counter-breaks at the start are followed by long games at the service of both, who do not give up. After three hours of play, the match ends in a new tie-break, not without its face upsets, but in the end it continues to smile at Nole, who closes 7-4.

paris priority

Still in doubt for the 1000 events in Madrid and Rome, Djokovic stated that his main objective in this part of the season is still the Parisian Grand Slam, where he will defend the title he won last year: “Roland Garros is my priority in what regards the Red. . In Monte Carlo he was not as prepared as he should have been. I need more games to get to the level I want. I want to prepare for Paris to go as far as possible – said Novak, who played only 5 games in 2022 -. Physical preparation is an especially important aspect for clay courts. I am using every free moment I have to heal this aspect. At the moment Madrid and Rome are on my calendar, but it will depend on my state. At the end of the tournament I will evaluate together with my team and we will decide accordingly.”

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