Andrey Rublev aims deep Belgrade run but admits Novak Djokovic is top favorite

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Andrey Rublev aims deep Belgrade run but admits Novak Djokovic is top favorite

Russian tennis star Andrey Rublev already enjoys Belgrade and he will try to win the title but admitted world No. 1 Novak Djokovic is the top favorite for the title. Rublev, ranked at No. 8 in the world, is set to make his debut on the clay courts of Belgrade.

Rublev is seeded at No. 2 in the Belgrade main draw and he has a first round bye at the tournament. "I am finally in Belgrade, I feel well. This is my first time here. I am practically at home and I feel good in Serbia. I played in Monte Carlo before Belgrade, I had two difficult matches, I won the first, lost the second.

My goal is to better prepare for the rest of the season," Rublev said in Belgrade.

Rublev: I will try to win but Djokovic is the top favorite

"I'll try to win. I came to play tennis like every player here. The level of tennis is equal.

We will see, everyone plays much better, they work professionally and the players are getting better," Rublev added. Last year, Djokovic played in both ATP events that Belgrade hosted. In Belgrade 1, Djokovic reached the semifinal before suffering a shock loss to Aslan Karatsev.

Djokovic corrected himself in Belgrade 2 as he defeated Alex Molcan to win it all in front of his home fans. "It is too early to talk, but Novak Djokovic is definitely the favorite in Belgrade. He will try to show himself in the best possible light and in front of the home fans," Rublev noted.

Rublev started his clay season last week in Monte Carlo. Rublev defeated Alex de Minaur in his Monte Carlo opener, before losing to Jannik SInner in the round-of-16. Rublev and Djokovic can not meet before the Belgrade final. It remains to be seen how far can Rublev go this week in Belgrade.