Rising Serbian star Miomir Kecmanovic acknowledged it was extremely hard for him to play against world No. 1 Novak Djokovic at an ATP 250 event in Belgrade. Kecmanovic, ranked at No. 47 in the world, clashed against Djokovic in the Belgrade quarterfinal but stood no chance as the No.
1 seed claimed a 6-1 6-3 win. Djokovic made a fast start to the match as he broke Kecmanovic twice in the first set and lost no service games to comfortably win the opener. The similar scenario happened in the second set as Djokovic claimed two breaks to take a 5-2 lead but this time Kecmanovic managed to get one break back and reduce the deficit to 5-3.
But Djokovic kept his focus and broke Kecmanovic for the third time in the set in the ninth game to book a straight-set win. “Yeah, it was tough to play him especially on clay where it’s a little bit slower with him being so fast.
It’s tough to make points and be aggressive all the time just because he gets so many balls back," Kecmanovic told Essentially Sports.
Kecmanovic thinks he had a 'few chances'
“I had a few chances and I just wished that I could have used some of them.
Then maybe it could have been a little bit different. But just to try to play a lot better in some of those important points,” Kecmanovic added. Kecmanovic beat Facundo Bagnis and Arthur Rinderknech before falling short in two sets against world No.
1 Djokovic. After the match, 18-time Grand Slam champion Djokovic praised Kecmanovic. "There is a lot more for him to improve on with his footwork and his game — for all of us really," Djokovic said. "Kecmanovic definitely has the potential to go far. He has already won one tournament and I know that his goals, his ambitions, are high."