World No. 1 Novak Djokovic was in great spirits after winning the Serbia Open and lifting the title in front of his home fans. Djokovic, seeded at No. 1, overcame qualifier Alex Molcan in straight sets 6-4 6-3 in the Belgrade final.
Djokovic also played at Belgrade 1 but failed to win it all as he was stunned in the semifinal by Aslan Karatsev. “It’s been a while since I last played here in front of a crowd,” said Djokovic, per the ATP website.
“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”.
Molcan competed well against Djokovic
Molcan started the match with a break but he got broken back immediately in the following game. Molcan claimed his second break in the fifth game to take a 3-2 lead but once again got broken back in the following game.
Djokovic then broke Molcan to take a 5-3 lead but failed to serve out for the set in the ninth game. However, Djokovic kept his focus as he earned his fourth break of the set in the 10th game to win the opener. Djokovic then claimed his first break of the second set in the sixth game but got broken back in the following game.
But Molcan dropped his serve in the eighth game as Djokovic served out for the match in the ninth game. “I’m feeling good and tired,” said Molcan. “I made my first ATP Tour final from qualification.
I played good tennis here and I was fighting. Today, I tried as well, but it wasn’t enough. I didn’t play badly, but I was playing against Djokovic and you have to play unbelievably well. Hopefully, I can continue to have opportunities to play at this level. It was a big lesson today to play against Novak”.