The ATP 250 of the Serbia Open, staged in Belgrade, is an event of the men's calendar born in 2009 and ended in 2012. The first edition was won by the host Novak Djokovic against the Polish Lukasz Kubot, with a score of 6- 3 7-6.
The second was won by the American Sam Querrey, who won over his compatriot John Isner in the third set. 2011 was again Djokovic's turn, in the year of the definitive explosion on the circuit, his champion against Feliciano Lopez in two sets.
The last edition was instead won by our Andreas Seppi, who overtook Benoit Paire 6-3 6-2 in the final. From 2013 to 2020 the event was no longer held, only to return this year - under the direction of Djordje Djokovic, Nole's younger brother - in the long list of the official ATP calendar.
Novak Djokovic's brother Djordje Djokovic, who is also the tournament director of the Serbia Open, recently spoke with the "Wish & Go" podcast about a wide range of topics. Djordje touched upon Roger Federer's possible future participation in Belgrade, before going on to discuss Novak Djokovic's disqualification from the US Open last year and how tough it is to control your emotions on the court.
Djordje Djokovic comments on Roger Federer
"We have not invited Roger Federer this year because we had to take into consideration our budget; we could not afford to spend all of our money on one player," Djordje Djokovic said.
"We had to distribute money the other way, to spread it, but we hope to see Roger Federer in Belgrade in the coming years." Djordje added that after sorting out the business deal in December, the Djokovic family has now officially acquired a five-year license for the tournament.
"We came to an agreement in December, so Belgrade gets a five-year licence with the option of purchasing that licence," Novak Djokovic's brother added. Djordje was also asked to give his take on Novak Djokovic's default from the 2020 US Open.
"It was not the first time that Novak Djokovic did such a thing, to hit balls all over the court," Djordje said. "We have spoken frequently about it, we begged him for years not to do it because it used to happen in practice as well: he would accidentally hit a ball close to someone.
But again, you cannot always keep your emotions in check; I think Roger Federer is the only one who is able to do that, he is so calm and composed. Even Rafael Nadal has some emotional outbursts."