Serbian tennis star Filip Krajinovic is motivated to do well this week in Belgrade and potentially lift his maiden ATP title. Last year, Belgrade made its return on the ATP Tour calendar. In 2010, Krajinovic made the Belgrade semifinal before losing to Sam Querrey.
Belgrade lost their ATP event after the 2011 season but made its return last year and Krajinovic participated at the event. Last year, Krajinovic made the Belgrade quarterfinal before losing to Matteo Berrettini. "It is a great honor and pleasure for me to play in front of the home crowd in the capital, from where I carry very fond memories and I am very happy that this tournament will take place.
We all like to play in front of the home crowd, family and friends because it motivates us a lot. Also, I am sure that each of us will do our best because it is a unique opportunity to play in Belgrade, especially on May 25 Sportcenter, where we trained many times.
I played one quarterfinal and one semifinal there and I would like to go one step further now, so I will be ready the best I can," Krajinovic told the Serbia Open.
Krajinovic on if he has special rituals
"I don't have special rituals before going out on the court, but the only thing I like is listening to music before the match and changing the grip on the rackets because it relaxes me, then I take time for myself and enjoy it," Krajinovic revealed.
Krajinovic was handed a tough opener as he faces former world No. 7 David Goffin in the first round. Goffin has been playing well recently as he won Marrakech two weeks ago and last week reached the Monte Carlo round-of-16.
Krajinovic and Goffin are well-known to each other as the Belgian leads their head-to-head 3-2. It remains to be seen how far can Krajinovic go this week in front of his home fans.