Novak Djokovic reached the final of the ATP 250 in Belgrade. The number 1 in the world, in the third tournament of his 2022, also started late in today's match against Karen Khachanov, however, finding the strength and clarity to place the comeback.
The defense of the title will take place against another Russian, Andrey Rublev, who defeated the Italian Fabio Fognini in the afternoon. Speaking at the press conference at the end of the match, a radiant Djokovic said he was satisfied with his performance and excited by the contribution of the crowd, which according to him made the difference.
He said: "All three matches were important to me. Again, I didn't have a great start, going under a break in the first set, like in the other games of the tournament. With the start of the second set, I started feeling the ball and serving well.
The second and third sets were my two best sets of the season so far for me, against a great player like Karen Khachanov, who was also playing well. It is an important victory, playing at home, with the incredible support of the crowd, which always gives me the motivation to play at my best level.
I'm getting close to the level I want to reach."
Novak Djokovic: "Wimbledon is breaking a fundamental rule"
Djokovic explaiend: "Apart from the exercises I do to stay focused and feel more active on the court, today I used the energy of the crowd.
It's probably one of the best environments I've played in my entire career. Today they really helped me to go out there and keep fighting, so their energy was crucial. " Apart from the game, the opinion of the world number 1 on the strong restrictions against Russian and Belarusian tennis players could not be missing.
Djokovic who also stabbed the Wimbledon organizers: "There is politics in sport. I don't feel the need to suspend any athlete, not just tennis players. I don't understand how they can contribute to what is happening in the war.
You are keeping them out of their right to compete. In fact, in tennis we have an anti-discrimination rule which says that tennis players play based on their rankings, not their nationality, so Wimbledon has violated this rule."