Former world No. 12 Viktor Troicki couldn't find a way to stun 17-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic but he absolutely enjoyed competing against his fellow compatriot in Belgrade. Troicki, now ranked at No. 184 in the world, was beaten by Djokovic in straight sets 4-1 4-1 in his opener at the Adria Tour.
"It was emotional to play in Belgrade against Nole, who is one of my closest friends. I felt nerves, I played a bit tight during the match but it's never easy to play against a great champion like Djokovic. I didn't play like I envisioned it before the match.
But I fought," Troicki told Sport Klub after the match. "The occasion is nice, a wonderful ambient, a great organization, I'm happy to see so many fans who have come to support the whole event. Nice emotions, really.
My daughter watched me for the first time. I'm more than happy that I have participated in the event. I have two more matches. These players are all above me at the moment but in trying to make a comeback and it's been going slow lately.
I hope to perform better in my next two matches though I will again play against great players."
Viktor Troicki sad to see Damir Dzumhur injured
Three-time ATP champion Dzumhur suffered an injury early on in his match against Dominic Thiem and ended up retiring after losing the opening two games.
This week, Dzumhur beat rising Serbian star Nikola Milojevic in the final of the event organized by the Serbian Tennis Federation and he was rewarded with an Adria Tour wildcard. On Thursday, tennis stars competing on the Adria gathered for a football match -- and according to Troicki -- Dzumhur was a beast on the field.
"I didn't know. It was a logic choice (to have Milojevic replace Dzumhur). Milojevic lost in the final to Dzumhur for that wildcard and it's was a logic thing to have Dzumhur replaced Milojevic. I'm sorry to hear that Damir has injured himself.
He has played lots of matches this week -- he even played football and he was the best player on the field. He ran like Cristiano (Ronaldo). I'm sad to hear (that Dzumhur is out of the event) but I'm happy that we have a replacement in place," Troicki said. Recently, 34-year-old Viktor Troicki revealed he was contemplating a retirement.