10. 05. 2009. ·
Third seeded Novak Djokovic captured his 13th career title and second of the season, beating world no.179 lucky loser Lukasz Kubot of Poland in straight sets 6-3 7-6(0), in 1 hour and 50 minutes, to lift the trophy of the inaugural Serbia Open tournament.
On his way to the finals Novak defeated compatriots Janko Tipsarevic and Viktor Troicki, and Italian Andreas Seppi. This was Kubot’s first ATP final and experienced Djokovic started the match much better.
The best Serbian tennis player broke Kubot’s service in the second and sixth game for 5-1 lead. The Poland native earned three break points when Nole was serving for the set. He used the third and then held for 5-3. World no.3 was more successful in the second attempt and closed the set 6-3.
Kubot was playing much better in the second set. Djokovic was struggling to find his rhythm, he was always behind, and twice a break down, but managed to come back from 2-5 to equalize the result. The set went to a tiebreaker and Nole won it convincingly 7-0 to clinch his hometown ATP World Tour title.
’I would like to congratulate Kubot on the greatest success in his career. I’m grateful to my family and to everyone who contributed to the success of the tournament. This is not the bigest tournament I’ve won, but it means the most to me’- said Novak at the ceremony after the victory.
Djokovic won 250 ATP points and 75,500 euros. The Belgrade native improved his match record to 34-10 on the season.
Nole crowned in Belgrade!
10. 05. 2009. ·