Novak recorded his first win for the Team Falcons. He defeated Austrian Sebastian Ofner 6-7 (5), 6-0, 10-7, at Coca-Cola Arena, in Dubai. The exhibition was a great promotion of tennis, as well as a good preparation and warm up for Adelaide and Melbourne where Nole will kick off his 2023 season.
The second leg of the charity event is taking place in Croatia’s coastal resort on June 20-21. World no.1 Novak Djokovic leads the field, joined by Alexander Zverev, Grigor Dimitrov, Borna Coric, Marin Cilic, Andrey Rublev, as well as Pedja Krstin and Danilo Petrovic, finalists of the HTS tournament.
Novak toppled Alexander Zverev 4-0, 1-4, 4-2, but that was not enough for him to reach the final, as he needed to beat the German in straight sets. After impressive Round Robin performances from both Filip Krajinovic and Dominic Thiem, the two met in the Adria Tour final. The Austrian recorded a 4-3 (2), 2-4, 4-2 triumph to become the champion.
Novak returned to the court in style on Saturday afternoon at the Adria Tour, beating his friend and compatriot Viktor Troicki in straight sets 4-1, 4-1 in just 37 minutes. In the evening session match, Novak lost to Filip Krajinovic 4-2, 2-4, 1-4.
Charity tennis event, Adria Tour, has started on Friday in Belgrade. The program included Kid's Day, mixed and men's doubles, music performance by famous pianist Lola Astanova and virtuosic Serbian violinist Nemanja Radulovic, and the draw for the main competition.