Nole is the 2021 Belgrade Open singles champion!

World no.1 Novak Djokovic claimed his 83rd career singles title and his third crown in Belgrade, with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Alex Molcan (ATP #255) in 88 minutes on Saturday.

The top seed won his first ATP Tour title on home soil since 2011. In 2009 and 2011 he emerged victorious at the Serbia Open.

Novak came back twice from a break down in the opening set to take it 6-4 against the Slovakian qualifier.

The second set went with serve until the sixth game, when the Serbian star broke Molcan for a 4-2 lead. The first-time ATP tour finalist fought back immediately, but Novak converted his break point chance for the sixth time in the match and served it out, improving to a 20-3 record on the season.

“It’s been a while since I last played here in front of the crowd. It is totally a different feeling to be holding a trophy once again after 10 years. It is really special and couldn’t be a better leadup to Roland Garros,” Djokovic said.

Novak will next head to Paris, where he will play against American Tennys Sandgren in the Roland Garros first round (Tuesday).

Photo: Starsport / Srdjan Stevanovic

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