The ATP Tour returns to Belgrade for the first time since 2012. Novak, who has won the title in his hometown twice (2009, 2011), will play against Soonwoo Kwon (KOR, ATP #85) in R2.
18-time Grand Slam champion has revealed his partial schedule for the 2021 spring season. He will next play at Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters and Serbia Open.
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.
The world no.1 tennis player, Novak Djokovic, host of the Adria Tour along with his brother Djordje, who is also the tournament director, made a warm welcome for the Austrian Dominic Thiem and German Alexander Zverev in Belgrade. The Djokovic brothers waited the two tennis stars at the airport.
The best tennis player in the world, Novak Djokovic, held practice session at the stadium centre court in preparation for the Adria Tour first weekend, taking place from June 12-14 in Belgrade.
Organised by Novak, Adria Tour will be held in cities across the Balkans, with the kick-off tournament to be organised in Belgrade, on the TC Novak courts (13/14 June), followed by Zadar (20/21 June), Montenegro (27/28 June) and Banja Luka (3/4 July). In addition, part of it will be held in Sarajevo, on Sunday, 5 July, where Novak and Damir Dzumhur will play an exhibition match.
Serbia will next play against France in away tie on September 15-17. It will be a rematch of the 2010 final when Serbia won their maiden title.