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.
British no.1 Daniel Evans handed Novak first loss of 2021 in R3 of Monte Carlo, following a surprise 6-4, 7-5 win in two hours and six minutes.
Novak is a top seed and has a first-round BYE. The world no.1 will open his 2021 clay-court season campaign against Jannik Sinner (ITA, ATP #22, H2H 0-0) on Wednesday, in his first appearance since winning the historic ninth Australian Open title.
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.
The largest portrait of Novak Djokovic appeared on a clay tennis court in Belgrade. The masterpiece was created by architect and street artist Andrej Josifovski Pijanista.