For the first time since 2012, Belgrade will host an ATP event. The city is back on the ATP calendar and does it with a splash securing world No. 1 and Serbian superstar Novak Djokovic as its headliner.
Djokovic won two of the previous editions of Belgrade back in 2009 and 2011, and to collect a third he might have to deal with the likes of No. 2 seed Matteo Berrettini, No. 3 Aslan Karatsev, No. 4 Dusan Lajovic along with Alexei Popyrin and Emil Ruusuvuori.
Though the lone real threat in Djokovic’s half is Karatsev in the semifinals. Djokovic could open against the talented youngster Soonwoo Kwon or Korea, then countryman Miomir Kecmanovic in the quarters before a rematch with Karatsev who he beat in the Australian Open semifinals.
American rising star Sebastian Korda could derail Karatsev’s hopes.
A total of eight Serbians are part of the 28-man draw. The tournament’s director is Djokovic brother, Djordje which should help the top seed get back on track after a loss to Dan Evans in Monte Carlo.
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