Djokovic Hopes For Better Times In Belgrade; Thiem, Rublev In Field
After a forgettable first four months of 2022 — during which he played just four matches, winning two — Novak Djokovic will hope playing in his home country will get him back on track.
Djokovic has won three titles in Belgrade including the 2021 edition but despite being No. 1, he comes in off a tough opening round loss last week to Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in Monte Carlo.
With just four matches this year, Djokovic knows he needs more court time with the French a month away.
Also in the field is Andrey Rublev who will make his Belgrade debut and Dominic Thiem who is coming off a bout of COVID after earlier missing an extended period of time due to a bad wrist. It’s Thiem’s first tour-level event since last summer (he did play one Challenger earlier in the month).
Russian Karen Khachanov and Aslan Karatsev are also in the field along with Richard Gasquet and David Goffin.
Djokovic could meet countryman Laslo Djere in his opener, then Thiem, Gasquet or the improving Miomir Kecmanovic in the quarters followed Khachanov or Krajinovic in the semifinals.
Last year in the April final, Matteo Berrettini beat Karatsev in the final. Djokovic won the Belgrade 2 title a month later.
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