Djokovic Seeks First Title Of Year In Belgrade Against Rublev

by Staff | April 23rd, 2022, 7:35 pm

For the third straight match this week, Novak Djokovic had to rally from a set down to stay alive in his home event, dispatching Karen Khachanov 4-6, 6-1, 6-2.

It’s Djokovic’s first final of 2022 and first since Paris last fall.

“All three matches were key matches for me, to be honest,” said Djokovic. “Again I started not that great, losing the first set. I was a break down today as I was in the first two matches of the tournament. I think as soon as the second set started I was just feeling the ball and started swinging through particularly the backhand which wasn’t working in the first set.

“I was serving well, dictating the play, second and third sets, the best two sets of the season so far for me and against a really quality tennis player,” he added. “Khachanov is playing well. So it’s an important win. Of course, any win is important for me at the moment.

“Playing at home with the unbelievable support from the crowd always gives me goosebumps and the motivation to play my best and fight until the end.”

The Serb will for a fourth title in Belgrade and 87th overall tomorrow against another Russian in Andrey Rublev.

Rublev destroyed Fabio Fognini 6-2, 6-2.

“Today I played even better,” said Rublev referring to his quarterfinal win. “I think my best match of the tournament so far. It’s good that every match I’m playing better and better.”

Rublev will seek a 10th title. He’s won nine of his last 11 finals. Djokovic won their only meeting last fall at the ATP finals.

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3 Comments for Djokovic Seeks First Title Of Year In Belgrade Against Rublev

zed Says:

Novak lost his momentum in the last set and was bageled by Rublev.

Despite that, he is playing better than a few weeks ago and I think he is on tracck for Roland Garros.

He would have been at peak preparation for the Aus Open but as we all know the scum locked him out. The emotional and mental toll would have been enormous and only a champion can pick himself up from something like that.

Novak is a champion and will get both mind and body ready for the French and for Wimbeldon.

chrisford1 Says:

Sorry, Zed, I got to agree with most players that FIFA, the ATP, WTA, the Euro B-Ball Leagues all had doctors give players the latest on vaccines and VAERS. And how most of the anti-vaxxer material was coming from conspiracy sites and lone doctors well off the mainstream.
Players, agents, families made the call to get vaccinated.
And with Djokovic who got himself, his family, his frigging dogs vaccinated to travel globally with him – the refusal just rubbed a lot of people wrong when it was combined with how he was owed a right to travel and play.
As Marcello Rios said, not that he is the white hat of tennis, conscience, but then as stakes got higher, it was arrogance that drove Novak. No longer listening to people. Started over the Olympics.

zed Says:

Living in Australia I know the politicians involved, they don’t give a flying about anything other than what they think will net them the most votes, thus I refer to them as scum. Believe me when I say Australian politicians would stab a knife into the back of their own mother if it got them power.

In any case, that is no longer the point, we are passed that. The point now is that Novak would have built his preparation plans around the Aus Open and subsequent events wrecked those plans.

Now I see him gradually recovering from that disruption. I can’t be sure he can win the French two years running but I am sure he will do everything he possibly can.

Getting past the French, I have high confidence he will be ultra ready for Wimbeldon.

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