Novak Djokovic, playing in what could literally be described as his home event in Belgrade – his brother is the tournament director at the complex where he trains regularly and bears his name – not surprisingly got his Serbian Open campaign off to a good start in the 32 field.
I thought it was a pretty flawless performance. I moved well, I was mixing up the pace quite well, making him play. I served well in the important moments Overall I just felt great. Novak Djokovic
he word No.1 who was beaten by British No.1 Dan Evans last week at the Monte Carlo Masters, swept past the young Korean Soonwoo Kwon 6-1 6-3 and then declared: “I thought I played very well from the very beginning, except that service game that I lost at 5-2 in the second.
“I thought it was a pretty flawless performance. I moved well, I was mixing up the pace quite well, making him play. I served well in the important moments Overall I just felt great.”
That’s good news after a poor start to the clay in Monte Carlo last week where he lost to Dan Evans.
He’ll now face countryman Miomir Kecmanovic on Friday in the quarterfinals, the 21-year-old having beaten French qualifier Arthur Rinderknech 6-3 3-6 6-3.
The second seed, Matteo Berrettini beat fellow Italian 6-4 6-3 Marco Cecchinato to meet the fifth seed Filip Krajinovic who in turn topped Serbian countryman Nikola Milojevic 6-1 6-1.