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ATP Belgrade: Novak Djokovic beats Karen Khachanov and meets Andrey Rublev in the final

It was once again evident that Djokovic – as in the previous rounds against Laslo Djere and Miomir Kecmanovic – got off to a bad start and fell behind.

After an hour and 59 minutes, however, the 20-time Grand Slam champion, seeded in first place, got things right and won the game.

“In the second and third sets I played my best tennis this week. I’m getting close to where I want to be,” explained Djokovic after the match.

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The veteran now has a record of 37 wins and five defeats at the Belgrade event, which he won in 2009, 2011 and 2021. Last year, however, two competitions were played in the Serbian capital: Djokovic won the second, called Belgrade Open.

Looks perfectly clean – that’s how Rublev got the final ticket

The Serbian now meets Andrey Rublev in the final. The Russian is seeded second and did not give Fabio Fognini the slightest chance in just 62 minutes. Rublev has rejected all three breaks for the Italian and, in turn, has broken his opponent’s serve four times.

Rublev with two titles, Djokovic still without a win in the tournament

The final against Djokovic is only the second showdown between the two tournament favorites. The Serbian decided the only confrontation so far in favor of him at last year’s ATP finals.

However: for Djokovic, who had to miss many events due to lack of coronavirus vaccination, Belgrade is only the third tournament of the current season.

He is still awaiting his first title of the season, while Rublev has already won two tournaments after winning Dubai and Marseille.

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