Novak Djokovic takes his 83rd ranking title with victory in Belgrade as he completes his preparations and sets his sights on winning the French Open for the first time in five years.
- Novak Djokovic secured the Belgrade Open with a win over Alex Molcan
- The Serbian is now setting his sights on next week’s French Open at Roland Garros
- Djokovic only won the French Open competition once five years ago
Novak Djokovic completed preparations for next week’s French Open at Roland Garros by winning his 83rd ranking title at the Belgrade Open.
But the world’s number one got a test from qualifier Alex Molcan, who broke the favorite three times in the opening set as he struggled to hold his own serve.
Djokovic changed his game to secure a relatively easy 6-4 6-3 victory in 88 minutes and send him to the French capital with good heart.
Novak Djokovic took his 83rd ranking title with a victory in the final of the Belgrade Open
Djokovic said in an interview after the game: “It has been a while since I last played here in front of an audience.
‘It is very special to have a trophy here after 10 years and it cannot be better than Roland Garros.
“I play well, feel good and have spent quality time with my family.”
Djokovic, who won his only French Open title so far in 2016, is scheduled to start in the first round against American Tennys Sandgren.
Sebastian Korda beat home favorite Marco Cecchinato to claim his first tour title at the Emilia-Romagna Open in Parma.
Korda’s 6-2 6-4 win also made him the first American to win a title on European clay since Sam Querrey was victorious in Belgrade in 2010.
The 20-year-old ended an impressive week with an impressive performance in which he encountered just one breakpoint and broke into the second set during the crucial stage to seal his triumph.
The win puts Djokovic in a good position on his way to next week’s French Open
Qualified Alex Molcan made a brave shot against Djokovic, but was unable to keep him at bay