Nol surrenders to the Russian in three sets with a 6-0 victory in the third set. In the first fully played tournament since the beginning of the year, the physical condition was far from the best of times: “The engine is no longer running”
The desire to return is not enough for Novak Djokovic, the home fans are not enough, the heart of the number 1 in the world is not enough to win the first title of the season, in the first tournament to be completed since the beginning of 2022. Serbia Open, which is played at his academy in Belgrade, goes to Andrei Rublev, who He also shamed him 6-0 in the third set and secured his third championship of the season after Dubai and Marseille.
After losing the first set at 6-2, Noll fought hard in the second set to move the match into the third set. Perhaps for his audience more than the real hopes he fulfilled. Rublev put his team in the second set, and he ended up under pressure with an endless series of backhand errors, leading to a 7-4 tiebreaker. But already at the end of the group, it was clear that the energies of the number 1 in the world were running out with a certain speed, so much so that in the third group, all the physical limits of the Serb, literally, came out. legs. An unimaginable situation for Djokovic a year ago, and the daughter of a long idle this year.
Opposition to the vaccine did not allow him to play the Australian Open, not even the Masters 1000 on American hard courts. After leaving the first round in Monte Carlo, this was the first tournament to be played continuously. “Bravo Andrei, Serbia loves you, come back to defend your title, congratulations for this final. For me, a big thank you to everyone, to my family, to the fans. In the end, the engine wasn’t running, it was after the match,” Noll said in his award ceremony speech. Rublev, who in this period experienced difficult moments especially after being excluded and the other Russian and Belarusian players from Wimbledon, finally managed to smile: “I wish you to play again at the highest level for many years – he said to No. 1 in the world -. Today before the match I wish you luck. Happy, but I was hoping to win…”.
Greetings to grandfather
At the end of the awards ceremony, it was a solemn moment to salute and reward Marian Vajda, Novak Djokovic’s coach for many years: “Our journey has been a great one – Marian said – I enjoyed the most time we spent together. By his side, I will always be in all his decisions.”
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