Djokovic survives Martin fightback to make Belgrade Open final
Novak Djokovic survived a second-set fightback from Andrej Martin to seal his place in the final of the Belgrade Open on Friday.
The world number one looked well placed to cruise to victory after taking just 38 minutes to win the first set 6-1, but qualifier Martin hit back in the second to force a decider.
Djokovic swiftly regained composure, though, with a bagel settling the contest 6-1 4-6 6-0 in his favour, and he will now have the backing of his home crowd as he looks to clinch his third Belgrade Open title and warm up for the French Open in style.
“I’m super excited to play in front of a Serbian crowd. This is my home town,” said Djokovic, who previously won at the event in 2009 and 2011.
“I’m always excited, but also nervous, coming out on the court and playing in front of my home crowd. It’s a very unique feeling. You feel a lot of pressure and expectations. But I’m just happy to fight for a trophy.
“I thought I started and finished the match really well, so I’ll try to take those positive feelings into tomorrow’s final. I also had some letdowns in concentration towards the end of the second set, and I’ll try to correct those mistakes for tomorrow.”