Novak Djokovic, the world leader in men’s tennis, failed to qualify for the final of the first stage of the Adria Tour, organized by him in Belgrade. The Serb offered an emotional moment in front of his own fans.
Novak Djokovic burst into tears in Belgrade
In front of the 4,000 spectators, Djokovic burst into tears after his 4-0, 1-4, 4-2 victory over German Alexander Zverev sent another Serb, Filip Krajinovic, to the final.
“I’m not crying because I was eliminated from this tournament, I’m just overwhelmed with emotion because it reminds me of my childhood,” said the 33-year-old, who was applauded by his compatriots.
“It was a few days full of emotions and I want to thank all those who made this possible. The important thing after this match is that one of ours is in the final,” he added.
Adria Tour, competition organized in Belgrade. Zadar, Banja Luka and Sarajevo follow
Adria Tour started in Belgrade on Saturday with the participation of celebrities, such as the Austrian Dominic Thiem (N.3), Alexander Zverev (N.7) and the Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov (N.19), who joined Djokovic.
Adria Tour matches are played according to the best system of three sets, each round up to 4. The eight participants in the Belgrade stage were divided into two groups.
On June 20 and 21, the tournament will take place in the Croatian town of Zadar, on the Adriatic coast, where Nole and his teammates will be joined by two Croatian tennis stars, Marin Cilic (37 ATP), winner of the US Open in 2014, and Borna Coric (33 ATP). The tournament will also pass through Bosnia on July 3 and 4 in Banja Luka, before ending on July 5 with a demonstration match in Sarajevo between Djokovic and the best Bosnian player, Damir Dzumhur (107 ATP).
The stage in Montenegro, which was supposed to take place on June 27-28, was canceled due to concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.
Djokovic, Krajinovic and Zverev finished the group with two victories and one defeat each and are the same in terms of sets (5-3), the qualification in the final being decided by the higher number of games won.