Novak Djokovic has conceded a surprising final defeat in Belgrade – with a 0: 6 in the third set. The world ranking learning lost against the Russian Andrej Rublew 2: 6, 7: 6 (7: 4), 0: 6 and thus kept the race open around the number one in the world.
With a Djokovic except form and a Daniil Medvedev (Russia) belonging after a strip surgery, Alexander Zverev (Hamburg) has the best prospects to take over the lead in spring. Zverev hits the tournament in Munich this week.
Djokovic played in Belgrade first his third tournament this year. He had missed the Australian Open in Melbourne because of his vaccination refusal as the two Masters tournaments in Indian Wells and Miami.
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The lack of game practice was not clear to the 34-year-old only in the final. Last in Monte Carlo he had failed after a kick-off unemployed in the second round at the later finalist Alexander Davidovich Fokina (Spain).