Live tennis and tennis with a crowd is something we have been starved in recent times.
The Adria Tour set up by Novak Djokovic in Serbia at his own Tennis Centre has brought back live tennis with an invite of a few friends on the tour.
A sunny Saturday afternoon of tennis was what was in store in the first weekend of the Adria Tour in Djokovic’ home of Belgrade.
Serbian Dusan Lajovic kicked off proceedings against former world number three Grigor Dimitrov.
All matches across the event will be best of three sets on a first to four basis with a tie-break at 3-3.
After a couple of game to settle into the rhythm it was Lajovic who took the early advantage with some good defensive play and served for the set at 3-2.
Dusan slipped up with some errors allowing Grigor back into the set and went onto race away with the opening set tie-break winning it 7-2.
Once again to begin the second set it was Dusan Lajovic who created the in-roads and the backhand of Dimitrov was wayward conceding his first game of the set.
Lajovic led the Bulgarian at 2-0 with a chance to go 3-0 up most likely force a third set but once again the Serb’s serve let him down.
For the second consecutive set running Dimitrov from a break down forced a tie-breaker and took immediately control.
Grigor led 3-0 and 4-2 before Dusan levelled at 5-5 following a poor drop shot from the Bulgarian it brought Dusan back into the tie-break and went onto claim the second set.
Just as it looked like being a bit more of a straight forward set of tennis as Dusan Lajovic had game point at 2-1 but the Bulgarian wasn’t going to lie-down there and broke the Serb again before going onto serve out the match for a 4-3 3-4 4-1 win.
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