It has been a truly magnificent weekend of live tennis in Belgrade hosting the first weekend of the Adria Tour at Novak Djokovic’ own tennis centre.
Novak was a name we anticipated being in the final but only a seat in the crowd for the world number one with fellow Serb, Filip Krajinovic advancing to the final against Dominic Thiem.
The first three games of the final went on serve but on Thiem’s second service game Filip began to ask some early questions seeing a break point at deuce but couldn’t return the powerful serve of the Austrian.
The pressure remained on serve for the Austrian who continued to serve incredibly big down the T and held serve for a 3-2 lead asking Filip to take the set to a tie-break.
No trouble at all for Krajinovic who had impressed soo much in the tournament dropping just two points on serve in his opening three service games.
Dominic Thiem has the knack on a clay court to frustrate you and he certainly did that to begin the tie-breaker. He brought in some slice backhands and got that mini break of serve.
A 2-1 lead quickly became 4-1 and at the change over it looked over in the first set with the home player trailing 1-5.
It proved too much of a lead to pull back and Thiem sealed his opening set and his fourth tie-break of the weekend in four attempts!
Krajinovic’ spirit was not tainted after losing the first set as he produced a stunning drop volley at the net to seal his opening game with some clever play.
A point throughout the weekend has been do not write off Filip Krajinovic and once again he found a way to edge ahead with some good work behind his backhand but couldn’t consolidate his lead and take the opening set!
Well Dominic Thiem’s next service game didn’t quite go to plan and was broken to 15 and lost the second set 2-4.
Something great about this format is that 0-40 means four break points and not three with the no-ad scoring system and that was what Dominic Thiem found.
A serve and a quite incredible volley consolidated the break of serve for Dominic Thiem holding to love and a game away from winning the Belgrade leg of the Adria Tour.
Just when you think you’ve seen it all, Dominic Thiem sets up three match points with a running tweeter winner and went onto win 4-3 2-4 4-2 in Belgrade to top off a great weekend of tennis!
Next week, it will be back again in Zadar where Marin Cilic and Borna Coric will join the proceedings alongside Thiem, Zverev, Dimitrov and Djokovic!