Novak Djokovic shook off any lingering memories of his Monte Carlo disappointment from last week to begin his family’s ATP Belgrade event by beating Kwon Soonwoo 6-1, 6-3.
The 70-minute victory put the top-seeded world No. 1 into the quarter-finals of the lowest-level 250 tournament.
Djokovic lost six days ago to Brit Dan Evans in Monaco in a disaster start to the pre-French Open clay campaign.
But the home win put everything right.
“I thought I played very well from the very beginning, except that service game that I lost at 5-2 in the second,” Djokovic said.
.”It was a pretty flawless performance. I moved well, I was mixing up the pace quite well, making him play.
“I served well in the important moments, overall I just felt great.”
The Belgrade week is the second time round for Djokovic’s family as ATP organisers after a previous attempt in 2009-2012. In the first iteration, the Serb family’s best player claimed the title in 2009 and 2011.
Djokovic will face another modest opponent when he takes on No. 47 Miomir Kecmanovic, who beat French qualifier Arthur Rinderknech 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.
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