Adria Tour: Djokovic Dominates Opening Day In Zadar

ZADAR, June 20, 2020

The Adria Tour has arrived in Croatia’s coastal city of Zadar for the second weekend of the tennis exhibition tournament. Like last weekend in Belgrade, the eight-man draw has been broken into two groups of four players each.

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic headlined Saturday’s action in Dalmatia with two wins in Group A. After a slow start, the 33-year-old Serbian outplayed compatriot Pedja Krstin in his first match. Djokovic was 1-3 down in the opening set and also faced three set balls, but didn’t allow his opponent to grab the lead. The set was decided in a tie-break in which Djokovic triumphed 7-3. It was a one-way traffic in the second set. After Krstin took the first game, Djokovic won four in a row to close out the match 4-3(3), 4-1.

Later in the evening and under the lights at the Visnjik Sports Center, Djokovic defeated Borna Coric 4-1, 4-3(1). Djokovic, organizer of the Adria Tour, won 85 per cent of his first-service points and capitalized on two of his six break point chances to qualify for the final.

Earlier in the day, Coric and Grigor Dimitrov opened the round robin stage. The Croatian No.1 player recorded a convincing 4-1, 4-1 victory against the Bulgarian in 36 minutes.

Rublev leads Group B

In Group B, Andrey Rublev remained undefeated after the first day. The World No. 14 from Russia edged local favourite Marin Cilic in the last match of the day session, 4-3(5), 2-4, 4-1 followed by a 4-2, 4-1 win over Serbia’s Danilo Petrovic. 

“I am happy to be here, it’s a great opportunity to compete against the top players. I won two matches but tomorrow is a new day let’s see what’s going to happen. I will give my best again,” Rublev said during his post match on-court interview after his second victory.

In the final encounter of the day, Germany’s Alexander Zverev, who struggled with his serve and lost his opening match to Petrovic, outlasted Cilic 4-3, 0-4, 4-3. The match ended about half past midnight local time.