Novak Djokovic claimed a straight-set victory on Tuesday against the lucky German loser Mats Moraing in his first game in Belgrade, where the world number one warms up for the French Open.
The Grand Slam on clay kicks off Sunday in Paris and Djokovic has opted for additional training at home this week.
The 34-year-old was forced to fight by world number 253, winning 6-2, 7-6 (7/4) after an hour and 40 minutes.
It was Djokovic’s first game since his loss in the Italian Open final to Rafael Nadal nine days ago.
Spaniard Nadal will be the favorite to win a 14th Roland Garros crown next month, although Djokovic is chasing a 19th Grand Slam title to place Nadal and Federer on the men’s all-time list. .
The Serbian star was in good shape in the first set on Tuesday, but was shattered twice by Moraing in the second before clinching the win in a tie-break.
“I took a break twice in the second set, so maybe I could have finished the job earlier, but it’s up to him to have fought, to have played very well, to have played very brave and very daring tennis, ”said Djokovic.
He will then face Argentina’s Federico Coria, the younger brother of former Roland Garros runner-up Guillermo Coria, in the quarter-finals.
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