Djokovic overcomes second-set blip to reach Belgrade final
Novak Djokovic eased into the final of the ATP tournament in Belgrade on Friday despite losing his form in the second set, beating Slovakia's Andrej Martin as he steps up his French Open preparations.
"I'm super excited to play in front of a Serbian crowd. This is my home town. I'm always excited, but also nervous, coming out on the court and playing in front of my home crowd," Djokovic said.
"It's a very unique feeling. You feel a lot of pressure and expectations. But I'm just happy to fight for a trophy tomorrow."
The 34-year-old was back to his best in the decider, though, quickly ending any thought of a surprise comeback.
"I also had some letdowns in concentration towards the end of the second set, and I'll try to correct those mistakes for tomorrow."
Djokovic passed Guillermo Vilas to move fifth on all-time ATP list of match wins with his quarter-final victory over Federico Coria on Thursday.
He has been drawn in the same half of the draw as his old rivals Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer for the French Open, which starts at Roland Garros on Sunday.
Djokovic is two behind Nadal and Federer's joint men's record of 20 Grand Slam singles titles.