Djokovic wins the Serbia Open for his fifth title
Updated: 2011-05-03 09:51
Serbia's Novak Djokovic celebrates by holding the trophy after defeating Spain's Rafael Nadal in a tiebreaker in the final of the Sony Ericsson Open tennis tournament in Key Biscayne, Florida, April 3, 2011. [Photo/Agencies]
BELGRADE, Serbia - Novak Djokovic defeated Feliciano Lopez 7-6 (4), 6-2 on Sunday to win the Serbia Open for his fifth title and 27th straight victory this season.
The Australian Open champion was not always at his best in a match often played in rain and had six double faults.
Lopez failed to take advantage of seven break points during the match. He had the first two early in the first set at 2-2, sending the ball into the net and allowing Djokovic to win the game with an ace and a deep forehand into the corner.
Lopez had another chance to break in the first set at 4-4 but sent the ball out, before Djokovic comfortably won the tiebreaker.
"I had a dream last night that I will be a hero and the first to beat him this year, but I realized it was very hard," Lopez said.
Djokovic broke twice in the second set and conceded no points in the final game.
At 1-1, Djokovic fell face down after chasing a forehand by Lopez but was not hurt. Lopez had a chance to break at 3-2 in the second set but sent the ball into the net.
Djokovic has had the best start to an ATP tour season since Ivan Lendl in 1986.
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