World No 1 Novak Djokovic’s barren title spell in 2022 continued as he went down 6-2 6-7 (4) 6-0 to Russian Andrey Rublev in the final of the ATP 250 Serbia Open in Belgrade Sunday.

Playing his second tournament on clay this season after being knocked out by Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in Monte Carlo earlier this month, Djokovic was off to a slow start as second seed Rublev broke him twice to clinch the opening set 6-2.

Djokovic had prevailed from a set down in his last three matches and the 20-time major winner, cheered on by a capacity home crowd, raised his game in the second set to take the tie-breaker despite earlier squandering five set points on the Rublev serve.

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