The ATP World Tour 250 event top seed captured his fifth title in 2011, and 23rd in his career, with a 7-6(4), 6-2 victory over world no.37 Spaniard Feliciano Lopez in 1 hour and 56 minutes on Sunday. This is Nole’s second triumph at his hometown tournament. He lifted the trophy at the inaugural Serbia Open 2009. The opening set went into a tie-breaker. The 23-year-old Belgrade native took it 7-4. It turned out to be crucial for the outcome of the final. Lopez was broken twice in the second set, in the third and seventh games. Nole served out the match 6-2.
Novak has won every tournament he’s entered in 2011: the Australian Open, Dubai, Indian Wells, Miami and now Belgrade. He increased his overall winning streak to 29 wins in a row, dating back to last December’s Davis Cup final. The best Serbian tennis player of all time has improved to a perfect 27-0 this season and is only two matches short of equalling Ivan Lendl’s 29-0 start in 1986.