Novak Djokovic has reached the semi-finals of the Serbia Open after coming via one other three-setter within the quarter-finals on Thursday.
For the second straight day on the Serbia Open, Djokovic gained a comeback three-setter towards an in-form countryman. The highest seed battled again from a set and a break down on Thursday towards Miomir Kecmanovic to win 4-6, 6-3, 6-3.
Djokovic prolonged his win streak towards Serbians to 10 matches, bettering his file to 27-4 towards his countrymen and 36-6 in his house nation.
“The state of affairs was much like final night’s match, however I managed to win and qualify for the semis,” Djokovic stated in Serbian in his post-match interview. “Because of my staff, I felt higher than final evening.” Djokovic was quoted as saying by the ATP web site.
After working via some early struggles and coming to grips with Kecmanovic’s aggressive recreation, the highest seed performed a number of the greatest tennis of his restricted season within the latter half of the match.
Kecmanovic took the opening set with out dealing with a break level, earlier than an eventful begin to the second noticed a break likelihood in every of the primary 4 video games. After sitting down for the primary changeover down a break, Djokovic started to raise his precision and consistency from the baseline to degree the match.
He gained the ultimate recreation of the two-hour, 18-minute contest, sealing his fourth break of serve with consecutive backhand winners. He gained the ultimate 4 video games of the deciding set, dropping simply two factors within the course of, and didn’t face a break level within the stanza.
Djokovic was proud of the way in which he held up bodily in his opening match, a virtually three-and-a-half-hour encounter with Laslo Djere. With lower than 24 hours to relaxation, he was once more as much as the duty on Thursday, bettering because the match wore on.
The victory is a repeat of the final conflict between Djokovic and Kecmanovic — on the identical stage one yr in the past in Belgrade, with Djokovic now holding a 2-0 heat-to-head edge of their collection.
The 22-year-old Kecmanovic has been one of the constant gamers of the 2022 season. Now at a career-high of No. 38 within the ATP Rankings, he was taking part in in his fifth consecutive ATP Tour quarter-final. The loss drops him to 19-8 on the yr.
Djokovic, chasing a 3rd title on the Serbia Open and a fourth ATP Tour title general in his house metropolis, awaits the winner of the match between third seed Karen Khachanov and Brazilian qualifier Thiago Monteiro, the report stated.