Serbian Novak Djokovic, No. 1 in the world ranking and winner of 82 career titles, He continues to steadfastly intend to be a prophet in his land. In the quarterfinals he defeated his compatriot Miomir Kecmanovic (47th) for the Belgrade ATP 250 quarter-finals, tournament that takes place in Serbia and on brick dust.
A resounding 6-1 and 6-3 in one hour and 16 minutes of play, in a game with hardly any history where the current world number one dominated the match from start to finish and once again demonstrated the reason why he is the big favorite to come out on Sunday as champion.
Djokovic, a two-time winner of this contest (2009 and 2011), arrived at this stage after defeating South Korean Soon Woo Koon (85) by a resounding 6-1, 6-3 in his debut.
On Saturday, in the first semi-final, the owner of 18 Grand Slam crowns will meet the rising Russian Aslan Karatsev, champion of Dubai last month in his first ATP title. That rival beat Italian Gianluca Mager 6-3, 6-4 at the end of the quarterfinal day.
The top seed will play with the Top 30, being third seeded on Serbian soil for the second time. The only clash was won by Djokovic, two months ago, in the Australian Open semi-final in straight sets.
In the meantime, Argentine Federico Delbonis (84th) started well and had a clear advantage in the third set, but lost with the jaPonés Taro Daniel (126 °), in a duel that only took place in Viña 2014, with the Asian triumph. It was 4-6, 6-1 and 7-5 for the Japanese.