It goes for another key step. Serbian Novak Djokovic, world No. 1, at home, plays on Saturday with Russian Aslan Karatsev (28th) in the first semifinal of ATP 250 in Belgrade, on slow pitch. Later, the Italian Matteo Berrettini (10th) meets the Japanese Taro Daniel (126th).
Djokovic won both games of the week in his hometown 6-1, 6-3. And he is looking to feel comfortable and solid again on a slow surface, after the hard blow of elimination in the round of 16 of the Monte-Carlo Masters 1000, against the British Daniel Evans.
The Serbian, a two-time winner of this tournament (2009 and 2011), has a 12-1 record so far this season, now playing his third tournament.
Djokocic’s only record against Karatsev belongs to the best on the ATP circuit, who beat last month’s champion in Dubai in February for the Australian Open semi-finals in straight sets.
Berrettini, second-seeded, is next against Daniel, who entered the Belgrade main draw due to the loss of an injured colleague, after losing in the last round of the qualifying round.
They too were measured only once. At the first round in Istanbul, in 2018, also on clay, the Japanese beat the Italian in two sets. Now the N ° 10 of the ranking goes for the rematch.