The struggle is real for Novak Djokovic. After surviving yesterday, Djokovic found himself in trouble again at his home event in Belgrade.
Facing the improving Miomir Kecmanovic, Djokovic again dropped the first set, but rallied to advance 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 to reach his first semifinal of 2022.
Kecmanovic, who has been in the midst of his best season, took the opening set without facing a break point, missed break chances in the second while the World No. 1 eventually cashed in.
“The scenario was similar to last evening’s match, but I managed to win and qualify for the semis,” Djokovic said in Serbian in his post-match interview. “Thanks to my team, I felt better than last night.
“It’s a very strange feeling, sharing the court with your compatriots. Obviously the crowd was phenomenal for both players in yesterday’s match and today. They’re very rare occasions when I’m able to play at home and experience this atmosphere, so I’m trying to enjoy every single moment.”
After two straight Serbian foes, it will be Karen Khachanov next in the semifinal on Saturday. He leads the Russian 5-1 with a win this year in Dubai.
Tomorrow, the second semifinal will be set as Fabio Fognini faces Oscar Otte and Andrey Rublev meets qualifier Taro Daniel.
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