Top-seeded Serbian Novak Djokovic will be competing for his first title of the season after recording a 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 triumph over Russian Karen Khachanov on Saturday in the Serbia Open semifinals at Belgrade.
Djokovic had a 6-1 edge in aces and won 75 percent of his first-serve points while subduing the third-seeded Khachanov. Djokovic will be looking to win the homeland event for the third time when he faces second-seeded Russian Andrey Rublev in Sunday’s championship match.
Rublev cruised to a 6-2, 6-2 win over sixth-seeded Italian Fabio Fognini. Rublev served five aces and saved all three break points he faced in the 62-minute victory.
Djokovic and Rublev will be facing for the second time. Djokovic prevailed in the first meeting at the 2021 Nitto ATP Finals.
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Both semifinal matches were tied at 2-2 when they were postponed by rain and they will be resumed on Sunday and followed by the title match.
Fifth-seeded Carlos Alcaraz of Spain and 10th-seeded Alex de Minaur of Australia are competing in one semifinal, while sixth-seeded Diego Schwartzman of Argentina and eighth-seeded Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta are matched in the other.
–Field Level Media