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ATP roundup: Djokovic rallies over one other countryman in Belgrade



For the second consecutive day, No. 1 seed Novak Djokovic dropped the primary set earlier than rallying to take down a fellow Serb, defeating No. 7 seed Miomir Kecmanovic 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 Thursday within the quarterfinals of the Serbia Open at Belgrade.

Djokovic weathered Kecmanovic’s 4 aces and saved six of eight break factors whereas profitable 40 of 59 first-service factors (67.8 %). In the prior spherical, Djokovic beat Serbia’s Laslo Djere 2-6, 7-6 (6), 7-6 (4).

In the semifinals the world No. 1 will face Russian third seed Karen Khachanov, who was a 7-5, 6-4 winner over Brazil’s Thiago Monteiro.

Four second-round matches have been additionally contested Thursday. No. 2 seed Andrey Rublev of Russia rallied to beat Czech qualifier Jiri Lehecka 4-6, 7-6 (1), 6-2. Germany’s Oscar Otte smashed 10 aces, saved seven of eight break factors and upset No. 4 seed Aslan Karatsev of Russia 6-7 (4), 6-1, 6-3.

Sixth seed Fabio Fognini of Italy defeated Slovenia’s Aljaz Bedene 6-2, 6-3, and Japanese qualifier Taro Daniel beat Holger Rune of Denmark 6-3, 6-7 (1), 6-3.

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Top seed Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece endured a three-set match within the rain and defeated Belarus’ Ilya Ivashka 6-1, 4-6, 6-2 within the second spherical in Spain.

Ivashka saved 11 of 15 break factors, but it surely wasn’t sufficient to beat Tsitsipas, who saved rolling following his victory on the Monte Carlo Masters final week.

Only one different match was performed amid the climate. Bulgarian 14th seed Grigor Dimitrov outlasted Argentina’s Federico Coria 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, changing 5 break factors in 9 possibilities. Dimitrov and Tsitsipas will meet within the third spherical.

–Field Level Media