Tennis, Djokovic and Fognini in the ATP 250 Quarterfinals in Belgrade

The return of Noel Kikmanovic, Fabio passes 6-2 6-3 and will face Otti for a place in the semi-finals. Musetti and Sonego have been postponed due to bad weather

After defeating Laszlo Djeri in Wednesday’s Marathon, Novak Djokovic once again emerges from a complicated situation in the challenge with another Serb – Miomir Kekmanovic, seeded No. 7 – and brings home a match that could be key to getting his right senses back on the court. . Number 1 in the world wins after finding himself under a group and breaking against a decent player, as evidenced by a good 18th place in the race: a match in the Nol match escalation, who thus reaches the semi-finals on his home championship by finding a better game than the previous versions.

the match

Djokovic’s fans will hit hard, but the last players able to beat Kikmanovic won the tournament: Taylor Fritz at Indian Wells and Carlos Alcaraz in Miami. As in the two Sunshine Double rounds, the No. 38 in the world comes out in the quarter-finals. Djokovic is now two games from the first title of a turbulent season, a goal far from clear given the efforts made in Belgrade’s first two matches after the elimination in Monte Carlo against Davidovic Fokina: After losing the first set 6-4, the No. 1 in the world found himself Lagging 2-1 at a second, with a back break. Bravo Noll to immediately find 2-2, before closing at 6-3. In the third set Djokovic looked real: the decisive break came at 3-3 and then Novak closed in at 6-3, also winning the last match in response. Is Nol back?

Fognini forward

Fabio Fognini qualified for the ATP 250 quarter-finals in Belgrade. 34 year old blue now n. The 62nd ranked victory over Slovenian Aljaz Bedene 6-2 and 6-3 in the world number 164. The match is not exciting, but it is strong with Fabio, who gave up his serve at the beginning and ended with a score of 2-0. The scenario changed in the fourth match, which lasted for 20 points, at the end of which the Ligurian, the owner of the seventh ball, scored the second half, 2-2. From that moment on, Fognini’s level rose slightly and it was enough to take the set 6-2. Fabio had to cancel a break also at the start of the second set (2-1). The Ligurians tried to extend again with another break (5-3) and this time closed 6-3 on the second game point with a backhand that his opponent buried in the net. Tomorrow in the quarter-finals, Fognini will face Germany’s Oscar Ott, No. 67, who beat Aslan Karatsev, No. 30. In the afternoon, it was Novak Djokovic’s turn again, who after a fight with Djeri bypassed the dangerous Kecmanovic.

rain in Barcelona

Instead, it all came to a standstill in Barcelona, ​​where Lorenzo Musseti was supposed to take the field this morning, in Monte Carlo’s rematch against Diego Schwartzman and Lorenzo Sonego, as well as looking for a quarter-final against Pablo Carreno. The continued rainfall has led to the postponement of the programme. Today, matches will not start, including the match between Tsitsipas and Ivashka, which was stopped in the evening at 5-1.

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