Belgrade: Quarter-final qualifier for Fognini, Karacev on mat

Matthieu VARNIE, Media365, published on Thursday, April 21, 2022 at 13:43.

Fabio Fognini, who won Aljaz Bedene in two sets, reached the quarterfinals of the ATP tournament in Belgrade. Aslan Karatsev meanwhile lost to Oscar Otta.

Unlike Novak Djokovic on Wednesday, Fabio Fognini was easily invited to the quarter-finals of the ATP tournament in Belgrade. The No. 6 Italian took only two sets to defeat Aljaz Bedene. Broken from the start, the world No. 62 was able to immediately reverse the trend and score the first set after a streak of six wins in a row before emerging victorious from a streak of three lost games in a row. Then Fabio Fognini scored his second match point (6-2, 6-3 in 1:26). His rival for a place in the top four will be Oscar Otte. The German, 70th in the world, had the final say against Aslan Karatsev, seeded 4th. After losing the first set in the deciding game, Oskar Otte raised his voice to easily return to one set everywhere. The only break at the very last moment allowed him to confirm his ticket to the 1/8 finals (6-7, 6-1, 6-3 in 2:21).

BELGRADE (Serbia, ATP 250, outdoor clay, €597,900)
Current champion: Matteo Berrettini (Italy)

2nd round
Djokovic (SER, #1) beat Jere (South Africa): 2–6, 7–6 (6), 7–6 (4)
Kecmanovic (SER, №7) defeats Millman (Australia): 6–4, 7–6 (5)
Khachanov (RUS, n°3) defeats Safiulina (RUS, Q): disqualification
Monteiro (Portugal, Q) defeats Krajinovic (SER, No. 8): 6-4, 6-1

Fognini (Italy, No. 6) beat Bedene (SLO): 6-2, 6-3
Otte (ALL) wins Karatsev (Russia, No. 4): 6-7 (4), 6-1, 6-3
Rune (DAN) – Daniel (JP, Q)
Legetska (RTC, Q) – Rublev (RUS, №2)

1st round
Djokovic (SER, #1) – Till
Jere (SER) defeats Medjedovic (SER, WC): 6-4, 7-5
Millman (Australia) beat Tim (AUT): 6-3, 3-6, 6-4
Kecmanovic (SER, №7) wins Gasquet (France): 6:0, 6:3

Khachanov (RUS, n°3) – Till
Safiulin (RUS, Q) wins M. Ymera (Sweden): 7-5, 6-0
Monteiro (Portugal, Q) wins J. Souza (Portugal): 6-4, 6-3
Krajinovic (SER, No. 8) defeats Goffin (Belgium): 6-3, 7-6 (4)

Fognini (Italy, No. 6) wins Cecchinato (Italy): 6-7 (5), 6-2, 6-2
Bedene (Slovenia) wins Kukushkin (KAZ, KM): 7-6 (4), 4-6, 6-3
Otte (ALL) wins Tabilo (CHI, WC): 6-0, 6-3
Karatsev (RUS, №4) – Till

Rune (DAN) wins Garin (ChI, No. 5): 6-3, 6-1
Daniel (Japan, Q) defeats Lajovic (SER): 2-6, 6-1, 7-6 (2)
Leheka (RTC, Q) defeats Laaksonen (Switzerland): 6-2, 7-5
Rublev (RUS, №2) – Till

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