Even if the days go by and Novak Djokovic looks the same, the world number one is doing better and better. On Wednesday in Belgrade, he had to whip to eliminate Laszlo Djere 2-6, 7-6 (6), 7-6 (4), after dropping two balls at 5-3 in the second set, and then moving two points off subsequent tiebreak loss. Thursday, riot, or almost, during his quarter-final against another compatriot, Miomir Kecmanovic (38).
Jocko had to bite the bullet to get through the set and the late break (6-4, 2-1) before finally winning 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 in 2:16. The essential difference between the two matches is in the manner: from the start of the second set, the Serbian clearly raised his level of play, wiped off the slag that had parasitized his tennis for fifty minutes, and achieved several game-winning shots worthy of his legend. . Nothing to do with a breathless player in Monte Carlo against Alejandro Davidovich Fokin and too unstable in the first round against Jere. The sixth game of his season is the best.
Leading his serve in the first set (only 45% of the points scored on the second ball), Djokovic did not find his marks in the exchange. Too often on the heels, sometimes too late for the ball, he made blunders, like that screwed right hand in game six that left him screaming in annoyance. He miraculously saved five double break points at 3-1, but didn’t give himself the slightest opportunity to make a break.
A cry of relief at match point
He even had to give up a break point early in the second act before he lost his pitch by 1. However, the whole building held up better. Fewer unprovoked errors, more tactical accuracy, he gradually returned to the game. His first break at 1-2 signaled a recapture. The second with the score 4-3 offered him the second set.
Kecmanovic held the shot to 3 everywhere in the last round. Before collapsing under the blows of his opponent. “Joko” completed his comeback with an exceptional long line backhand. His shout of joy at match point spoke of both satisfaction and relief. In the semi-finals he will face the winner of the match between Karen Khachanov and Tiego Monteiro.