World no. 1 and the two-time Serbia Open champion Novak Djokovic is through into the semi-final at his Novak Djokovic Tennis Center in Belgrade, beating a promising countryman Miomir Kecmanovic 6-1, 6-3 in an hour and 15 minutes.
Like in the opening round against Soonwoo Kwon, Novak proved to be too strong for the youngest, controlling the pace and getting broken once while serving for the victory. Djokovic took 55% of the return points and earned five breaks from ten opportunities to emerge at the top.
The top seed took the opening game with a lob winner and broke Miomir a few minutes later for an early advantage. Djokovic hit a volley winner to open a 3-0 gap after winning 12 of the opening 14 points and settling into a fine rhythm.
Kecmanovic punched a beautiful backhand down the line winner in the fourth game to get his name on the scoreboard and created a break chance in the next one when Novak missed a drop shot. Djokovic saved it with a forehand down the line winner and held with another from his serve for 4-1.
Novak Djokovic defeated Miomir Kecmanovic in straight sets in Belgrade.
Kecmanovic lost serve at love in game six when Djokovic placed a return winner, with Novak fending off two break chances in game seven for 6-1 in 30 minutes.
The more experienced serve started the second set with a backhand crosscourt winner and brought the second game home with a service winner for a 2-0 advantage. Kecmanovic grabbed the third game with a forehand winner and another at 1-3 to remain within one break deficit.
Miomir earned a break chance with a backhand winner in game six, with Novak repelling it with a forehand winner and hitting two more from his serve to move 4-2 up. Djokovic broke Kecmanovic in game seven on his fourth chance and served for the victory, only to experience a break.
Making a quick recovery, Novak delivered the fifth break in game nine that carried him over the finish line and into the semi-final, where he could face Aslan Karatsev in the repeat of the Australian Open semi-final clash. The Russian plays Gianluca Mager in the last match of today's progam.