The arms open to the sky and a scream of liberation certified the victory, once again very hard-working, of a Novak Djokovic that went from less to more compared to Mimomir Kecmanovic at the Serbia Open in Belgrade. At the end, 4-6, 6-3 and 6-3 in 2:16 and a day of rest ahead to face the semifinals.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion, trapped in the web of his existential troubles that are undoubtedly having an impact on his tennis, spent half a game without fuel. She dropped the first set without even a break chance and started break down in the second. From there, he increased the intensity one point (he looks slow and lacking in rhythm) and his blows began to flow until he defeated his 22-year-old compatriot and 38th in the ranking. On Wednesday he had suffered in more than three hours against Laslo Djere (50th).
Since he was expelled from Australia for his refusal to get vaccinated, the world number one has only been able to play because he was not immunized against COVID-19 in Dubai (he fell in the quarterfinals against Jiry Vesely, 123rd), Monte Carlo (defeat in his debut against to Alejandro Davidovich, 46th) and in his club, the Novak Tennis Center, tries to find the path that after passing through Madrid and Rome will take him to Roland Garros to plant battle against Rafa Nadal.