Novak Djokovic, the world’s number one, crashed out of his fans in the Belgrade tournament in the middle of the Novark Tennis Center this Saturday, losing to Russian Aslan Karatsev 7-5, 4-6 and 6-4. The second defeat was. this year.
On the return of the Belgrade tournament to the ATP circuit, the final of which was in 2012, the Serbian dreamed of winning the trophy against his countrymen in 2009 and 2011, but changed to the number 28 in the world and the revelations of the Karsev season, the Australian Open semi-finals took.
The Russian became known to the general public in February, when he reached the semi-finals of the year’s first Grand Slam from the qualification round. In Melbourne it was Djokovic who later won the tournament, the only one who managed to defeat him (6-3, 6-4 and 6-2).
The number one in the world served him three times in the first set, but with the pride of an injured champion, he won the second turn when he was losing 4–2, forcing the third set.
After almost three and a half hour semi-finals, Karsev was taken aback by the match and was constantly under pressure.
Djokovic said, “I didn’t like losing at home. It is disappointing for sure. I don’t feel very well now, but at the same time I have to congratulate Kartasev, who played very bravely.” The Serb said, “Whenever he needed to hit the best shot, he did it. Congratulations to him, because he played incredibly well.”
‘Knowle’ experienced an unexpected setback last week at the Monte Carlo Masters 1000, where he was eliminated by Briton Daniel Evans (N.26) in the second round in two arrows and is currently having a disastrous season on clay, No gains before Roland Garros’ big challenge.
Karatsev, who will play the second final of his career at the age of 27 – won the Dubai tournament in March and took advantage of Australia’s confidence – will take on Italian Matto Beretini (nº 10) on Sunday, who will take on Japanese tarot Daniel in the second semi-final. Defeated N.126) 6–1, 6–7 (5/7) and 6–0.
The ATP tournament in Belgrade, played on clay, distributed over $ 854,000 in prizes.
Check the results of Belgrade ATP tournament
– Simple – Semifinal:
Aslan Kartsev (RUS / N.3) x Novak Djokovic (SRB / N.1) 7-5, 4-6, 6-4
Matteo Beretini (ITA / N.2) x Taro Daniel (JPN) 6-1, 6-7 (5/7), 6-0
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