World no.1 Novak Djokovic secured a 7-5, 6-1 win as he beat Tallon Griekspoor to move into the semi-finals of the Gonet Geneva Open in 77 minutes on Thursday.

The 37-year-old Serbian star served at 4-5, 0/40, a game during which he fended off four set points. He managed to break his opponent in the 11th game and served it out to close the topsy-turvy first set.

From there, it was a one-way traffic for Novak, who broke the Dutchman three times in the second set, in the first, third and seventh games, to advance.

“Great win. The first set could have gone his way easily because I think he was the better player for most of the first set,” Djokovic said in his on-court interview. “He had three set points.  We could have been having a completely different direction of the match if he converted those. I was lucky to find some really good serves and from that moment onwards really played some good, solid tennis. He did help me a bit with the mistakes, I think the way I played the second set was really good. So I want to thank everybody again for the support and presence today on a cold day.”

The top-seeded Novak will next face Tomas Machac. The Czech is through to his first semis following a 6-3, 7-6 victory over Alex Michelsen.

Djokovic, a 24-time Grand Slam winner, is playing in the ATP 250 tournament in Switzerland for the first time as preparation for the French Open.

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