For the second straight day at the ATP 250 event, Novak battled back from a set and a break down, this time against seventh seed Miomir Kecmanovic to advance to the semi-finals in his hometown Belgrade, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3.
World no.1 beat fellow Serb Laslo Djere 2-6, 7-6 (6), 7-6 (4) in Belgrade on Wednesday to reach the quarter-finals at the Serbia Open. Next up for Novak is seventh seed and another young gun from Serbia, Miomir Kecmanovic.
Novak moved into the last four of the inaugural Belgrade Open, following a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Federico Coria. For a spot in the ATP 250 event final, the top seed will face qualifier Andrej Martin (SVK, ATP #119).
Novak recorded a 6-2, 7-6 (4) win over lucky loser Mats Moraing to progress into the last eight at the Belgrade Open. Next up for the world no.1, who is pursuing his second title of the season, is Federico Coria (ARG, Alt), currently ranked no.96 in the ATP Rankings.
The third seed clinched the biggest victory of his career against world no.1, triumphing 7-5, 4-6, 6-4 in three hours and 25 minutes to reach the Serbia Open final.
The world no.1 moved into the Serbia Open semi-finals on Friday following a 6-1, 6-3 victory over countryman Miomir Kecmanovic. He will next face Russian third seed Aslan Karatsev (H2H 1-0).
Top seed began his Serbia Open 2021 campaign with a routine 6-1, 6-3 win against Kwon Soonwoo to reach the last eight in his hometown. He will next face fellow Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic on Friday.