Novak Djokovic was all but untested on Thursday as a 6-1, 6-0 thrashing of 96th-ranked Federico Coria put the Serb into the semi-finals of his family-run event in Belgrade. 

With the ideal weekend script no secret at the last of the pre-Roland Garros tuneups winds down, the elder brother of the clan played his role to perfection, crushing the Argentine in 57 minutes with six breaks of serve.  

The world No. 1 winner is trying to lift his clay hopes after an indifferent run-up campaign capped by a Rome final against Rafael Nadal and a semi-final at the first Belgrade event played in April.

The near-unprecedented pair of Serbian dates were added by the ATP to pad out the COVID-era tournament calendar.

The 34-year-old winner set a minor record with his win – his 952nd – which nudges him to fifth on the Open era win list, one ahead of Guillermo Vilas who played in the 1970s and 1980s.

“It was a great performance,” the winner said. “Probably one of the best matches – if not the best match – I’ve played this year. 

“I felt fantastic on the court from the first point.”

The 29-year-old Coria only truly threatened once, when he momentarily halted the seed’s momentum with a break of serve as Djokovic led 4-0 in the opening set,

But that was the last look the South American got as he went down to defeat as he competed in the third Tour quarter-final of his career.

Djokovic improved to 18-3 on the season and will aim to enter his third final of the season in Friday’s semis.

Main photo:- Novak Djokovic winning his quarter final match in Belgrade by


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