Novak Djokovic reached the semi-finals of his home tournament in Belgrade on Thursday with the next feat of strength.

The world number one beat his Serbian compatriot Miomir Kecmanovic 4-6, 6-3, 6-3. It was not least his strong break rate (4/8) that made the difference compared to his 22-year-old opponent (2/8).

In his opening match in the round of 16, Djokovic had narrowly defeated another Serb, Laslo Djere, 2-6, 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (7-4). In the last four, the top seed will meet Russian third seed Karen Khachanov, who beat Brazilian qualifier Thiago Monteiro 7-5, 6-4.

In Monte Carlo, Djokovic had recently failed to make a comeback after weeks of inactivity due to a lack of vaccination against the corona virus and was eliminated in his opening match. Before that, Djokovic had surprisingly lost the quarter-finals in Dubai at the end of February.

Oscar Otte is also still in the running. The player from Cologne will meet Fabio Fognini from Italy in his quarter-final on Friday.