Novak Djokovic eases past Federico Coria to reach Belgrade semifinal

On the back of his thumping victory at Belgrade Open, the Serbian has the fifth most Open Era wins list.

Novak Djokovic in a file photo. (Image credit: Twitter)

Novak Djokovic trounces Federico Coria, 6-1, 6-0 in just 56 minutes at the Belgrade Open on Thursday to be fifth on the Open Era wins list. The World No. 1 has 952 wins to his name, thereby crossing the mark set by Guillermo Vilas (951). “It was a great performance,” Djokovic said on court. “And probably one of the best matches, if not the best match, I played this year. I felt fantastic on the court from the first point.”

In his home ATP 250 event, Djokovic moved into the semifinals, where he will play either compatriot Dusan Lajovic or qualifier Andrej Martin. Earlier, in his first ATP head-to-head meeting against Coria, Djokovic started all guns blazing. In the second game of the first set, Coria’s double faults helped the Serb to gain the first break and he was unstoppable since.

The only game the 29-year-old Argentine won was an unexpected break of Djokovic’s serve at 0-4. He, however, was no match to the Serb in the second set as Novak did not lose a single game in the set to bag the match.

Korda topples Sonego

Sebastian Korda stunned top seed Lorenzo Sonego 6-1, 7-5 to reach the Emilia-Romagna Open quarterfinals. When the 20-year-old arrived in Parma, he had just one clay-court win under his belt this season. But so far he has been impressive in Italy after beating Andreas Seppi in the opening round. He continued the same form to topple Sonego.

“I had a really tough opponent, but I had a good game plan and it worked out really well for me,” Korda said in an on-court interview. “It’s an incredible win, he’s been playing some amazing tennis on the clay this year. He’s beaten me earlier this year, so I’m super happy with the win.”

The American will next take on eighth seed Yoshihito Nishioka, who defeated Lorenzo Musetti 6-3, 6-2. “I knew today was going to be [a] very, very tough match,” Nishioka said in his on-court interview.

“I know that he played a very good tournament last week, so I know he was tired as well, mentally as well. It was not his best performance, but there were many close games and many deuces. This was a 3 and 2 [win], but it was a very tough match today.”

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