Novak Djokovic established himself as fifth on the Open Era wins list by beating Federico Coria, 6-1, 6-0 in just 56 minutes at the Belgrade Open on Thursday. The World No. 1 improved to 952 wins, putting him just ahead of 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.”
Djokovic moved into the semi-finals of his home ATP 250 event where he’ll face either compatriot Dusan Lajovic or qualifier Andrej Martin. He improved to 18-3 on the season and is seeking his third final of the year after winning the Australian Open and falling in the final of the ATP Masters 1000 event in Rome.
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In his first ATP Head2Head meeting against Coria, Djokovic came out flawless right out of the gates. In the second game of the first set, Coria hit two double faults, allowing Djokovic to break and race away with the lead. The only game the 29-year-old Argentine would win would end up an unexpected break of Djokovic’s serve at 0-4.
Coria, ranked No. 96 in the FedEx ATP Rankings and appearing in his third tour-level quarter-final, struggled to find ways to hurt Djokovic’s court coverage and return game. He’s now 0-2 against Top-10 opponents.