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Djokovic cruises through but refuses to commit to vaccination

The world No.1, Novak Djokovic showed no mercy to his countryman Miomir Kecmanovic when they clashed in the quarter-finals of the Serbia Open, winning 6-1 6-3 to remain on course to pick up his third title at his home event.

I think personally I’m feeling very well on court, moving well, hitting the ball well and, of course, enjoying the home court advantage Novak Djokovic

The top seed needed just 75-minutes to reach the semi-finals in what was his 12th win of the season against just the one loss incurred in Monte Carlo where Britain’s Dan Evans got the better of him.

“I think personally I’m feeling very well on court, moving well, hitting the ball well and, of course, enjoying the home court advantage,” a very confident Djokovic said. “So I’m really excited to go out in the semi-finals on the court again tomorrow.”

Djokovic also added that he hoped it would not become compulsory for players to be vaccinated against coronavirus and insisted any decision he makes on whether or not to take the vaccine, will remain private.

“I am still a supporter of freedom of choice,” Djokovic said in Belgrade, where last year he launched the ill-fated Adria Tour which broke many pandemic rules ending up with many players, including himself, contracting the virus.

The possibility that players will have to be vaccinated in order to enter tournaments is one Djokovic refuses to commit to.

“I will keep my decision to myself, I think it’s a private, intimate thing. I do not want to be labelled as someone who is for or against vaccination,” added Djokovic who has expressed his reservations in the past.

“I hope it does not become compulsory.”

Djokovic’s next on court date is a rematch of his Australian semi-final with Russian Aslan Karatsev who ousted Italian qualifier Gianluca Mager 6-3 6-3.
No. 2 seed Matteo Berrettini of Italy, also made the semi-finals after beating Serbian Filip Krajinovic 6-4 6-4 and will play Lucky Loser Taro Daniel of Japan, who upset Argentina’s Federico Delbonis 4-6 6-1 7-5.

“I think I played a really solid match. My weapons were working from the beginning really well. I am happy with the performance. I served well. I also returned well when I had to. I am really happy that I am in the semi-finals. It’s never easy when you are coming back from an injury. I played well, physically I am feeling good, so that the most important thing for me, especially in the last month. I am reaching the best shape, that is the goal”, the Italian said.






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