Will Novak Djokovic celebrate his first title this season in his home country of all places? In any case, the Serb took the first step on Saturday. The “Djoker” won against the Russian Olympic finalist Karen Chatschanov with 4:6.6:1.6:2. This is the first time he has reached a final this season. In the final on Sunday, the 34-year-old will face Russia’s Andrei Rublev or Italy’s Fabio Fognini.
Djokovic had previously struggled in the previous two rounds of the clay court tournament. Against his two compatriots Laslo Djere and Miomir Kecmanovic, the number one in the world rankings needed three sets to advance. He lost the first set in all three matches.
Djokovic is considered a vaccination skeptic. Since he is not vaccinated against Corona, he has already missed a few tournaments this year. It all started at the Australian Open in January, where the “Djoker” lost a court case and had to leave Australia due to the lack of vaccination. In Dubai, the 20-time Grand Slam winner was surprisingly eliminated in the quarter-finals at the end of February. In Monte Carlo, after a forced break of weeks, he was unexpectedly over in his opening match.