Novak Djokovic bounced again from his shock early defeat by Dan Evans in Monte Carlo final week with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Kwon Quickly-woo to achieve the Serbian Open quarter-finals on Wednesday.
The world primary, warming up for the beginning of the French Open subsequent month, will face fellow dwelling hope Miomir Kecmanovic within the final eight.
It was plain crusing for Djokovic, whose loss to Evans was his first of the season, as he gained in solely an hour and 10 minutes.
It was his first look in his dwelling city since 2011, with this the primary ATP occasion in Belgrade since 2012.
“It offers you an additional push, an additional motivation, power to actually give your finest and go away all of it out on the courtroom,” Djokovic informed atptour.com of taking part in on dwelling soil.
“I believe additionally that made me really feel snug and assured on the courtroom and I performed actually good. I am actually happy with the standard of tennis.”
The 33-year-old’s Australian Open triumph earlier this 12 months took him inside two of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal’s joint all-time report of 20 Grand Slam males’s singles titles.
He can be bidding for a second Roland Garros crown when the clay-court main will get underway on Could 30, having suffered a straight-sets thrashing by previous rival Nadal within the 2020 last.
Djokovic cruised right into a 6-1, 5-2 lead towards world quantity 85 Kwon with out dealing with a break level.
The South Korean broke the highest seed when he served for the match, however Djokovic quashed any hopes of an unlikely comeback by breaking to like to safe a cushty win.
“I believed I performed very nicely from the very starting, besides that service recreation that I misplaced at 5-2 within the second (set),” Djokovic added. “I believed it was a reasonably flawless efficiency.”