TennisSection previews the 2021 Serbia Open as Novak Djokovic (1) meets Aslan Karatsev (3) in the Semi-Finals on Saturday April 24th, 2021.
A blockbuster Semi-Final clash is on our hands at the 2021 Serbia Open. Top seeded Novak Djokovic will face third seed Aslan Karatsev in what is sure to be a very exciting match. Can the Russian continue his dream 2021 season by causing yet another upset? Or will the world number one get the win and advance to the Final here on home soil?
Novak Djokovic is the current world number one and is the top seed here at the 2021 Serbia Open. He has been in dominant form so far here in his home country, yet to drop a set en route to the Semi-Finals. The two time winner of this event has only lost 8 games in total so far and is seemingly back to his destructive best after a shocking Round of 16 loss to Dan Evans at the Monte-Carlo Masters last week. Djokovic steamrolled Miomir Kecmanovic 6-1, 6-3 in the Quarter-Finals, serving extremely well and controlling the tempo of the match from the baseline. While his opponent Aslan Karatsev has been one of the best players in the world this year, Novak Djokovic enters this match as the strong favorite and is expected to advance here in Belgrade.
Aslan Karatsev is ranked #28 in the world, and is the third seed here at the 2021 Serbia Open. He has continued to shock the tennis world with his performances in 2021, reaching the Semi-Finals at the Australian Open and claiming his first ATP title in Dubai. The Russian has continued that great form so far here in Belgrade, overcoming a huge challenge from Aljaz Bedene in the opening round before dispatching Gianluca Mager in the Quarter-Finals. While he has played very well so far, he will have to be much better against Novak Djokovic. Karatsev is a powerful baseline player that can be erratic at times, and that can be dangerous against one of the best defensive players of all time. While he has been hugely successful so far, he enters this match as the underdog and will need a huge effort to win here.
This will be the second time that the two players have faced each other on the ATP Tour, with Novak Djokovic leading the head to head 1-0. They played each other in the Semi-Finals at the 2021 Australian Open, with the Serb winning in straight sets. Aslan Karatsev has been in good form so far here at the 2021 Serbia Open, but Djokovic has been simply dominant. In this type of form there are not many players that can defeat him, and I don’t see him losing here. He is still smarting from that loss to Dan Evans and seems hell-bent on dominating this event. Novak Djokovic will win here and advance to the Final here in Belgrade.
Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Novak Djokovic to win.