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Top seed Novak Djokovic struggled at the start, but came back to beat Italian Andreas Seppi 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 to reach the final of the Serbia Open.
Djokovic reached his fourth consecutive final after showings at Miami, Monte Carlo and Rome. He won his 12th career title in Dubai (d. Ferrer).
After losing the first set, Djokovic took control in the final two sets by breaking the Italian five times. He converted five of 11 break points while saving six of eight on his serve to close out the match in a little over two hours.
Djokovic improves to 33-10 this year, including 11-4 on clay.
The current World No.3 goes on to face Polish lucky loser Lukasz Kubot, who reached his first ATP World Tour final defeating Croatia’s Ivo Karlovic 7-6(0), 6-2.
The last lucky loser to win a ATP World Tour singles title was Ukraine’s Sergiy Stakhovsky who won Zagreb in February 2008 (d. Ljubicic).
Kubot withstood 14 aces from Karlovic, even though he won 80 percent of points behind his first serve. Despite that, Kubot won the tie-break in convincing fashion then went on to break Karlovic two more times to wrap up a convincing victory.