Djokovic battles into Belgrade final

BELGRADE: Top seed and world number three Novak Djokovic came from a set down to beat Italian fourth seed Andreas Seppi 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 and reach the final of the inaugural Serbia Open here on Saturday.

Djokovic advanced to his fourth consecutive tournament final after runner-up showings at Miami, Monte-Carlo and Rome. The former Australian Open champion will now face Polish lucky loser Lukasz Kubot, who reached his first career final with a 7-6 (7/0), 6-2 win over giant Croatian second seed Ivo Karlovic.

After losing the opening set, Djokovic took control of the next two sets by breaking the Italian five times. The Serbian star converted five of 11 break points while saving six of eight on his serve in the two hour and 17-minute match.

Kubot gained entry into the main draw, having lost in the final round of qualifying, when Steve Darcis withdrew due to a shoulder injury. Since then, the Pole has defeated Serbian wild card Arsenije Zlatanovic, Russian third seed Igor Andreev, Kristof Vliegen and Karlovic all without the loss of a set. The Lubin resident now has the chance to become the first Polish winner of a singles title since Wojtek Fibak won in Chicago in 1982.