Djokovic, Lopez reach Serbia Open final
Belgrade: Top seed Novak Djokovic reached the Serbia Open final without hitting a ball on Saturday after fellow Serb Janko Tipsarevic pulled out of their semifinal with a thigh injury.
Djokovic, who will enter Sunday`s final with a 26-0 record in 2011 after winning four tournaments in a row including the Australian Open in January, meets Feliciano Lopez after the Spaniard beat Italy`s Filippo Volandri 7-6, 6-2.
Tipsarevic said after the quarterfinals he was looking forward to battle with close friend Djokovic, but the injury he sustained in a strength-sapping win over Somdev Devvarman will also force him to miss next week`s Madrid Masters.
"Tipsarevic was forced to withdraw from the tournament with a right leg injury and the world number 36 will also skip the Madrid Masters next week," the Serbia Open organisers said on their website.
Djokovic will start as the strong favourite against world number 37 Lopez having won all three of their previous meetings, the latest en route to his 2011 Dubai Championships title.