Novak won 7-6 (5), 7-5 over Dusan Lajovic
in the second round of Montpellier on Thursday.
Novak improved to 3-2 in the early going of the 2021 season as he sent the No. 3 seed packing in this closely-contested win that spanned 1 hour and 31 minutes. The 27-year-old Austrian won just five more points than his opponent in this affair, yet was able to squeak out a straight-set win. Novak will take on unseeded Peter Gojowczyk
in the quarterfinals, who he has never played.