Wimbledon: Novak Djokovic claims 2010 defeat to Tomas Berdych helped revive career
Last Updated: 03/07/13 9:51am
Novak Djokovic: Is vying for a place in a 13th consecutive grand slam semi-final
World No 1 Novak Djokovic has revealed that his semi-final defeat to Tomas Berdych at Wimbledon in 2010 has helped to drive him on in the last three years.
Berdych won the match in straight sets to progress to a final with Rafael Nadal, but Djokovic has added four grand slam titles to his name since then.
The Serbian had already won an Australian Open title in 2008 but by the time of the clash with the Czech at Wimbledon, two years later, questions were being asked about whether he had already peaked.
"The semi-finals of Wimbledon came at the right time for me because I felt that was like a springboard for me"
The pair meet again at the All England Club on Wednesday, this time at the quarter-final stage, with the Djokovic having made a mockery of such claims since.
"I had quite a turbulent five, six months of 2010," Djokovic said. "The semi-finals of Wimbledon came at the right time for me because I felt that was like a springboard for me.
"From that moment on everything started going uphill really.
"I didn't play great in that match against Tomas, but credit to him because he got to the final that year, and he beat Roger [Federer] and myself, played a good match against Rafa [Nadal]."
The Australian Open champion has a 13-2 record against his quarter-final opponent but is well aware of the threat the no 6 seed can pose.
"He knows how to play on grass. That (the 2010 semi-final) is the only time we played on this surface. I'm expecting a difficult match," he added.
"It's the quarter-finals of a grand slam. He's an established top-five, top-10 player in the world. We're going to go for the win, both of us."
Berdych won the last encounter between the duo, winning in three sets at the Rome Masters, and will be hoping for a repeat to deny Djokovic a 13th straight grand slam semi-final appearance.