Wimbledon: Novak Djokovic beat Tomas Berdych to reach the semi-finals
Last Updated: 03/07/13 4:37pm
Novak Djokovic: Found Berdych a tough adversary in the quarter-finals
Novak Djokovic overcame his toughest test so far at this year's Wimbledon to beat Tomas Berdych in straight sets on Wednesday.
The top seed found Berdych's power difficult to handle on Court One but edged a first set tie-break and came from 3-0 down in the second to win their quarter-final match 7-6 6-4 6-3.
The Czech, a former Wimbledon finalist, saved two break points early on and Djokovic again failed to break through when given a chance in the seventh game.
Berdych saved another break point with a 129mph ace and while both players broke each other twice in the tie-break, Djokovic struck the killer blow on set point, forcing his opponent to go wide following a powerful return.
However, the loss of the set galvanised Berdych into a double break of serve early in the second set, which in turn sparked the 2011 champion back to life as he levelled to 3-0.
Serving to stay in the set at 4-5, Berdych found himself defending two break points and although Djokovic returned the first wide, he won the second when Berdych wastefully hammered the ball into the net following a weak return.
The third set was a more straightforward affair as the fight was drawn out of the seventh seed - Djokovic capitalising on his only break point in the fourth game as Berdych coughed up successive double faults.
And with the world No 1 now in full flight it came as little surprise that Djokovic eventually served out for the match after two hours and 15 minutes.
"It was a very close match, it could have gone either way," said Djokovic, who reached his 13th consecutive grand slam semi-final. "He could have won the first two sets, he had a double break in the second.
"I don't know how I managed to go ahead, I don't know how I turned it around. I am really happy with the performance. I am playing some of the best tennis on grass of my career."
Juan Martin Del Potro, who overcame a knee injury to defeat fourth seed David Ferrer, awaits in the last four.