THE CHAMPIONSHIPS 2013
Djokovic Denies Berdych For Fourth Straight Wimbledon SF Berth
by ATP Staff|
The top seed and 2011 champion executed a superb display of controlled tennis from the baseline to beat seventh seed and 2010 runner-up Tomas Berdych 7-6(5), 6-4, 6-3 in two hours and 15 minutes on No. 1 Court.
"Generally, it was a very close match and that's what I expected," said Djokovic. "Tomas is a very powerful player. We went toe-to-toe in the first set and one shot decided a first set winner. That was important for me to get the set advantage. Even though I started poorly in the second, I still felt quite good on the court. [I’m] just really glad to win in three."
Now only eighth seed Juan Martin del Potro stands in the way of the Djokovic reaching his 11th major championship final (6-4 overall).
Djokovic could not convert any of his four break point opportunities in the first set, when Berdych produced some wonderful winners. Sustained pressure from Djokovic reaped dividends in the tie-break, as Berdych succumbed at 5-6 with a forehand error.
Berdych bounced back by breaking twice for a 3-0 lead in the second set, yet Djokovic worked his way back by playing almost faultless tennis to shatter his opponent’s confidence.
"Basically he didn't start the second set that well, but then it was all me," said Berdych. "I didn't start the game well [at 3-0] with the new balls. I just started with [a] double fault. Then the whole game kept going bad."
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At 4-5, Berdych saved one set point but made an uncharacteristic error at 30/40. Djokovic hit a backhand slice return mid-court, but Berdych hesitated and hit a forehand into the net.
"I was watching the ball," said Berdych. "I was not watching Novak with what happened on the other side."
Berdych failed to hit a single body serve in their 16th FedEx ATP Head2Head meeting and his fate was sealed when he struck a double fault to gift Djokovic a 3-1 lead in the third set.
"It was a huge confidence boost obviously being two sets up," said Djokovic. "I could feel that he was frustrated in the third set. So I capitalised when I needed to."
Djokovic hit 16 aces and won 78 per cent of his first service points. It was his 38th win in 43 matches this season, which includes three titles.