Wimbledon: Novak Djokovic beat Tomas Berdych to reach the semi-finals
Novak Djokovic overcame his toughest test at this year's Wimbledon to beat Tomas Berdych in straight sets on Wednesday.
Last Updated: 03/07/13 4:37pm
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.