Berdych breezes into final
Czech cruises past Djokovic in straight sets
Tomas Berdych produced an impressive display to see off Novak Djokovic in straight sets and secure his place in the Wimbledon final.
The powerful Czech always appeared to have the upper hand and ultimately Djokovic was unable to recover from the loss of a thrilling second set tie-break.
In the end Berdych won through 6-3 7-6 (11-9) 6-3 to advance to his first-ever Grand Slam final in some style.
In truth the number 12 seed deserved his success, playing the more consistent tennis throughout against a Djokovic who struggled to find his best form.
It was the Serb who earned the first break point of the match in the fifth game of the first set but, having been unable to convert, he then surrendered his own delivery in the next game to fall 4-2 behind.
Berdych twice served out in confident style to clinch the set with his opponent producing errors at crucial times, most notably on his forehand wing.
A tight second set stayed on serve until 5-5 although Djokovic was forced to dig deep on a couple of occasions as Berdych looked to secure an all-important break.
He did so to edge 6-5 ahead and looked in total control as he prepared to serve for the set, but Djokovic displayed all of his battling qualities to haul himself straight back on terms - Berdych finding the top of the net to confirm the tie-breaker.
Back to the wall
In the 'breaker the Serb quickly found his back to wall once again, though, as Berdych raced into a 6-2 lead with four set points at his disposal.
Having spurned the first on his own service, he was unable to convert the next two on Djokovic's and then blew the fourth on his own delivery once again, as the number three seed produced some quite outstanding defensive scrambling.
However, his efforts were to prove in vain and his frustrations got the better of him when a double-fault finally gifted Berdych a two-set advantage - Djokovic smashing over his chair with his racket as they headed back to their seats.
The loss of the set seemed to knock the stuffing out of the Serb who found it incraesingly hard to create much in the way of opportunities against the Czech's booming serve.
He fought on to stay in touch, but his own serve then let him down once again when trailing 4-3, as he threw in a couple of ill-timed double-faults to hand Berdych another simple break.
The number 12 seed needed no second invitation and served out in calm fashion - the victory confirmed as Djokovic crashed a wild forehand well wide.