Wimbledon 2013: Djokovic relieved to get past Berdych and reach semis
Wimbledon 2013: World number one Novak Djokovic expresses relief to get past Tomas Berdych in straight sets and reach last four
Novak Djokovic admitted Tomas Berdych provided the Serbian with his toughest test at Wimbledon after a 7-6 (5) 6-4 6-3 quarter-final victory.
The world number one squandered four break points in the first set, and was broken twice in the second, before clawing himself back into the match in breath-taking style to claim the win against the SW19 seventh seed.
And the Serb said that coming back from the shock of being two breaks down to win the second set gave him the belief he needed to secure his place in the semi-finals.
“It was a huge confidence boost obviously being two sets up,” said the 26-year-old Serb. “I could feel that, you know, he was frustrated in the third set.
“That was my opportunity, so I capitalized when I needed to. He missed a few easy shots, especially on the second set set point. I don’t know how I managed to turn the second set around.
“But generally it was a very close match, and that’s what I expected. Tomas is a very powerful player. As you could see, we went toe to toe in the first set and one shot decided a first set winner.”
Djokovic’s win sets up a semi-final against the powerful Juan Martin del Potro, in a rematch of the 2012 Olympic Games Bronze medal play-off.
And despite being the favourite for the Championship title, the first seed said that he will be taking nothing for granted against the 2009 US Open winner.
“I lost to him [Del Potro] for the bronze medal here, and it was a close match. DelPo is a great player and I have a great respect for him. He’s a Grand Slam winner,” he added.
“Yes he has struggled with injuries in last few years, but every time he comes back he comes back very strong because he just has this talent, you know, and qualities as a player.
“He’s very tall, so he uses that serve as a powerful weapon, and of course forehand, that is his signature shot.
“You know, it’s the semi-finals, so everything is open, on the table, and we both want to win.”