Djokovic 'committed to go far' after cruising to another victory
Kenya at 50: has it now achieved independence? TOP GUN: Novak Djokovic of Serbia hits a return to Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic during their men’s quarterfinal tennis match at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London on Wednesday. LONDON — World No1 Novak Djokovic reached his 13th consecutive Grand Slam semifinal on Wednesday with a 7-6 (7/5) 6-4 6-3 win over seventh seed Tomas Berdych in the Wimbledon quarterfinals.
Wednesday’s win was Djokovic’s 14th in 16 career meetings with the Czech Republic’s Berdych as he romped to victory despite having slipped to a double-break down at 0-3 in the second set. I had a few break points in the opening game but didn’t manage to take them.
The set was decided by just one mistake in the tie-break," said Djokovic, who fired 16 aces and 36 winners. "It was a close match, it could have gone either way.
He was a double-break up in the second set. "I have a commitment to go far in this tournament.
I am playing some of my best tennis on grass, even though it’s not my preferred surface," added the Serb, who holds six Grand Slam titles. Top seed Djokovic, in his 17th consecutive Grand Slam quarterfinal, played the more composed tie-break to take the opening set, much to the delight of compatriot and Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic, who was watching from his box.
In the entire first set, Djokovic gave up just two unforced errors. Berdych, who beat Djokovic in the semifinals in 2010 when he finished runner-up to champion Rafael Nadal, quickly regathered his composure, carving out back-to-back breaks for 3-0 in the second set.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at Business Day