Novak Djokovic defeated Tomas Berdych in straight sets to make yet another semi final although the 7-6 6-4 6-3 scoreline could well have been much closer had Berdych took his chances in key moments. An outstanding set of tennis was decided by a tie break and Berdych will be disappointed not have taken it, given he was a minibreak up at *4-3. However, he would go on to lose 4 of the next 5 points to drop the set, with a loose forehand wide a disappointing way to end it.
It seemed like the momentum was with Djokovic having taken the first but Berdych sped into a 3-0 lead with two breaks of serve. However, it quickly went away as Berdych wilted under the pressure of holding a dominant position in the set. Easy Djokovic holds became more and more common and when Berdych had to serve to stay in the second set, the outcome seemed almost obvious. Forehand errors became more common and another gave Djokovic two set points. The first was saved but the second was dumped into the net from close range as Berdych approached the net.
A double fault gifted Djokovic the break and that was it for Berdych. The top seed showed no sign of nerves unlike his last match and served out to love to make it 15 out of 15 sets this tournament.
He will play Juan Martin Del Potro after the Argentinian shocked David Ferrer in straight sets 6-2 6-4 7-6. A fall in the opening game left his participation in doubt with worries that he had further injured his knee. However, the Argentinian put on an excellent display to erase the bad memories of his thrashing by the same opponent at Wimbledon last year. He troubled the Ferrer serve on a regular occasion and broke twice on his way to taking the first but would have to save break points on his own serve before doing so for 6-2.
Both players remained solid in the second and a solitary break decided things. At 4-4, a forehand error gave Del Potro break point and he would convert after another forehand had too much for Ferrer who could only net it. Ferrer could not make any inroads into the Del Potro serve and would have to settle for a tiebreak in the third. Despite getting to *4-4 from 1-4* down, the Spaniard could not take advantage in a tiebreak full of service points lost. Del Potro closed out the match in three sets, taking tie break 7-5 with a forehand down the line winner ending the match in style.
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