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Tomas Berdych produced a fantastic comeback against Djokovic to set up an Internazionali BNL d’Italia semi-final against reigning champion Rafa Nadal.
Sixth-seeded Berdyh made it to the Rome Masters 2013 semis after winning a three-set thriller against the World no. 1 Novak Djokovic. The top seed Serb was a dominant figure in the opener where his serve remained intact, whilst he broke his Czech rival a couple of times to move one set ahead.
The second set was going smoothly for the last year’s finalist as well as he created a break point at 3-2 and converted it with a touch of luck as the ball bounced off the top of the net and landed in Berdych’s side of the court – Nole confirmed the break to go 5-2 up after hitting a forehand winner. The Czech then held to love and generated his first break ball when Djokovic was serving for the semis and tucked it away with an accurate down-the-line backhand – it was 5-4. His confidence was growing immensely and he left Djokovic practically no chances in the remaining three games of the set which he closed out with a forehand winner.
The top seed finally held in the opening game of the decider to break his opponent’s five straight games run. However, he was broken again in the third game and Berdych managed to move 3-1 ahead after averting a break ball in the follow-up service game. He faced no more break points later in the set and he was in possession of a triple match ball at 5-4. Nole defended all three of them, yet the Czech stayed mentally strong enough to create another one and wrap up the match with his ninth ace of the day. End score: 2-6, 7-5, 6-4.
Fifth-seeded defending champ Nadal also had to play three sets to defeat his compatriot David Ferrer. The first one was decided in the fifth game when converted his only break point of the set, whilst he saved all six of them he was facing in that part of the game – he served the opener out with a set ball number one. In the second set the king of clay fell 4-0 behind, yet he bounced back and annulled his fourth-seeded rival’s double break lead by 5-4. However, he failed to hold the follow-up service game and allowed Ferrer to force a decider. The king of clay took the initiative in the final set, escaped to 5-1 and secured his semifinal spot a couple of games later. He won with 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 and is now has a 19-4 head-to-head score against Ferrer.