Berdych stuns Djokovic in Italy
Published 17/05/2013 | 16:31
Tomas Berdych staged a stunning comeback to knock top seed and world number one Novak Djokovic out of the Internazionali d'Italia at the quarter-final stage.
The Czech world number six rallied from 2-6 2-5 down to pull off a battling 2-6 7-5 6-4 win in two hours and 22 minutes.
It was Berdych's first win over Djokovic since the 2010 Wimbledon semi-final, and only his second in 15 attempts.
"I lost concentration and started to play more defensively," the Serbian said on the ATP website.
"(I played) a bad game at 5-3 and I made some unforced errors. At this level you have to take advantage of the opportunities and I lost this game by myself."
Berdych was just delighted to have broken his hoodoo against the world's top player.
"One day you have to break (the run) and I am happy that it was today," he said.
"It was a great game and I am happy. I was trying to stay positive from the beginning. He didn't give me a single chance.
"I was trying to stay there and there are matches when you don't get a single chance, but then if you get one then you are ready. Then everything could turn the other way and this is what happened."
Women's world number one Serena Williams had no such problems as she breezed into the last four in just 56 minutes with a 6-2 6-0 win over Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain.
Next up for Williams will be Romanian qualifier Simona Halep, who continued her fine run with a gutsy 4-6 6-0 7-5 win over Serbia's Jelena Jankovic.
In the second early men's quarter-final, Frenchman Benoit Paire wasted no time dispatching Spain's Marcel Granollers 6-1 6-0.