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."
In the second early men's quarter-final, Frenchman Benoit Paire wasted no time dispatching Spain's Marcel Granollers 6-1 6-0.