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Berdych to face Djokovic in semifinal


Last Edited: June 30, 2010, 11:21 am

Updated: June 30, 2010, 11:16 AM ET

Berdych to face Djokovic in semifinal

ESPN.com news services


WIMBLEDON, England -- Tomas Berdych upset six-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer in the quarterfinals Wednesday 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4.

 Berdych, the No. 12 seed, advances to his first Wimbledon semifinal, where he will face Novak Djokovic.

It's the first time since 2002 that Federer has failed to reach the final. He had been bidding for a record-tying seventh Wimbledon title. 

Djokovic reached his second Wimbledon semifinal by beating unseeded Lu Yen-Hsun 6-3, 6-2, 6-2.

Djokovic lost just 12 points in 13 service games. He won 26 of his first 28 service points, including 15 in a row. The Serb had 29 winners and 17 unforced errors, and converted five of 15 break points.

"Nothing is easy these days, especially at this stage of the tournament," Djokovic said. "But the way I played, I deserved to win. I was hitting all the shots and I was really playing very solid from all parts of the court. I'm very, very happy with the performance today."

Djokovic reached the semifinals here in 2007 but had to retire against Rafael Nadal with a foot injury while trailing in the third set.

"This time physically I'm fitter," Djokovic said. "Those were very strange conditions and circumstances. I had to play three very long matches in three days and couldn't hold on in the semifinal. This time everything is in order and I'll give my best."

Lu, ranked No. 82 in the world, upset Andy Roddick to become a Grand Slam quarterfinalist for the first time. In other matches, No. 2 Nadal played No. 6 Robin Soderling, and No. 4 Andy Murray faced Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Murray is aiming to become Britain's first male champion at Wimbledon since 1936.

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PeacefulManComment by PeacefulMan - July 1, 2010, 7:24 am
I heard Berdych's interview and he said that Federer's back and leg issue was an excuse for the match, but that all of they play with injuries from time to time. Either way, I'm glad The Federer is out of the tournament and Nadal may pick up more hardware.
~ Peace ~

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