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Tennis: Djokovic sets up another tilt at career slam in Paris

Published on Jun 6, 2014 11:30 PM
Serbia's Novak Djokovic celebrates after winning his French Open semi-final match against Latvia's Ernests Gulbis at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris on June 6, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP 

PARIS (REUTERS) - Novak Djokovic eventually wore down mercurial Latvian Ernests Gulbis 6-3, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 in tennis' French Open semi-finals on Friday but only after suffering a sudden loss of form in the process.

The Serbian world No. 2 was cruising at two sets ahead but his level dipped suddenly, allowing Gulbis to make a real match of it before he managed to finish the job and remain on course for the only Grand Slam title to elude him.

Djokovic was overpowered by Gulbis in the third set and seemed to be lacking energy but some errors by his opponent in the fourth spared him being dragged into a decider.

The No. 2 seed displayed ice cool efficiency in the first two sets, more consistent from the baseline and clinical when the chances arose in the pair's first match since 2011.

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