Djokovic reaches semis

Serbia's Novak Djokovic returns the ball to Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka during their semi-final tennis match at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 indoor tennis tournament in Paris on Nov 7, 2015.
Serbia's Novak Djokovic returns the ball to Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka during their semi-final tennis match at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 indoor tennis tournament in Paris on Nov 7, 2015.PHOTO: AFP

PARIS • Novak Djokovic extended his win streak to 20 at the Paris Masters on Friday, defeating Tomas Berdych 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (10-8) to reach the semi-finals. But Rafael Nadal lost to Stan Wawrinka.

World No. 1 Djokovic has now won 28 sets in a row, dating back to the US Open final in September.

But he had a battle on his hands against Berdych. Neither player could manage a break of serve, the first time that has happened to Djokovic in 680 career wins.

"It was decided in tiebreaks two times, and very few points decided a winner today," said Djokovic.

Berdych had the better of the first set and his chance came with a set point at 6-5 up.

But Djokovic produced a big first serve and a forehand winner off the blocked return.

The tie-break, however, was dominated by the Serb winning four of the first five points to take control. Serves again dominated in the second set with both men holding firm to bring up a second straight tie-break which Djokovic edged 10-8.

Djokovic was yesterday set to play Wawrinka, who ended a tense encounter with Nadal by saving two set points in the second set, winning 7-6 (10-8), 7-6 (9-7).

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