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).
AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, REUTERS
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