Tennis: Djokovic makes it 20 wins in a row

 Djokovic returns the ball.
Djokovic returns the ball.AFP

PARIS (AFP) - 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.

The straight sets victory also meant that he has now won 28 sets in a row - the best run of his career - dating back to the US Open final in early September.

But he had a battle on his hands against fifth-seeded Berdych, a winner in Paris 10 years ago when he was just 20.

Despite having lost all 16 of their previous hardcourt matchups, the towering Czech had the better of the first set behind a powerful display of serving and forehand blockbusters.

He kept his nose in front and his chance came with a set point at 6-5 up only for Djokovic to produce 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 despite Berdych having another set point.

Djokovic will play the winner of the remaining quarter-final opposing Rafael Nadal and Stan Wawrinka for a place in Sunday's final.