Djokovic claims 20th straight win to reach semis
By Julien Pretot
PARIS (Reuters) - Novak Djokovic beat Tomas Berdych 7-6 (3) 7-6 (8) in the quarter-finals of the Paris Masters on Friday to claim his 20th consecutive win and stay on course for an unprecedented third title in a row at the event.
Both players conceded only one break point as all games went to serve and the world number one prevailed on his second match point to set up a semi-final meeting with fourth seed Stan Wawrinka or 14-times grand slam champion Rafa Nadal.
A day after his serve was less than perfect against Gilles Simon, Djokovic was extremely accurate with his delivery and played better on the key points to see off Czech Berdych, the 2005 champion.
The Serb now has a 20-2 win-loss record against Berdych who has been beaten in all their 16 matches on a hard court.
Earlier, Andy Murray reached the last four for the first time when he saw off local favourite Richard Gasquet 7-6 (7) 3-6 6-3.
The world number three allowed the French 10th seed to come back into the contest when he was let down by his first serve in the second set but regained his momentum.
Murray next plays Spain's David Ferrer who downed big- serving John Isner 6-3 6-7 (6) 6-2, with the American finishing the match exhausted.
Briton Murray got off to a strong start, breaking in the second game on his way to a 3-0 lead. Continued...