Tennis world best Novak Djokovic has beaten Tomas Berdych in straight sets by 6-3, 6-3 to set up a meet against Belgian David Goffin in the semi-finals.
The top seed of the tournament, Djokovic’s quarter finals win would extend his winning streak against the Czech national to 10. The Serb had also not drop a single set since the start of the tournament.
Djokovic broke early in both sets, as Berdych followed a woeful smash with a double fault in the second. Alarm bells rang when Djokovic called for the trainer for back treatment, but the recent Australian Open winner merely resumed his dominant form to seal victory with another service break.
“I was trying to find the rhythm on the serve,” he said. “Evidently we both struggled with that.
“The swirly conditions on the court were quite tough. Once you toss the ball you can’t predict where it’s going to end up. That’s why I had a little bit of a spasm in the back but Paul from the ATP did a great job.”
Meanwhile, world No15 David Goffin had to recover from a slow start to beat France’s Gilles Simon 3-6, 6-2, 6-1.
But as it stands, Djokovic’s dominant form in all competitions could very well elevate him for the Indian Wells-Miami double.