Updated on 06/02/2016 at 09:29

The world number 1 Novak Djokovic qualified this Thursday for the semifinals of Roland Garros beating Czech Tomas Berdych in three sets (6-3, 7-5 and 6-3), and will play for a place in the final with Austrian Dominic Thiem, who beat Belgian David Goffin.

Novak Djokovic, 29, dominated all facets of the game against a tennis player with whom his balance is now 24 wins and 2 losses, including a series of 11 consecutive wins.

With his new victory, the Serbian reaches his 30th Grand Slam semifinal, for a total of 11 wins. In Paris he will play the penultimate round for the eighth time, the sixth in a row.

Novak Djokovic He had a difficult time in the second game of the third set. Frustrated at missing a break point, he slammed his racket onto the center court floor. He then apologized to the chair judge Eva Asderaki Moore.

« The quarterfinals of a Grand Slam are always a difficult game to play tactically, » said the three-time finalist in Paris, where he is seeking the crown to complete his Grand Slam collection.

In cold and humid conditions for this time (about 12º degrees), Novak Djokovic He managed breaks in the seventh and in the ninth game to score the first set. The second channeled it when it was 4-2.

The two players traded breaks in the first two games of the third heat. Then the referees decided to suspend the game for a few minutes due to the rain.

Then it was Tomas Berdych who got angry. « It is a circus, a great circus, » shouted the Czech. On the resume, Novak Djokovic broke the service, stood 4-3 and scored the game.

At the same time Dominic Thiem (N.13), one of the stars of the future, proved that his tennis is a reality and won with authority to David Goffin (N.12); 4-6, 7-6 (9/7), 6-4 and 6-1.

It will be his first Grand Slam semifinal. « The first two sets were very good tennis. Neither is easy with these conditions, but I’m happy, » said the Austrian.

(AP)

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