LONDON, ENGLAND, UK (JULY 3, 2013) (AELTC) - World number one Novak Djokovic was delighted with his quarter final performance at Wimbledon against Tomas Berdych, but Andy Murray admitted in previous years he may well have lost against Fernando Verdasco.
Djokovic was given all he could handle on Wednesday (July 3) in the first set which he won on a tiebreak, and then found himself two breaks down against the hard-hitting Czech in the second.
But he made the semi finals with a 7-6, 6-4, 6-3 win.
"We went toe to toe in the first set and one shot decided a first set winner," he said. "And that was important for me to get a set advantage, even though I started poorly in the second I still felt quite good on the court and just really glad to go in three."
Murray found himself two sets down against left-handed Verdasco, but come back to win 4-6, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4, 7-5.
"When I was younger I could have lost that match but I think I have learned how to come back from tough situations more as I have got older," he said.
His opponent had a memorable tournament, playing far above his mid 50s ranking, but said the manner of his defeat had left him flat.
"Obviously right now even if I played a great match I can't be really happy, you know," he said.
Murray's semi final opponent will be Poland's Jerzy Janowicz, who was a huge outsider at the start of the tournament but is now on the verge of making the final after a straight sets win over compatriot Lukasz Kubot.
"Well right now I am the most happy person in the world," he said. "I have made the semi final of a Grand Slam, my best result ever."
And admitted he thought his tournament could have been over before coming through in straight sets 6-2, 6-4, 7-6.
"I think I was close to retire but to be honest I don't want to retire in the quarters for the first time in Wimbledon against David Ferrer."