Berdych Stuns Djokovic; Nadal Reaches Semis in Rome

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Berdych Stuns Djokovic; Nadal Reaches Semis in Rome
Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Czech slugger Tomas Berdych came from way behind to upset two-time champion Novak Djokovic, while six-time winner Rafael Nadal pulled out a quarterfinal victory Friday at the $3.475 million Italian Masters tennis event. The sixth-seeded former Wimbledon runner-up Berdych eventually outmuscled the world No. 1 Djokovic for a stunning 2-6, 7-5, 6-4 decision in 2 hours, 22 minutes on the red clay at Foro Italico. Berdych overcame a 2-6, 2-5 deficit to advance and beat Djokovic for the first time in three years, snapping an 11-match losing streak against the formidable Serb.

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