Novak Djokovic risked disqualification in the third set after bouncing his racket on the ground
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Novak Djokovic made light work of his heavy schedule to reach the semi-finals of the French Open for the sixth year in a row.
Not even Rafael Nadal had done that but, while the Spaniard’s trophy collection includes nine from Roland Garros, Djokovic is still searching for his first.
To change that, he will have to play five times in six days after the rain on Monday and Tuesday badly affected the top half of both the women’s and men’s draws.
But Djokovic should have plenty of energy left after easing past seventh seed Tomas Berdych 6-3 7-5 6-3.
The biggest danger of elimination for the world number one was self inflicted. Djokovic admitted he was lucky to still be in the tournament after dicing with disqualification.
After missing a break point early in the third set, Djokovic bounced his racket angrily on the ground and then looked round in horror as it flew towards a line judge. The official dodged out of the way and the racket hit the back fence.
Djokovic was full of apologies and knew things could have ended differently – he explained afterwards: “It’s obvious what I tried to do. I threw a racket on the ground and it slipped and almost hit the line umpire. I was lucky there. That’s all.”
In the Rome Masters final last month, Djokovic did a similar thing and his racket bounced into the crowd.
The Serbian added: “I am aware that I have been lucky, and I apologised to people that have been in this particular situation with me and that could have been hurt by my racket.
“But it was never the intention. It was just an unfortunate bounce, but a fortunate ending of that scenario. That’s all I can say.”