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Last Updated: Wednesday, 6 June 2007, 12:27 GMT 13:27 UK
Djokovic charges into maiden semi
Novak Djokovic
Djokovic is the third Serb to reach the singles semi-finals in Paris
Sixth seed Novak Djokovic produced a mature performance against Igor Andreev at the French Open to reach his first Grand Slam semi-final.

Djokovic dropped serve in the opening game but was in control thereafter as he won 6-3 6-3 6-3.

The 20-year-old is the third Serb to reach the singles semi-finals in Paris after Jelena Jankovic and Ana Ivanovic.

Djokovic will meet Rafael Nadal in the last four after the defending champion defeated Carlos Moya.

The sixth seed is only the second Serbian man to reach a Grand Slam singles semi-final after Slobodan Zivojinovic, who made the last four at the 1985 Australian Open and Wimbledon in 1986.

The score doesn't show the right picture about the match

Novak Djokovic

Djokovic's compatriot Nenad Zimonjic made it another memorable day for Serbia when he reached the final of the mixed doubles with Katerina Srebotnik

Zimonjic is also in the men's doubles semi-finals with Fabrice Santoro.

"I'm really happy," said Djokovic. "Everything that happened in the last year or two is just phenomenal for such a small country.

"We've been through a lot of difficulties and problems as a country in the last 15, 20 years, so now it is something positive going on."

Djokovic said he had to work hard before defeating Andreev for the second time on clay this year.

"The score doesn't show the right picture about the match. He was not easy to play. He's the kind of player that makes you work for the points," he said.

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"I knew he could be very dangerous. He's a specialist on clay and beat Roddick. It was his first quarter-final and he had nothing to lose."

"But I played really well. I wanted to impose my style of play. It's a sport where things can change very quickly."

Andreev, who has dropped to 125th in the world after missing six months last season following knee surgery, paid tribute to the Serb.

"He does everything good. He's defending well. He's serving well on important points. He's a strong guy," he said.

"Because it was my first experience in a Grand Slam and first time I won four matches in a row it takes a lot physically and mentally.

"And especially for me since I hadn't played for a long time, it's maybe even harder," he explained.

Andreev, who beat third seed Andy Roddick in the opening round, failed to make an impact in his first Grand Slam quarter-final, converting just one of his six break points with Djokovic converting five of his ten.

The Serb got off to a slow start by losing his opening service game before hitting back immediately with a break and gaining the upper hand with a second in the eighth game as 23-year-old Andreev hit long.

The Russian was broken in the first game of the second set as Djokovic opened up a comfortable 4-2 advantage, taking the set in 41 minutes with a further break in the ninth game.

Djokovic saved a break point in the opening game of the third set, fooling his opponent with a cross court backhand which had the Russian scurrying in the wrong direction.

From then on he dominated, playing some superb tennis to seal the win on his first match point.



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