Djokovic calls it quits against Berdych

Novak Djokovic sensationally retired hurt from his quarter-final clash against Tomas Berdych on Wednesday, sending the Czech through to the semi-finals.

The Serb appeared to come into the match with a sore elbow, as it soon became clear he was not able to serve at his usual pace.

After dropping the first set, Djokovic called for the trainer to receive treatment. He returned to court looking forlorn, and when Berdych broke soon after, a shake of the head from the former World No 1 confirmed the match was over. 

It was a huge win for Berdych, though it certainly did not come in the way he expected.

To Djokovic's credit, he fought bravely in the first set, only narrowly losing it in a tie-break. There were no breaks of serve, and no break points on offer, with both players doing enough on serve to keep the other at bay.

But with Djokovic struggling, Berdych had enough gas to take the set, a series of booming serves helping him along the way. 

It was at this point that Djokovic called out the trainer, who did his best to offer some assistance with some furious massaging. 

Djokovic decided to play on, but it was clear he was longer a force. Berdych won his first game service to love, and then immediately broke Djokovic's serve for a 2-0 lead, leading the Serb to call it quits.

After the match, Djokovic said he knew he was in bad shape prior to the start of the match.

"I probably spent two, two and a half hours on the [treatment] table," he said.

“It is not the shoulder, it is the elbow that keeps bothering me for over a year and a half.

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“It is unfortunate that I had to finish Wimbledon Grand Slam in this way. If someone feels bad it is me.

“I tried. From yesterday I tried to get it in the condition where I could play.

“I could play with pain that was bearable for 30 minutes, but the serve and the forehand were shots where I could feel it the most and there was no sense (to continue).”

As for Berdych, he moves on to face Roger Federer for a place in the Wimbledon final.

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