Wimbledon - Djokovic powers into semi-finals
An inspired Novak Djokovic eased into his second Wimbledon semi-final, comfortably outclassing Taiwanese giant-killer Lu Yen-hsun 6-3 6-2 6-2.
In peak form, Djokovic cannot wait for the chance to take on Czech Tomas Berdych who created the shock of the tournament by knocking out six-times champion Roger Federer.
"If I perform as well as I did today, I think I have a good chance," said the 23-year-old Serb, oozing confidence.
"I would give everything to play finals at Wimbledon," the number three seed said. But he was quick to say: "All credit to Berdych, he played a good match."
Djokovic never gave the slightest chance to world number 82 Lu, who had knocked out three-times Wimbledon finalist Andy Roddick but could not mount an effective challenge this time.
"The way I have played, I deserved to win," the Serb said.
Djokovic's much improved serve paid rich dividends in the first set when he broke Lu in the sixth game and asserted his early dominance.
One fan in the crowd on a sun-baked Court Number One was moved to shout out "You're a genius, Novak" after one superb cross-court passing shot. He was superb at the net too, in imperious form throughout.
Djokovic upped his game another gear in the second set and Lu's shoulders slumped. He looked in vain to the skies for inspiration from his late father as he had done in the match against Roddick.
The best efforts of flag-waving Taiwanese fans could not raise the spirits of the first Asian to reach a grand slam quarter-final since Japan's Shuzo Matsuoka 15 years ago at Wimbledon.
The Taiwanese chicken farmer's son was speedily broken in the third set by Djokovic, who in his only other Wimbledon semi-final against Rafael Nadal in 2007 had to retire with a foot injury.
"It was a much different situation back then. I was less experienced but yet I wasn't as fit as I am today... This time I am ready mentally and physically," said Djokovic.
"I sincerely hope to continue with this level of my game."