World number one Novak Djokovic displayed an imperious form as he brushed aside eighth-seeded Leonardo Mayer in straight sets to sail into the semifinals of the Qatar Open in Doha.
The Serbian survived a second set challenge and bounce back to claim a 6-3, 7-5 win over the Argentine in a thrilling quarterfinal clash.
Reflecting on his performance, Djokovic said he played well in the first set, adding that Mayer had shown brilliant efforts in the second set.
The 28-year-old will now face Tomas Berdych, who has also made it to the semifinals by sweeping aside Britain’s Kyle Edmund 6-3, 6-2.
Earlier, second-seed Rafael Nadal had advanced to the semifinals after beating Andrey Kuznetsov of Russia 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 in the quarterfinals.