Novak Djokovic has hailed Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic as his lucky charm at Wimbledon.
The Serbian tennis superstar invited his compatriot to SW19 for yesterday’s quarter-final clash against Tomas Berdych on Court Number One, and duly dispatched the Czech number seven seed to reach the last four.
Now Djokovic is hoping to get Vidic back in his corner for Friday’s encounter against Juan Martin Del Potro, as the world number one looks to lift the trophy for the second time in west London.
"He's a lucky charm. I'll make sure he's there (for the semi-final). We wanted to invite Nemanja because he's one of the most successful and most recognised Serbian people in the world,” Djokovic told the press after his victory.
"He accepted that, and he said he would be here in these days. I was very much delighted to see him in our box today and watching the match and supporting me.
"It's the first time he actually came to watch me. I've watched him before in the national team a few times. We met briefly. He plays for one of the best teams in the world. I was just very happy to see him there in the stands and supporting me."
Djokovic was certainly pushed hard in front of the Red Devils centre back, winning a tight first set tie-break and coming back from 3-0 down in the second to claim a straight sets victory.
It might just be the test the 2011 champion needed going into the final stages of the tournament, and the 26-year-old was happy to come through relatively unscathed.
"It was a very close match, it could have gone either way. He could have won the first two sets, he had a double break in the second,” he added.
"I don't know how I managed to go ahead, I don't know how I turned it around. I am really happy with the performance. I am playing some of the best tennis on grass of my career.
"Tomas is a very powerful player. As you could see, we went toe to toe in the first set. It was a huge confidence boost to come back and go two sets up."
Vidic wasn’t the only Manchester United man in the crowd on Wednesday, with Vidic joining Sir Alex Ferguson on Centre Court after the Djokovic match.