Novak Djokovic defeated Tomas Berdych 6-1, 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 win over fifth-seeded Tomas Berdych in 2 hours and 31 minutes.
Novak stormed to a one-set lead in just 28 minutes, breaking his opponent in the third, fifth and seventh games.
Berdych made a break in the opening game of the second set, and though Nole had four break points in the tenth game, the Czech served it out 6-4 in 54 minutes. Djokovic rectified the situation quickly on Berdych’s first service game of the third, lofting a lob over the 6-foot-5 Berdych to set up double-break point and lashing a crosscourt forehand to seal the second. The match reverted to form after that as Djokovic scampered and slid-split his way around the court with more of his usual panache and did a better job of reading Berdych’s big but somewhat predictably placed serves. Djokovic was sliding and stretching along the baseline as well as ever, always demanding one more shot from Berdych, and the Czech duly cracked under the pressure with a wayward forehand early in the fourth. Nole gave Berdych another first serve after Tomas was disrupted by a shout from the crowd in game five – winning the three-time champion more favour from the 15,000 spectators. Nole closed out the win with an ace on his fourth match point in a tense final game.
Novak: “I tried to get the work done as fast and efficient as possible. I was very happy with the way I started the match. Very aggressive out there, going for my shots, which wasn’t the case against Wawrinka. So it’s a good improvement and very encouraging for next match,”. “It’s not easy to always be at your 100% fitness. But after a five hour match two days ago against Stan, I was quite convinced I could recover for this one. The team did a great job.” “In the situations where you play a Grand Slam where you have to be ready for five-hour matches, and then of course if you go through those matches you have to be ready to recover in just a day and a half time,”. “I have a great team of people around me that are doing the best they can in their expertise to make me feel ready physically, mentally, emotionally, every match, every challenge.”
With Berdych looking as blank as his new white shirt, there seemed to be no danger that Djokovic would be on the court for even a fraction as long as he was on Sunday night.
With the win, Djokovic keep alive his dream of becoming the first man to win three successive titles at Melbourne Park, and he also ensures that whether he wins or loses to David Ferrer in Thursday’s semifinal, he will remain as the world No.1 when this tournament concludes.
Nole will meet David Ferrer on Thursday at 19.30 local time (09.30 CET) for a place in his fourth final in Melbourne. He said about this match:
“I need to be aggressive on the court, that’s for sure. I need to step in and try to be in control of the match, otherwise he makes his own rhythm, he makes his own pace on the court. That’s where he’s very dangerous. He’s a great competitor. He’s been playing the best tennis of his life in the last 15 months. It’s the semis of a Grand Slam, so I expect a tough match.”
Match Point and Post match interview with Jim Courier