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ONE OF THE BEST ATP WORLD TOUR MATCHES OF THE YEAR
Tomas Berdych def. Janko Tipsarevic, ATP World Tour Finals London, Wednesday, 23 November, 2011
BEST ATP WORLD TOUR MATCHES OF THE YEAR
by ATP Staff | 12.12.2011
ATPWorldTour.com reviews the Top 5 ATP World Tour matches of the year
1. Novak Djokovic d. Roger Federer, 6-7(7), 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 7-5, US Open SF 2. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga d. Roger Federer, 3-6, 6-7(3), 6-4, 6-4, 6-4, Wimbledon QF 3. Tomas Berdych d. Janko Tipsarevic, 2-6, 6-3, 7-6(6), Barclays ATP World Tour Finals Round Robin 4. Andy Roddick d. Milos Raonic, 7-6(7), 6-7(11), 7-5, Memphis Final 5. Richard Gasquet d. Roger Federer, 4-6, 7-6(2), 7-6(4), Rome 3rd RD
Tomas Berdych d. Janko Tipsarevic, 2-6, 6-3, 7-6(6), Barclays ATP World Tour Finals Round Robin
Tomas Berdych had lost a heartbreaker in his first round robin match at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. Holding match point against World No. 1 Novak Djokovic at 6-5 in the third set, the Czech mis-timed a forehand, then committed a slew of unforced errors in the tie-break to see victory slip from his grasp.
Two days later, the effects of that loss appeared to haunt Berdych when he stepped back out on court against another Serbian, Janko Tipsarevic, who had entered the line-up as a late replacement for British No. 1 Andy Murray. Berdych dropped two of his first three services games and committed a total of 11 unforced errors in the opening set, including seven on his forehand.
The Czech would not stay down for long. Adopting aggressive tactics, he drew level with a single break of serve in the second set, then denied Tipsarevic an opportunity to pull ahead in the third set as he came to the net to save break point in the fourth game.
Berdych held to love to send the match to a decisive tie-break and gained the first mini-break to go up 5-3, but with the match on his racquet at 5-4, he lost his two service points with forehand errors to bring up match point for Tipsarevic. The Serbian also faltered on his next two points, first directing a backhand volley long, then double-faulting to find himself match point down. Tipsarevic could only watch as Berdych sealed the victory with a forehand winner, as he slipped to the court after returning serve and slipped once again as he attempted to get up.
"One point. That's the best [thing] about tennis, that its not over until the last ball [has] bounced twice or is in the net," said Berdych, reflecting on the symmetry of his loss and win. "I think thats really nice about sports. That's what I like. I was a bit unlucky on Monday. I got luckier here."
Tipsarevic, who looked to have seriously hurt his ankle on match point, made a remarkable recovery to upset his countryman Djokovic two days later.