|Posted on January 22, 2013 at 7:30 PM|
H2H Novak Djokovic vs Tomas Berdych
Order of Play – Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Rod Laver Arena – Matches Start At: 11:00 am
Women's Singles - Quarterfinals
Na Li (CHN)  vs Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) 
Men's Singles - Quarterfinals
David Ferrer (ESP)  vs Nicolas Almagro (ESP) 
Not Before 3:30 pm
Women's Singles - Quarterfinals
Ekaterina Makarova (RUS)  vs Maria Sharapova (RUS) 
Night session 7:30 PM Start Time
Men's Singles - Quarterfinals
Novak Djokovic (SRB)  vs Tomas Berdych (CZE) 
Mixed Doubles - 2nd Round
Jarmila Gajdosova /Matthew Ebden (AUS) vs Elena Vesnina (RUS) /Leander Paes (IND) 
Tomas Berdych lost to Novak Djokovic - took him a set
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TV Captures from TSR2 Swiss TV
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Tomas Berdych not strong enough for Novak Djokovic
Djoke's on Berd
Tuesday, 22 January, 2013
By Alexandra Willis (Australian Open official website)
It was the battle of the high street fashion brands. Novak Djokovic in Uniqlo taking on Tomas Berdych in H&M.
But the shared ethos behind the top seed and fifth seed’s clothing was about all there was in common between Djokovic and Berdych on Tuesday night, with the defending champion progressing to his 11th consecutive Grand Slam semifinal with a 6-1 4-6 6-1 6-4 victory.
Djokovic, who had less than 48 hours to recover from his five hour and two minute survival against Stanislas Wawrinka, practically sprinted through the early exchanges on Rod Laver Arena, breaking the big Berdych serve three times to win the first set in just 28 minutes.
“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,” Djokovic said.
“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.
“I tried to get the work done as fast and efficient as possible,” Djokovic said.
“I was very happy with the way I started the match.”
But Berdych, a 2012 Davis Cup champion, did not upset Roger Federer at Wimbledon in 2010 by fluke.
Taking advantage of a lull in Djokovic’s energy, the Czech fashioned a break of his own, and even had two points for a double break and a 4-1 lead in the second set. The Serb staved them off, and, as Berdych served for the set at 5-3, Djokovic threatened to do just what he had done against Wawrinka and snatch it from under the Czech’s white cap.
Turning defence into attack in the manner for which he has become so revered, Djokovic made life distinctly uncomfortable for the fifth seed, but Berdych clung on.
Losing the second set was like putting a booster in Djokovic’s engine. The No.1 seed, in no mood to hang about, roared into a 5-0 lead in the third set, and, despite one of the rallies of the match, served it out by the same scoreline as the first.
“One set was not enough,” said Berdych despondently. “I didn’t quite come up with my best game and that’s what was deciding today. I was not able to be aggressive enough.”
With his eye firmly on bedtime by midnight, Djokovic forced the Berdych errors on forehand and backhand to break in the third game of the fourth set, and didn’t let go.
The Czech saved three match points, Djokovic missing two backhands and Berdych finding a forehand winner, but it was immaterial in the end. Sending his 10th ace down the T, the three-time champion raised his arms to the Melbourne sky in a less emphatic display of celebration than his shirt-ripping on Sunday.
With the win, not only does Djokovic keep alive his dream of becoming the first man to win three successive titles at Melbourne Park, 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.
He certainly played like the top dog tonight.
Tomas Berdych's physio José Félix Gonzalez and girlfriend Ester Satorova watch his men's singles quarter-final match against Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne January 22, 2013.
Ester Satorova and José-Félix Gonzalez
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Tuesday, 22 January, 2013
Q. It seemed like the second set was obviously a lot better for you than the other three. What do you think made the difference in that one?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, I mean, we don't play for one set. One set was not enough.
Well, I mean, the only thing I can say that I played him many matches. Actually, yeah, I seen him play, you know, way better. He's play really good today. But the matches before he play much, much better.
It was quite kind of a chance for me, but I didn't come up with my best game and that's what was deciding today.
Q. Is your back bothering you again?
TOMAS BERDYCH: No. I mean, it's just daily problems that basically every tennis player has.
Q. After last year, you no doubt were prepared for Novak to be in pretty decent physical shape, but were you surprised how well he physically bounced back from that very long match that he had less than two days ago?
TOMAS BERDYCH: No. I just said if Stan would be the one who win, you know, then we can see. I would say for Stan we would probably see it would affect him. But definitely not for Novak. I mean, he's probably the fittest guy on tour right now.
As I said, you know, I seen him play really much better. But it's not nothing that I'm saying something against him. I mean, it's just all the credit that he was able to get from that. He just show how fit he is, yeah.
Q. All players say he's the fittest. But how different is that from the beginning of his career?
TOMAS BERDYCH: What? Every single player is improving. That's what he's doing. I'm trying to do the same. That's how it is.
Q. Did he not allow you to play your game?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, I mean, I was really, especially in the beginning, quite not hitting the clean balls, you know. That's very big problem because the ball doesn't have a speed, it's not long enough, then it was quite easy for him.
That was basically the problem. I was not able to, you know, be aggressive enough. That's it. So, yeah, probably.
Q. Stepanek said if you want to beat Novak Djokovic at a Grand Slam, you need to play special. Do you think you played an extra special game tonight?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Me?
TOMAS BERDYCH: I didn't beat him.
Q. Was it 100% or 110%?
TOMAS BERDYCH: It was like 75 maybe. If it would be more, then we're answering your question. If you bring something extra, then you have a chance to beat him. What was the score?
Q. In four sets.
TOMAS BERDYCH: And who won?
TOMAS BERDYCH: So there's the answer. I mean, I cannot say anything else. You just ask and answer yourself, so that's how it is. What do you want me to say on that?
Q. What is your schedule before Indian Wells?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Where is that? It's quite far.
Q. It's March.
TOMAS BERDYCH: So I play Davis Cup, then I have other tournaments, Montpellier, Marseille, Dubai. There's still lots to play.
Q. Are you still going to play as much Davis Cup?
TOMAS BERDYCH: I'm playing the first round and that's all what it is so far. Let's see what's going to be in the future. But I go one by one.
Q. Is Novak going to win this, in your opinion?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, I mean, I think, yeah, he's going to really appreciate those two days when he's going to get now to get rest and get really the comfort what he needs, and then he's going to be very strong again.
It could happen anything. Even to play David, it's very tough one. It's the semifinal, so you cannot find easy opponents at all.
It's hard to say. It's hard to guess. On the other side, there are another great players as well. Basically I'm not good in guessing the winner, so let's see.
Q. You would probably make more money if you did betting.
TOMAS BERDYCH: We'll stay with the tennis.
Q. Davis Cup was a huge success for the Czech Republic. Do you think playing against Switzerland, away match, without Roger Federer, will that be a bit of an advantage for you or not?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Of course. It's a big difference to playing Swiss team without Roger. We don't even have to talk about him. It's really big help even that we play outside.
But the other hand, me and Radek are fit, going to be in the team again. That's the strongest what we have. We will try to make the first round because it's always really tough after be that successful, it's very close time in between winning and then playing the first round.
That's our goal, to try to not to play down, try to win in Switzerland.