|Posted on October 5, 2014 at 3:15 AM|
BERDYCH SETS DJOKOVIC FINAL IN BEIJING
Tomas Berdych will face Novak Djokovic in the China Open final after defeating Martin Klizan 6-4, 6-1 on Saturday in Beijing.
Berdych will look to overturn a 2-15 FedEx ATP Head2Head record against Djokovic, with his last victory over the World No. 1 coming last year on clay in the Rome quarter-finals.
"It's [going to be a] really special day for me," said Berdych. "Every Sunday that we have to go on court and play, it means a lot because it's a final. Playing against the No. 1 player in the world is always a bit special.
"Novak is playing in incredible form again. He has a great record playing here at the China Open. There is a new challenge, a new day, a new opportunity for me. I'm going to try to go there, try to take my chance and, again, try to play my tennis. Let's see what I can do with that."
The 29-year-old Berdych is looking to win this ATP World Tour 500 title for the second time, having lifted the trophy in 2011 (d. Cilic). It would be the Czech’s second title of the season, following victory in Rotterdam (d. Cilic). He also finished runner-up in Dubai (l. to Federer) and Oeiras (l. to Berlocq).
H2H Tomas Berdych vs Novak Djokovic
CHINA OPEN 2014
DOMINANT DJOKOVIC HAS YEAR-END NO. 1 IN SIGHT AFTER “BEST FINAL IN MY CAREER”
by ATP Staff | 06.10.2014
After perhaps the most astonishing final of his career, can anyone stop Novak Djokovic from ending the year as World No. 1 for a third time?
If you ask Tomas Berdych, the answer would not be in doubt.
“I met somebody in the final who I've never seen before. I was just swept off the court,” said Berdych, who was overcome 6-0, 6-2 in Sunday’s China Open final. The Czech has contested 731 matches in his ATP World Tour career, including 17 previous meetings with Djokovic, but he admits that the sublime Serb was playing on a completely different level on Sunday.
“I just said to my coach now that I probably played over 700 matches in my career…But I have never, ever experienced anything like that.”
The leader in the Emirates ATP Race to London, Djokovic moved 1,630 points clear of second-place Roger Federer, claiming his fifth title at the ATP World Tour 500-series event, in what he referred to as “probably the best performance of any final in my career.”
With a bevy of points still up for grabs, including two ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events in Shanghai and Paris, as well as a pair of 500-level tournaments at the Swiss Indoors Basel and Valencia Open, the battle for the year-end top spot is far from over. However, should Djokovic continue his ruthless Beijing form, he looks likely to finish year-end No. 1 for the third time in his career.
The Serb said it best, referring to his performance on Sunday: “It was incredible. I have played some great finals, had some convincing wins, some straight-set wins against top rivals. But with this kind of performance and with this domination result-wise, I mean it's never happened.”
The top seed at the Shanghai Rolex Masters, he opens against young gun Dominic Thiem, before concluding his season at the BNP Paribas Masters and Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.