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2011 London - Group A Tomas Berdych vs Novak Djokovic

Posted on November 21, 2011 at 9:00 PM

Barclays ATP World Tour Finals Monday Briefing

Greg Sharko | 21.11.2011

It’s Group A’s time to shine at the O2 on Monday, as four more singles players and four more doubles teams kick off their campaigns at the $5,070,000 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London.

The first singles match pits No. 3 Andy Murray against No. 5 David Ferrer. Murray and Ferrer have been two of the hottest players during the fall season: Murray is 17-1 since the US Open, winning titles at Bangkok, Tokyo and ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Shanghai. His career 17-match win streak came to an end in the quarter-finals of Paris (to Tomas Berdych); Ferrer is 13-4 since the US Open, reaching the final  in Shanghai, two semi-finals (Tokyo, Valencia) and a quarter-final (Paris).

Ferrer is a former finalist in this tournament (2006), while Murray has reached the semi-finals twice (2008, ’10)- Murray does have a big advantage in the pair’s head-to-head. While he leads the overall series, 5-3, Murray dominates Ferrer in their hard court head-to-head, 5-0, winning 11 of the 12 sets they’ve ever played on hard courts (and in their two meetings this fall be has won 62 63 in the semi-finals of Tokyo and 75 64 in the final of Shanghai). Ferrer is 3-0 against Murray on clay.

The second singles match features World No. 1 Novak Djokovic against No. 7 Tomas Berdych. After a stellar first eight months of the season, Djokovic has struggled with injury in the fall, retiring from a Davis Cup match in September then missing several weeks due to a back injury. He also was hampered by a shoulder injury during a semi-final loss in his first event back in Basel (an injury that caused him to withdraw from his quarter-final match in Paris). But after a week off he says he is fit to play: “I have been serving almost 100% the last two or three days, so for me the shoulder is fine at this moment. I can say it’s recovered and ready to compete.”

Novak Djokovic vs Tomas Berdych

Berdych has fared better than Djokovic this fall, winning twice as many matches (10 to 5) and winning a title (at the ATP World Tour 500 tournament in Beijing), but Djokovic dominates their head-to-head, 7-1. The Serb is 7-0 on hard courts, with the only loss on the grass of Wimbledon in the semi-finals last year. Berdych does have two wins over reigning No. 1s, both over Roger Federer (at the Olympics in 2004 and Miami in 2010). He is 2-11 overall against No. 1s (2-7 vs Federer, 0-3 vs Rafael Nadal, 0-1 vs Djokovic).


(1)Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs (7) Tomas Berdych (CZE) Djokovic Leads 7-1 (7-0 on hard)

2008 Bangkok (Thailand)   Hard SF Novak Djokovic 7-5 6-1

2009 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami  Hard R16 Novak Djokovic 6-3 6-2

2010 Wimbledon (Great Britain) Grass SF Tomas Berdych 6-3 7-6(9) 6-3

2010 SRB vs. CZE WG SF (Serbia) Hard RR Novak Djokovic 4-6 6-3 6-2 6-4

2010 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals Hard RR Novak Djokovic 6-3 6-3

2011 Australian Open (Australia) Hard QF Novak Djokovic 6-1 7-6(5) 6-1

2011 Dubai (U.A.E.) Hard SF Novak Djokovic 6-7(5) 6-2 4-2 ret (left thigh)

2011 ATP Masters 1000 Cincinnati (USA) Hard SF Novak Djokovic 7-5 ret. (right shoulder)


2011 Highlights:

W (1): Beijing (d Cilic); SF (7): Chennai (l Wawrinka); Dubai (l Djokovic); Nice (l Almagro); Halle (l Petzschner); Bastad (l Soderling); ATP Masters 1000 Cincinnati (l Djokovic); ATP Masters 1000 Paris (l Federer); QF (7): Aust. Open (l Djokovic); Rotterdam (W/O vs Tsonga); Marseille (l Cilic); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami (l Nadal); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid (l Bellucci); ATP Masters 1000 Rome (l Gasquet); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Montreal (l Tipsarevic)

YTD W-L: 51-21 (35-13 on hard, 7-4 indoor, 15-6 in Tie-breaks, 4-7 vs. Top 10)

YTD Titles: 1/Career Titles: 6

Date of Birth: September 17, 1985

South African Airways ATP Ranking: 7

Tournament History: 

• The 26-year-old Czech Republic native is making his second straight appearance…Went 1-2 last year, losing to Djokovic, defeating Roddick and falling to Nadal in round robin play

2011 in Review:

• The first Czech Republic player to finish  in Top 10 back-to-back seasons since Petr Korda in 1991-92

• Last month captured his sixth career ATP World Tour title in Beijing (d. Cilic), his first title since Munich in May 2009…Has a 6-6 career mark in finals

• He won a personal-high 51 matches and advanced to seven SFs, four on hard courts – Chennai in January, Dubai in late February and ATP Masters 1000 Cincinnati in August (ret. vs. Djokovic due to shoulder injury), and ATP Masters 1000 Paris (l. to Federer) along withh seven QFs, including Australian Open for first time (l. to Djokovic)

• Overall he reached QFs or better in 15 of 22 tournaments and lost in 1st Rd. only twice during year, at Roland Garros (lost to Stephane Robert 9-7 in fifth set) and in Basel (l. to Nishikori in three sets)

• In ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events, played in all nine tournaments and compiled a 19-9 mark, with SF in Cincinnati and Paris and QFs in Miami, Madrid, Rome and Montreal

• In other Grand Slam tournaments, reached 4th Rd. at Wimbledon (l. to Fish) and 3rd Rd. at US Open (ret. vs. Tipsarevic due to shoulder)…Enters 2012 having played in 33 consecutive Grand Slam tournaments since ’03 US Open


2011 Highlights:

W (10): Australian Open (d Murray); Dubai (d Federer); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Indian Wells (d Nadal); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami (d Nadal); Belgrade (d Lopez); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid (d Nadal); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Rome (d Nadal); Wimbledon (d Nadal); ATP Masters 1000 Canada (d Fish); US Open (d Nadal); F (1): ATP Masters 1000 Cincinnati (l Murray);   SF (2): Roland Garros (l Federer); Basel (l Nishikori); QF (1): ATP Masters 1000 Paris (W/O Tsonga)

YTD W-L: 69-4 (45-3 on hard, 5-2 indoor,8-10 in Tie-breaks, 20-2 vs. Top 10)

YTD Titles: 10/Career Titles: 28

Date of Birth: May 22, 1987

South African Airways ATP Ranking: 1

Tournament History: 

• The Serb is appearing in the year-end championship for the fifth time (8-7  record); He captured the title in 2008 (went 2-1 in RR stage then d. Simon in SF; d. Davydenko for title); SF last year (went 2-1 in RR stage; l. to Federer); In other two years, in 2007 (went 0-3 in RR stage) and 2009 (went 2-1 in RR stage)

2011 in Review:

• The World No. 1 enters with an ATP World Tour-best 69-4 match record on the season, with 10 titles in 11 finals…He is first player with at least 10 titles since Federer (12) in ‘06

• He is first player other than Federer or Nadal to finish No. 1 since Andy Roddick in 2003

• Captured three Grand Slam crowns and a season-record five ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles with six wins in finals coming over rival Rafael Nadal… Of his 10 titles during season, nine came over Top 10 opponents…Overall he was 20-2 vs. Top 10 foes [last year went 4-8], first player with 20 Top 10 wins since Ivan Lendl (22) in 1985

• Became only third player (since 1990) to win 30-more ATP World Tour Masters 1000 matches in a season as he compiled a 33-1 match record

• Won his first seven tournaments (Australian Open, Dubai, Indian Wells, Miami, Belgrade, Madrid, Rome) and compiled a 41-match winning streak (43 going back to last year’s Davis Cup final) before his run ended with four-set SF loss to Roger Federer at Roland Garros…It was best streak to begin a season since John McEnroe’s 42 in 1984

• Then reeled off next 16 straight wins with first Wimbledon crown (d. Nadal), afterwards becoming No. 1 for first time on July 4, and ATP Masters 1000 Montreal title (d. Fish) before retiring in ATP Masters 1000 Cincinnati final (vs. Murray) with right shoulder injury

• Became first player to win a title in World No. 1 tournament debut since Pete Sampras in April 1993 in Hong Kong

• In final Grand Slam tournament at US Open, saved two match pts. in five-set SF win over Federer and followed with four-set win over Nadal to earn his fourth career Grand Slam title

• One week later, played in Davis Cup SF vs Argentina and retired in second set vs. del Potro with a back injury…Withdrew from pair of Asian tournaments before returning week of Oct. 31 in Basel where he reached SF (l. to Nishikori) and QF at ATP Masters 1000 Paris where he withdrew due to shoulder injury

• Set an all-time men’s record in season prize money with $10,779,803 (coming into London)



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