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2015 LONDON Finals: Tomas Berdych lost to Novak Djokovic. Berdych's only chance of qualifying for the semis was to beat Djokovic in straight sets *OoP* *Score and Stats* *GIF Handshake at the net* *INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT*

Posted on November 19, 2015 at 8:50 PM

Novak Djokovic and Tomas Berdych walks into the arena to play in their singles tennis match at the ATP World Tour Finals, at the O2 Arena in London, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015.

Order of Play - Thursday, November 19, 2015 match Djokovic/Berdych night session

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ATP Staff | 19 November 2015

Defending champion and World No. 1 Novak Djokovic booked a spot in semi-finals of the Barclays ATP Word Tour Finals on Thursday, defeating No. 6 seed Tomas Berdych 6-3, 7-5 in the final Group Stan Smith round-robin match at The O2.

With the win, Djokovic finishes second in his group behind Roger Federer, who earlier on Thursday defeated Kei Nishikori 7-5, 4-6, 6-4. The Serb will next face Group Ilie Nastase winner Rafael Nadal.

The round-robin match saw the foes exchange early breaks in the opening set. Djokovic moved ahead with a break in the eight game, and subsequently stepped to the service line to consolidate.

He raced out to a 2-0 lead in the second set, but Berdych would bring the set back on serve with a break of his own. However, serving at 5-all, the 30-year-old Czech was broken when a backhand sailed beyond the baseline. His opponent would close out the match in one hour and 29 minutes. Despite 10 aces and a two-for-two break-point conversion rate, Berdych was saddled with 31 unforced errors.

"His game relies a lot on the serve," said Djokovic, who finished with 10 winners to 16 unforced errors. "If he doesn't have a high first-serve percentage, I'm able to step in and take advantage of the second serve. Then he starts losing a little bit of confidence in his game. If he's serving on a high level, he can really be a threat for anybody on any surface. I know that because I've had many close matches with him. Because I've won so many times against him, maybe there is this factor of mental edge; maybe an advantage in important moments, decisive moments where I'm able to stick around and stay tough and believe that I can actually win."

"It's a bit disappointing not to have any wins here, said Berdych, who finishes at 0-3. "[But] it's not about 'if' or whatever impression you may have. It's always about the result. I think tennis is about that. There is only a winner and loser, nothing in between. I think I had a slight good chance, but that's how it is. There were quite a few mistakes in the tough moments. That decided it today."

Djokovic upped his Fed Ex ATP Head2Head record against Berdych to a lopsided 21-2, including an 18-0 mark on hard courts. This was the fifth time in the past six years that they had met in London, Djokovic winning all five encounters.

The 28-year-old Belgrade native lost to rival Federer 7-5, 6-2 on Tuesday, breaking streaks of 38 consecutive indoor match wins, 23 overall this season and 15 straight at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.

Making his ninth consecutive season finale appearance, the reigning three-time champion has now compiled a personal-best 29-5 record vs. Top-10 opponents.




Score and Stats - Novak Djokovic def. Tomas Berdych 6-3, 7-5.

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Novak Djokovic shakes hands with Tomas Berdych after his victory in their men's singles match on day five of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 Arena on November 19, 2015 in London, England. Djokovic won 6-3, 7-5.

Novak Djokovic shakes hands with Tomas Berdych after his victory in their men's singles match on day five of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 Arena on November 19, 2015 in London, England.



November 19, 2015

London, England, United Kingdom

N. DJOKOVIC/T. Berdych

6-3, 7-5

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Don't you have the impression you could have won that match?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, it's not about 'if' and whatever impression you have. It's always about the result. I think tennis is about that. There is only a winner and loser, nothing in between.

Yeah, I think there was a slight good chance. But, yeah, that's how it is. It was quite a few mistakes in the tough moments. That was deciding today.

Q. It's hard enough to beat Novak Djokovic anyway, but what was the mindset like when you come out knowing you have to win in straight sets? How different is that?
TOMAS BERDYCH: It's just the fact of the statistics or of the counting around. You don't really think about it. You just go on court and try to play your best game. Every match starts from zero. That's it.

If you start to think too far ahead, it's no chance. So no matter which match you play, no matter which opponent, especially playing No. 1 player in the world, no, it's just the same thing. You just try to focus, try to play well, stick with your game plan, and that's it.

Q. How would you sum up your week and your year?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Yeah, obviously it's not the way that I would like to finish the year. It's a bit disappointing not to have any wins here.

The other hand, I think it was a very good and solid year for me. I'm just going to try all the positives from the whole season, just keep doing what's on the plan, just working hard and be strong again for the next season.

Q. Similar to your match against Roger Federer, you were level with him until the end of the sets, then increased your errors. How would you assess your mentalities playing against the best players in the world?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, I mean, how I deal with it, the preparation is the same for every player, whether you play the top player or the guy top 20 to 50. In that sense it's the same thing because you just have to do well. Every single small error or margin of not being on court can cost you the match. So you really don't want to do that.

Q. How is your mentality against the best players? Do you think it's an area of your game you need to improve on?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, I mean, there are certain areas of the game that I definitely need to work on. I mean, no matter if you are 5, 6, 10, No. 1 in the world, you have to keep working on your game because the opponents are not sleeping and they are trying to improve as well.

Yes, I mean, that's definitely one of the aspects that I need to work on or basically be able to get better in those matches, playing those top guys. That's it.

I don't know if it's a matter of being more focused or being stronger or whatever part it is. You can call it really whatever you want. In the end it's a matter of if the ball lands in between the lines, you play good tennis.

Q. Two years in a row you sort of finished your season with a Davis Cup final. Not the case this year. What do you think, is Great Britain the favorite or...
TOMAS BERDYCH: Yes, I experienced this two years in a row, playing a final. For me it was just one extra week in the season which already has been very long.

On the other hand I think it's a good week to have, especially for Britain, it's going to be a massive week.

You know, talking about the favorites in Davis Cup, it's always a very fine line. I think we never been the favorites in most of the matches, and we won twice in a row. So I don't think that's really important to have a favorite of the game. It's always about winning three points and don't really matter who is going to make them. If you look at the setup and the teams, I think they have a pretty good chance to win.

Q. You have faced Federer and Djokovic in this group. Which was the toughest opponent and who do you think will win the tournament?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, I'm not really good in predicting the winners or the results or whatever.

I always was choosing Roger, going with those names, so let's try something different. Rafa is basically looking pretty good. Anything can happen here. I think it's very open. There is still a lot of tennis to play

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