|Posted on November 22, 2010 at 7:56 AM|
Order of Play - Monday, 22 November 2010
CENTRE COURT Start At 12:15 PM
 M Bhupathi (IND) / M Mirnyi (BLR) vs  L Kubot (POL) / O Marach (AUT)
Not Before 2:00 PM
 Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs  Tomas Berdych (CZE)
Start At 6:15 PM
 D Nestor (CAN) / N Zimonjic (SRB) vs  W Moodie (RSA) / D Norman (BEL)
Not Before 8:00 PM
 Rafael Nadal (ESP) vs  Andy Roddick (USA)
H2H Tomas Berdych - Novak Djokovic
No. 3 seed Novak Djokovic is squaring off against No. 6 Tomas Berdych. The two met in a high-profile match in the Wimbledon semi-finals on July 2 with Berdych winning in straight sets. But Djokovic holds the overall head-to-head lead, 3-1. And since that loss on the grass courts of London, Djokovic has compiled an impressive 26-6 record on the ATP World Tour while Berdych has gone 8-12 since then, including a loss to Djokovic in Davis Cup semi-finals. Berdych is the only player in the Top 10 not to win an ATP World Tour title this season. In fact, the other nine have won at least two titles. This is Djokovic's fourth appearance at this event (winning it in 2008 but falling in round robin play twice); Berdych is making his tournament debut.
F: ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami (l Roddick); Wimbledon (l Nadal); SF: Brisbane (l Roddick); Roland Garros (l Soderling); QF: San Jose (l Roddick); Memphis (l Gulbis); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Indian Wells (l Nadal); Munich (l Petzschner); Washington (l Malisse); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Canada (l Federer); Kuala Lumpur (l Ferrer)
YTD W-L: 44-24 (24-19 on hard, 7-8 indoor, 12-16 in Tie-breaks)
YTD Titles: 0/Career Titles: 5
Date of Birth: September 17, 1985
South African Airways 2010 ATP Ranking: 6
The Czech Republic native is making his debut (lone debutant in this year’s field)...He is first player from Czech Republic to qualify for season finale and finish in Top 10 since Jiri Novak was No. 7 in 2002…Countryman Radek Stepanek was an alternate in 2008 (in place of Roddick) and went 0-2 in round robin play.
2010 in Review:
• The top player from the Czech Republic compiled his first Top 10 campaign despite being only Top 10 player not to win a ’10 title…The last player to rank No. 6 without winning a title in a season was Tim Henman in 2004
• Reached ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final at Sony Ericsson Open in Miami in April and at Wimbledon in July, his first Slam runner-up
• Since Wimbledon final, had an up-and-down stretch with an 8-12 match record and his best results were QFs in Washington (l. to Malisse) and ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Toronto (l. to Federer) in August and Kuala Lumpur (l. to Ferrer) in October…Lost in 1st Rd. at US Open (l. to Llodra) and in Davis Cup SF tie vs. Serbia, fell to Tipsarevic and No. 2 Djokovic, both in four sets...This will be his 24th tournament, most among Top 10 players.
• Entered Wimbledon without playing a grass court tournament and defeated six-time champion Federer (QF) and No. 3 Djokovic (SF) before falling to Nadal in his first Grand Slam final…He was first Czech player to reach Wimbledon final since Ivan Lendl in 1987… Afterwards, jumped from 13 to No. 8 on July 5
• In first week of season in Brisbane, reached SFs (l. to Roddick) then lost in 2nd Rd. to Korolev at Australian Open...In February, reached back-to-back QFs in San Jose (l. to Roddick) and Memphis (l. to Gulbis)
• In March, helped his country to 1st Rd. Davis Cup win over Belgium, beating O. Rochus in lone singles rubber...Then at ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Indian Wells, reached QFs (l. to Nadal)...Then at Sony Ericsson Open in Miami reached final with wins over de Bakker, Zeballos, No. 1 Federer (saved one match point), No. 12 Verdasco and No. 7 Soderling before falling in straight sets to No. 8 Roddick
• During European clay court circuit, compiled an 8-3 mark entering Roland Garros where he reached his first Grand Slam SF (d. No. 4 Murray in 4th Rd.) before losing in five sets to Soderling, snapping an eight-match winning streak…Afterwards rose four places to No. 13
Posted By: Jonatthen Richard
Consistent Novak Djokovic trumps Tomas Berdych in London
Serbian Novak Djokovic impressed at the ATP World Tour Finals on Monday, overcoming Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic 6–3 6–3.
Djokovic, whose third place in the ATP Rankings could be claimed by Robin Soderling or Andy Murray over the course of the season's final event, turned in a performance far superior to that of sixth-ranked Berdych.
"When you have a first appearance at such a big tournament it's not easy to handle the pressure and expectations, and you could feel that, especially at the start of the match," Djokovic said after overcoming his initial nerves and completing the victory in just under 90 minutes. "I was trying to focus on my game and do the things I planned to do tactically with my coach, and I couldn't ask for a better start to the tournament."
Djokovic breaks immediately
Despite his commanding physical presence, Berdych failed to pounce on his serve throughout the match, starting in the very first game.
Two double-faults provided the worst possible start for the Czech as Djokovic's forehand strokes proved enough for the world number three to break straight away.
But Berdych denied the Serb an easy hold in the second, as the game lingered in a deuce until Djokovic could finally go up to a 2–0 lead.
That lead could have been extended by another break, but Berdych defended four break points in the third game to hold his first game of the match.
As the encounter calmed down, both players held their service games with conviction until Djokovic found himself a game away from claiming the opener at 5–3.
And the world number three left his second break to the last game of the set, pressuring Berdych to hit a backhand into the net as Djokovic gained momentum.
Berdych falters early in the second
In the second set, Berdych again failed to hold his first service game as Djokovic, who is set to lead Serbia as his national team takes on France in next week's Davis Cup Final, earned a 3–0 lead.
By the time the Czech's confidence returned, it was too late to save the decider.
Berdych held his remaining games but failed to break his opponent, whose reliable delivery failed to earn him a break at 5–2 but let him seal the win in the following game.
Round two in Group B will be played on Wednesday 24 November.
Tomas Berdych committed 19 unforced errors and saved one match point with a perfectly-timed lob, but never posed a threat to Djokovic.
“For me it was [an] average match,” admitted Berdych. “I didn't bring anything. I had couple of chances. I had it twice, three times, like 30/0, 30/30 on his serve, and then he just took those two points.
“It's tough to be coming here after a couple of months when I didn't do that well. Then, of course, you struggle a little bit with confidence. You can practice as hard as you can, but winning [builds] confidence.”
Beau Berdych *most beautiful legs on the ATP World Tour* in action against Djokovic
Tomas in the starting blocks
Lucie Safarova and coach Tomas Krupa