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2011 Australian Open Quarterfinal: Tomas Berdych vs Novak Djokovic

Posted on January 25, 2011 at 7:30 PM


Order of Play  - Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Rod Laver Arena - Match Start 11:00 AM

Women's Singles - Quarterfinals

Andrea Petkovic (GER) [30] vs Na Li (CHN) [9]

Not Before:12:30 PM  

Men's Singles - Quarterfinals

Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) [19] vs Roger Federer (SUI) [2]

Women's Singles - Quarterfinals

Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) [1] vs Francesca Schiavone (ITA) [6]

Night session  - Match Start 7:30 PM

Men's Singles - Quarterfinals

Tomas Berdych (CZE) [6] vs Novak Djokovic (SRB) [3]




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H2H Tomas Berdych / Novak Djokovic

Tomas Happy to Play his QF match on the Rod Laver Arena

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Tomas Berdych  serves to Novak Djokovic during the men's quarter-final match at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on Tuesday, January 25, 2011. 

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Novak Djokovic beat Tomas Berdych 6-1 7-6 (7-5) 6-1 to set up

a semi-final against defending champion Roger Federer at the Australian Open.


Tomas Berdych plays a shot to Novak Djokovic during the men's quarter-final match at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne January 25, 2011.


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Djokovic Too Strong For Berdych; Federer Next In SFs

by ATP Staff | 25.01.2011

Third seed and 2008 titlist Novak Djokovic proved to be too strong for sixth-seeded Czech Tomas Berdych on Tuesday, booking an Australian Open semi-final clash with four-time former champion Roger Federer after a 6-1, 7-6(5), 6-1 victory in two hours and 32 minutes.

Djokovic, who improved to a 23-5 match record at Melbourne Park, has dropped one set in five matches at the Grand Slam championship this year. The Serbian has now won all five of his hard-court meetings with Berdych, who won their Wimbledon semi-final last year.

"I have to be very happy with the performance," said Djokovic. "Maybe the turning point was the tie-break in the second set where it went my way. If it's one-set all, it's a totally different match.  Two sets up, it's a big advantage and I was starting to go for shots more in the third.

"I was physically prepared, mentally motivated to [have] some success. So far it's been great. Today has been a real test. I have nothing to lose playing Federer, who's the title defender here. We all know everything about him. I have to believe in myself in order to win that match."

Djokovic's forehand was particularly potent at the start of his sixth meeting with Berdych. He broke Berdych's serve with a forehand pass for a 3-1 lead and went onto close out the 36-minute opener with another forehand winner.

The 25-year-old Berdych saved two break points with big serves in the first game of the second set, then capitalised on a mental lapse from Djokovic. Converting the first of three break point opportunities with a forehand winner, Berdych took a 3-1 lead. Djokovic immediately broke back, hitting a forehand lob from the baseline.

As rain started to fall, the Rod Laver Arena roof was closed and the set went to a tie-break. Djokovic raced into a 5-2 lead, only for Berdych to fight back to 5-5. When a net cord bounced wide, Djokovic took a two sets to love lead and when he produced a couple of fine returns on his way to breaking at 2-1 in the third set it spelled the end of Berdych's challenge.

"I can be disappointed with the second set," said World No. 6 Berdych, who committed 32 unforced errors. "I took over a little bit and was playing well. Then, [I] just lost the set very close in the tie-break where [he] was also a bit lucky. The other two sets he was dominating and he was playing really well today."

Djokovic and Federer met in the 2008 Australian Open semi-finals en route to Djokovic lifting his only Grand Slam championship trophy. Federer leads Djokovic 13-6 overall and the Swiss has won the past three meetings. In September last year, Djokovic saved two match points against Federer in the US Open semi-finals.

Looking ahead to the semi-final match-up, Berdych said: "He's going to play Roger next match, and that's always tough.  I think that Roger is really on the top form and playing really well."

Tomas Berdych waves to the spectators as he leaves Rod Laver Arena after his quarterfinal loss to Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open tennis championships on Tuesday, January 25, 2011.


Tuesday, 25 January, 2011

Q. Were you disappointed with your form? Was Novak in the zone? How do you assess the match? TOMAS BERDYCH: Yeah, pretty much I can be disappointed with the second set. I took over a little bit and was playing well, aggressive enough, and somehow he starts to make at least a couple of mistakes that give me a chance to have a break.

Then just lost the set very close in the tiebreak where was also a bit lucky. That's just a part of it. The other two sets he was quite dominating and he was playing really well today.

Q. Overall, are you happy with how you've played through the tournament and where you're at with your game?

TOMAS BERDYCH: Yeah, of course. It's pretty solid start to the year, finishing quarterfinals here in Melbourne. That's what I was looking for before the tournament, at least to get quarterfinals.

Then you play third player in the world. It could go anyway and it's not that you can beat him every day. I don't know. I was trying to do my best, and, you know, he was better.

So that's just how it is. It was a solid and pretty good two weeks.

Q. He seems to be on a bit of a roll with the Davis Cup through this month as well. Where do you think he is, and can he go all the way?

TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, it's tough to say, you know. He's going to play Roger next match, and that's always tough. I think that Roger is really on the top form and playing really well.

He's playing a bit different style, but, you know, this surface suit Novak pretty well. He likes to be different. He like to just running from side to side. That's really good for him, this one. He can slide, get to every ball, and it's going to be interesting match.

Q. Czech Republic has played incredible tennis last two years in Davis Cup finals. Semifinal last year. Do you think with Kazakhstan, first round at home, you can still have a nice progression to the final stages?

TOMAS BERDYCH: Finally we play at home, so I'm happy for that. You know, we can get back to home crowd and home place.

The other thing that, as you just mentioned, we're playing Kazakhstan first round. That's where we need to start. That's it. None of us are thinking about any other standings of the draw or any other opponents.

First of all, we need to beat Kazakhstan, and maybe we can go far away.

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