Novak Djokovic has booked a spot in the semi-finals of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals on Thursday, after defeating No.6 seed Tomas Berdych 6-3, 7-5 at The O2 arena in London.
The win sets up a blockbuster semi-final against Rafael Nadal. Djokovic was made to run in the early stages of his match with Berdych, at times struggling to keep pace with the Czech’s back-hand precision. Yet the Serbian phenomenon found his groove in the second set and raced out to a 2-0 lead. Despite a spirted fight back, Djokovic was able to close out the match in just under an hour and a half. Ultimately it was 31 unforced errors that cost Berdych, in a match where he had 10 aces and had a two-for-two break point conversion rate.
The world No.1 now holds a lopsided 21-2 head-to-head over Berdych. This was also the fifth time in the past six years that they had met in London with Djokovic winning all five encounters.
Djokovic finishes second in his group behind Roger Federer, who yesterday defeated Kei Nishikori 7-5, 4-6, 6-4 for a perfect 3-0 in pool play. – Jackson Thomas
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