Tomas Berdych seats on his chair after his victory and enjoys the moment. A very special one indeed, as he had just defeated world’s No. 1, Novak Djokovic, 2-6,7-5,6-4 at Internazionali BNL D’Italia.
Beating a top player is not something new for Berdych, as he has defeated a few of them before. Today was a match that Berdych must feel proud of all he played, saving two match points in the second set and hitting 45 winners against the world’s No 1. Berdych played with confidence, believing he could win the match.
In the first set, Novak played really well, and was great at dominating Berdych, controlling the point, being agressive, and even coming to the net a few times.He got an early break in the first set and closed it out 6-2. In the second set, serving at 5-3 for the match, Novak, perhaps, got more of a fight than he expected as he is forced to serve at 30-40. Berdych hit an amazing back hand down the line, getting the break back and continues to put pressure on Djokovic. And again,Berdych gets another break at 5-5 and a chance to serve for the second set, which he does, and closed it at 7-5.
What started as a rotine match for Djokovic, became even more difficult with the windy conditions in the third and final set. Berdych seemed to adjust to it better. He was able to hit through the ball more and was not allowing Novak back into the match. At 1-1, Berdych gets a break and holds to it tightly until the end of the match. Djokovic kept fighting and getting closer to get the break back but Berdych continued playing solid. Serving at 5-4, deuce, Berdych hits a great wide serve to Novak’s forehand and gets the point. And at match point Berdych, serves again, wide and closes out the set 6-4.
Great performance by Tomas Berdych who will face the winner of Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer in the next round.