Novak Djokovic v Tomas Berdych - as it happened

Novak Djokovic books his place in the World Tour Finals last four by beating Tomas Berdych 6-1 7-6 (8-6) at London's O2 Arena.

9 November 2012 Last updated at 16:39 GMT

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  1. 1638: 

    That is your lot from me for this afternoon as well. See you back here for news of how Jonathan Marray and Freddie Nielsen have got on in their final group match and a game-by-game commentary on Murray v Tsonga. See you there.

  2. 1634: 

    So when does Andy Murray sally forth in pursuit of a place in the semi-finals? All being well the world number three should be out on court at 1945 GMT. A license to start throwing, not only the kitchen sink, but all of the white goods as well might suit Jo-Wilfried Tsonga down to the ground so make sure you get your eyeballs back here, your lugholes across 5 live sports extra or a bit of both.

  3. 1628: 

    I think by that 'other people' Novak might mean people like us.

    Right, so what does all this mean for the final four then? Djokovic winning the match means he will face the runner-up of Group B in the semi-finals.

    There is still a slim chance that that could be Roger Federer, although the Swiss is odds-on to progress as winner of Group B.

    If Federer fulfils those expectations then Andy Murray will be his opponent so long as he takes a set off Jo-Wilfried Tsonga tonight. If Tsonga takes the match in straight sets he will make the last four in the Briton's place. Got it?


    Novak Djokovic after progressing to the semi-finals: "I didn't want to think about scenarios or calculations, I'll leave that to other people. I try to do my job and win on the court, I played a really good match but I thought he served better towards the end of the second set. I was fortunate to come back and win in straight sets."


    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport:: "Djokovic wins 6-2 7-6. So Djokovic through, Berdych out, Murray needs a set, could play Fed/Delpo (sorry), Obama still President."

    Ross Hutchins, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "Very impressive, Djokovic was in cruise control in the first set, Berdych increased his performance but did not have enough for the world number one. Novak is looking very strong and very comfortable."



    Djokovic 6-1 7-6 (8-6) Berdych

    Djokovic is still pinching around the edges of the Berdych serve looking for any excess flab. The Serb trims off one of the mini-breaks but faces 6-3 and three set points, two on his own serve and one on Berdych's. Djokovic banks his own and then a stinger of a return to Berdych's sliding serve down the middle levels up the tie-break at 6-6. Berdych pumps one wide in the next rally, and the Hawkeye review cannot save him that one. 7-6, four successive points won and a match point for Djokovic. Berdych pushes long to meekly hand over the match.

    *Djokovic 6-1 6-6 (1-5) Berdych

    Tomas Berdych moves an early mini-break ahead as a deft drop-volley on Novak Djokovic's opening serve gives him 2-0. Djokovic over-exerts himself with an athletic get at the back of the court in the next rally and can only duff a backhand into the floor to concede the double break. 3-0 Berdych with two of his own serves to come. The Czech's first double fault of the match hands one of those break points back, but he holds serve in the next rally and then pilfers the Djokovic serve once again to move 5-1 up. Time for a change of ends...

    Ross Hutchins, BBC Radio 5 live extra

    "The ball is jumping up so high with the kick-serve, that's becoming a very good tactic for the players."

    Djokovic 6-1 6-6 Berdych*

    A backhand pass from Tomas Berdych brings up 15-30 and the Czech lumps all his chips on massive forehands down the line in the next two rallies. His luck is all out though. Neither finds the mark to bring up the break points he is looking for and Djokovic produces an ace to advance to a tie-break.

    *Djokovic 6-1 5-6 Berdych

    Tomas Berdych rattles through his own service game to love. Both players might be saving their sweat on return to keep their powder dry for the tie-break.

    Jonathan Overend, BBC Sport

    "Everybody in this group continues to sit nervously, not knowing what to make of it."

    Djokovic 6-1 5-5 Berdych*

    Tomas Berdych wins the game's opening point to give himself a platform to shoot from and at 30-15 down he is blasting away at his opponent for all he is worth. Djokovic is like a brick wall though popping everything back, including a brutal forehand out wide, and turns the tables to come back from the brink in the rally and force an error from the Czech. Awesome, but, at the same time, completely unsurprising stuff from Djokovic.

    *Djokovic 6-1 4-5 Berdych

    Novak Djokovic strokes a silky smooth return down the line to set a few jitters rippling through the Tomas Berdych camp as he claws his way to 40-30. If Berdych's coach and other half are looking concerned, it hasn't transmitted to the man himself. He looms large at the net behind a firey serve and Djokovic can't squeeze a return over the net and past his opponent, falling at the first hurdle.

    Djokovic 6-1 4-4 Berdych*

    Gone in seventy-three seconds. Not the latest, slightly more inept, car-stealing action flick, but the latest Novak Djokovic service game. The Serb slaps down four big serves and Berdych looks like he will need to discover a golden ticket wrapped around a chocolate bar before he gets admission into a rally on the Djokovic serve. Berdych heads to the sidelines to get a fresh bat, maybe that will help...

    Jonathan Overend, BBC Sport

    "At 4-3 to Berdych, everybody has hope in this group, that's the beauty of this system."

    *Djokovic 6-1 3-4 Berdych

    Tomas Berdych is not being cowed. He is still going to eyeball-to-eyeball with Novak Djokovic, safely locking up his serve. Might his best chance be a tie-break? He has not made many inroads into the Djokovic tee-off so far.

    Djokovic 6-1 3-3 Berdych*

    The strength of Novak Djokovic's all-round game is emphasised by the way that he moves into a 40-0 lead with his fourth ace of the match. Berdych, whose serve is one of the strongest part of his arsenal, has landed only two so far. Nothing for Berdych in the fourth and final point of the game either. That might have been the sound of a gauntlet being thrown at Berdych's feet. If he wants a scrap for this second set, I think Novak is ready to brawl.

    *Djokovic 6-1 2-3 Berdych

    Tomas Berdych is now full of hearty baseline hitting, middling the ball like he has finally rediscovered his groove. An inside-out attempted winner clips the net-cord and floats wide to give Djokovic 30-40 and break point, but Berdych snatches it back with a big ace right down the middle. To deuce and the walloping forehands still keep coming from Berdych. The fifth seed clambers into a mid-court ball to clinch the game after a big serve out wide and precise backhand volley had given him advantage.

    Jonathan Overend, BBC Sport

    "I think the neutrals are willing Berdych on, they are sure he has the talent to make a match of this."

    Djokovic 6-1 2-2 Berdych*

    Hang on a minute, we have a pulse. This match is suddenly looking like it might produce more than just a procession. Tomas Berdych edges into a 15-30 lead and then does what he has the weapons to do but rarely seems to be able to string together. Djokovic is given the runaround under a barrage of deep, thunderous forehands to give Berdych 15-40 and two break points. Djokovic nets and the crowd break into their most heartfelt round of applause of the match so far.

    Jonathan Overend, BBC Sport

    "There were many who though Djokovic would take his foot off the pedal today, some conspiracy theorists as well thinking would he prefer to see Berdych rather than Murray in the semi-finals? That was never going to be the case, this is the best player in the world we are talking about here."


    Jon Knights on Twitter: "Nole looking in total control here against Berdych. Surely he has the Semi's in his sights now! #FinalShowdown"

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    *Djokovic 6-1 2-1 Berdych

    Novak Djokovic is just imperious. The Serb snaps the Tomas Berdych serve with ease and looks as if he is ploughing his way remorselessly to victory, converting the second of two break points.

    Djokovic 6-1 1-1 Berdych*

    Tim Henman speculates on BBC Two that Tomas Berdych could try stepping in and twacking the life out of every other Novak Djokovic serve is an attempt to get a toehold in one of the Serb's service game. I'm not sure that Tomas took that advice, as a series of spicy Djokovic deliveries tie down the game to love.

    "It is approaching the time when the only option is the kick at the change of ends," admits Tim as the ball head back up to Berdych.

    Russell Fuller, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "You don't let Novak Djokovic break your serve twice and expect to come back."

    *Djokovic 6-1 0-1 Berdych

    That first set disappeared in just over half an hour for Berdych, but he steadies his game with his most secure service game since his first of the match.

    Djokovic is through to the semi-finals, if he can win here it will be as group winner and he will avoid Roger Federer in the last four.

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    Djokovic 6-1 Berdych*

    Novak Djokovic marches remorselessly into a 40-0 lead and although Tomas Berdych chips away a point, but the Czech is going to need to go at the world number one's serve with the dynamite rather than the chisel. Djokovic goes toe-to-toe at the baseline and draws the set-conceding error with consistent deep hitting that Berdych always look fidgity attempting to counter,

    *Djokovic 5-1 Berdych

    Tomas Berdych puffs his cheeks as he just about manages to keep a lid on a bubbling Novak Djokovic. The Czech's serve sustains the loss of a couple of points, but bobs through unsunk. Now, Djokovic will serve for the opening set and Berdych will have to find something special in his bag in the changeover to derail the locomotive at the opposite end.


    J Nenad on Twitter: "Novak has that terminator look again"

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    Djokovic 5-1 Berdych*

    Another service game speeds past for Novak Djokovic as he dismantles Tomas Berdych's attempts to raise the tempo. The Serb retrieves everything that Berdych has to throw at him and then chucks it back with at a ruinous rate of interest.

    *Djokovic 4-1 Berdych

    Novak Djokovic prises Tomas Berdych's serve from his grasp once more, with the world number one's groundstrokes pepping the paint and stretching Tomas Berdych beyond his means at the back of the court. That first set that is required to book his place in the last four is nosing into sight for Djokovic.

    Ross Hutchins, BBC Radio 5 live extra

    "You feel that when the rally gets going it is very tough for Berdych to win these long rallies. If it goes over four or five shots Djokovic has the better mind to construct the point, his ground strokes are more reliable."


    Piers Newbury, BBC Sport, on Twitter: "A muted start - my theory is the shock of sweltering O2 heat after freezing outside makes everyone drowsy."

    Djokovic 3-1 Berdych*

    Tomas Berdych grinds his way into contention and then, stepping in to punish a suggestion of shortness on a Novak Djokovic second serve, pushes through to a break-point chance. The Czech cannot summon up the same steely nerves at 30-40 up though, patting his groundstrokes over in an exchange that is inevitably ended with a cruncher off the Djokovic racket. Berdych over-cooks fractionally at the back of the court to surrender the game from deuce. He is going to need to strike a rich, deep seam of deadly accurate groundstrokes to make a necessarily ambitious show of shot-making work for him.

    *Djokovic 2-1 Berdych

    Tomas Berdych misses with his first two first serves and finds himself caught up in a bit of baseline warfare that soon turns ugly on both occasions. The Czech misses again with his first attempt on the game's third point. He looks like he is building his way nicely into the rally as he chops deep into the Djokovic backhand off his second serve. As soon he opts to stray onto Djokovic's forehand side though he is stung with a ripped forehand winner crosscourt. Three break points to Djokovic. Djokovic's coughs them all back up, his return strangely off-radar in response to a couple more second serves from Berdych. He nails it from deuce though and Berdych is battered back into his box on a fourth-break-point. First blood to Nole.

    Djokovic 1-1 Berdych*

    No sign of Novak Djokovic's other half as yet on the television screens, but there is nothing to concern her in the Serb's opening service game. He holds to love and looks lithe and lively.

    *Djokovic 0-1 Berdych

    It takes just three points of the first game, all of which are won by Tomas Berdych, for the television camaras to pick out the Czech's supermodel girlfriend Ester Satarova. Always good to see the people behind the player I guess. Novak Djokovic whips a backhand winner down the line from 40-0 to check her man's progress momentarily, but a bit of serve-volley from Berdych shuts down the opening game.

    *- denotes NEXT to serve

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    That's enough of the might-bes and maybes, let's get down to reality. The players are ready, Novak Djokovic is wiggling at one end with Tomas Berdych lining up his serve at the other.


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    Tim Henman's right on that one as well. Victory for Tomas Berdych combined with a win for Jo-Wilfried Tsonga tonight would send the Czech fifth seed through to the last four at Andy Murray's expense. Got all that? No? Me neither. We'll pick it up I'm sure, don't worry.

    Tim Henman, BBC Sport

    "Berdych will want to go this game and put on a performance, and still with a very small chance he could get through to the semi-finals."

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    The Serb will want to extend his winning record over Tomas Berdych to 11-1 though because that will ensure top spot in the group and a route to the tournament final that doesn't include Roger Federer. Of course, the downside, if you want to see it like that, for British fans is that a Djokovic victory combined with Andy Murray beating Tsonga will consign the Briton to a match up with Federer in the semi-finals.

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    The only way that Novak Djokovic's name is going to be absent from the last four is if he suffers a straight-sets defeat to Tomas Berdych this lunchtime and then Andy Murray repeats the trick with a whitewash of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga this evening.

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    Novak Djokovic's equation is the simplest. If the world number one wins a set here, then he is through to the last four regardless of what Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Andy Murray serve up in the evening.

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    Afternoon all. Well, you obviously like sport and you love the written word enough to put up with these ones, so I hope there are enough Renaissance men and women amongst us to tackle a bit of maths. We may need it by the end of today. Welcome to the final day of action in Group A of the World Tour Finals.

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