Tomas Berdych Beats Janko Tipsarevik, Djokovic Lost To Ferrer

Seventh seed Tomas Berdych should be a tight fight against ninth-ranked Janko Tipsarevic before finally winning the match 2-6, 6-3 and 7-6 (6). The match was the second match for Berdych in Group A tournament Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. It was Berdych’s second straight win over Tipsarevic, having beaten the Serbian at the BNP Paribas Masters in Paris two weeks ago.

“I was a bit unlucky on Monday [against Novak Djokovic], said Berdych. “I got luckier here. So 1 all. Before the tie-break, I was feeling pretty good, I would say pretty confident. [The] last few games that I was serving was kind of quick [and] easy. But as long the tie-break went, it was really close.”

Berdych is now 1-1 in Group A, having lost to World No. 1 Djokovic after holding a match point on Monday. He will next play fifth seed David Ferrer on Friday.

Tipsarevic, who is the first alternate to appear at the year-end championship since Radek Stepanek in 2008, dropped to a 53-26 match record on the season. He is now 2-9 versus Top 10 opponents this year. He plays his compatriot Djokovic in two days time.

“Not putting myself down, [but] I felt that I was playing some good tennis in the first set. For no particular reason, I stepped two metres back, gave him more time [and] more space to get back into the match. Even though I played better in the third, as you could see, just a couple of points decided the winner.

“I felt that I didn’t disappoint anyone with my performance today. I think I could have won much easier. But there is still one more match to go. If I beat myself about it, that’s just not going to help against the World No. 1 on Friday.”

Meanwhile, on the next game David Ferrer again showed his class by beating the tournament top seed Novak Djokovic 6-3, 6-1 in front of a sell-out 17,500-strong crowd at The O2. These results as well as bringing David Ferrer to the Semifinal.

Ferrer, who beat Djokovic en route to the 2007 final in Shanghai, improved to a 58-17 match record on the season with victory in 76 minutes. It was only Djokovic’s fifth loss of the year and he is now 6-5 lifetime against Ferrer.

“I am very motivated,” said Ferrer, after improving to 2-0 in Group A. “I am in the semi-finals. I want to enjoy this moment. I don’t want to think about the semi-final on Saturday.

“I think maybe today was my best match of the season. I felt good before the match. Maybe the key was in my serve. The last times against Nole, I haven’t served really good.”

“All the credit to [Ferrer], he played great match,” said Djokovic. “It was the worst match I’ve played this season so far definitely. So many unforced errors. I’m not playing well – that’s a fact.

“At this level you know that you have to deliver your best tennis. I wasn’t on my best in the first match [against Tomas Berdych], but I managed to kind of get into the rhythm in the second set. This match, I have no words to explain. Nothing was going really [for me]. Nothing was going well.

“He was playing smart, changing rhythm. You always can kind of expect and predict what he’s going to come up on the court with. He doesn’t drop with the level that much. He’s always focused, always fighting for each point. He’s a great player. He deserved to win.”

The 29-year-old Ferrer, who beat third seed Andy Murray 6-4, 7-5 on Monday, will next face seventh seed Berdych in the last of the round-robin matches on Friday. Djokovic now challenges his Serbian compatriot, Janko Tipsarevic, who replaced Murray in the group.

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