Djokovic eases into semi-finals

Published: Friday 14th November 2014 by The News Editor

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Novak Djokovic booked his place in the semi-finals of the ATP World Tour Finals and ensured he will finish the year as world number one with a thumping victory over Tomas Berdych.

The trend of one-sided matches at the O2 Arena continued as Djokovic wrapped up a 6-2 6-2 victory in 69 minutes.

It extended his run of successive wins indoors to 30, while he has now recorded 13 consecutive wins at the tournament and remains the favourite to win a third straight title.

His main rival seems certain to be Roger Federer, whose surge this season meant the battle for year-end number one went down to the wire.

But, by winning the Paris Masters a fortnight ago, Djokovic knew three victories here would be enough for him to finish the season on top of the world for the third year out of the last four.

And there looked no danger of any other outcome as soon as he began the match against Berdych by winning six successive points.

The pair last met a month ago in Beijing, where Djokovic led 6-0 5-0 before Berdych managed to salvage two games.

The Czech said ahead of this clash he was hoping to win three or four games and, although it was accompanied by a smile, the suspicion was he was not joking.

A beating of the scale of that handed down by Roger Federer to Andy Murray on Thursday night looked on the cards as Djokovic eased into a 4-0 lead but Berdych did at least manage to hold serve twice.

The second set followed exactly the same pattern, leaving Djokovic sitting pretty at the top of Group A and Stan Wawrinka needing only a set against Marin Cilic on Friday night to join him in the last four.

Djokovic, who meets Kei Nishikori in the semi-finals, knew exactly what the victory meant and celebrated exuberantly with his team.

Published: Friday 14th November 2014 by The News Editor

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