By Abigail Hinto
SHANGHAI, China – Impressive form from Novak Djokovic as he reaches his first Shanghai Rolex Masters final by defeating Tomas Berdych 6-3 6-4. Djokovic came off to a flying start breaking Berdych in the 2nd game and right away was serving for the set 5-1. But a couple of errors from Djokovic and a steadier play from Berdych saw Berdych getting one of the breaks back as Djokovic was trying to serve for the first set. Berdych saw another opportunity to even the set at 5-3 but a forehand error long on breakpoint and Djokovic closes it out 6-3. A more straightforward second set with one break of serve and Djokovic finally reaches the final of all Masters 1000 events.
Djokovic was pleased with the way he played the match, satisfied with his tactics and movement on court, “movement today was very important from my side, to be on a very high level so I can try to get into the longer rallies where I find more chances on my side, you know, to win those rallies. [I] played tactically right. I was putting a lot of returns into the court, making a lot of pressure on his serve. On the other hand, I was serving well when I needed to.”
Berdych can only give credit where it’s due, “He started really like a champion. He started really, really great, and didn’t give me a chance at all. But he just hold it solid and just took over me. So, yeah, he was just too good for me today.”
Djokovic will play the winner of the Roger Federer – Andy Murray match in Sunday’s final.