Djokovic Downs Murray, Faces Berdych in Beijing Final; Nishikori v Raonic In Tokyo
by Staff | October 4th, 2014, 3:26 pm

Novak Djokovic kept his China Open record clean by easing past rival Andy Murray 6-3, 6-4 to reach the Sunday final.

“It was a two-set victory today, but still it felt like I had to work hard to win the points,” said Djokovic. “There was a lot of rally exchanges. He had a lot of chances to come back. He was 4-3 up. Just in important moments I managed to play the better tennis. The comfortable hold at 4-3 probably allowed me to have that relief, because obviously I didn’t want him to break me and get into a third set where it can go either way.”

The win runs Djokovic’s record to 23-0 at the event. He’ll seek a fifth title tomorrow against Tomas Berdych who dominated Rafael Nadal conqueror Martin Klizan.

“I’m glad that I’m back in the form that I would like to be in, especially in these courts where I still haven’t lost ever since I played this tournament,” said Djokovic. “Hopefully I can finish the year in style, similar as I finished last year.”

Djokovic leads Berdych 15-2 in their series, but the Czech hopes to turn things around on Sunday.

“It’s [going to be a] really special day for me,” said Berdych. “Every Sunday that we have to go on court and play, it means a lot because it’s a final. Playing against the No. 1 player in the world is always a bit special.

“Novak is playing in incredible form again. He has a great record playing here at the China Open. There is a new challenge, a new day, a new opportunity for me. I’m going to try to go there, try to take my chance and, again, try to play my tennis. Let’s see what I can do with that.”

With Berdych, Kei Nishikori and Milos Raonic still in title hunts this weekend, Murray lost ground to those ranked ahead of him for the London Race.

Nishikori and Raonic will play tomorrow for the Tokyo title. Nishikori needed a final set breaker to take out Benjamin Becker while Raonic cruised past Gilles Simon.

“It’s going to be a tough match,” said Nishikori who has won three of four against the Canadian including a late-night 5-setter at the US Open. “He is playing really well this week. We always battle. It is amazing to play against him in a final here.”

Raonic is playing in his third straight Tokyo final having lost to Juan Martin del Potro last year and Nishikori in 2012.

“Against Kei, it is something to look forward to,” Raonic said. “A lot of people here want it. I have to execute well and serve well, focusing on myself primary other than them. The same goes for Becker. It’s something to look forward to and I want to reverse the result in the final here over the past two years.”

The women will settle there Beijing title between French Open champion Maria Sharapova against Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova with the No. 2 ranking at stake.

Sharapova beat Ana Ivanovic, Kvitova beat Stosur.

“She’s had a great couple of weeks,” Sharapova said of Kvitova. “She plays her best when she’s the aggressive player.”

“It’s been a long time since we played each other,” Kvitova said. “I know she’s a great champion. When it’s really tight, it’s just small things that make a difference in the end of the match, and I think in those points she’s really great. That’s it.”

Sharapova leads Kvitova 5-2.

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29 Comments for Djokovic Downs Murray, Faces Berdych in Beijing Final; Nishikori v Raonic In Tokyo

Giles Says:

Come on you Birdman!!

Michael Says:

Well, the intricacies of Tennis too you cannot understand like life. How can you explain the defeat of Rafa to Klizan who is in turn being decimated by Berdych who is the perfect bunny to Rafael Nadal as seen from their H2H record ? I am sure if Rafa had reached the Semis, he would have slaughtered Berdych. But as luck has it, Klizan made this breakthrough and Berdych is the beneficiary. That is how it is.

jane Says:

kei won the first set.
so did popsicle and benneteau.

jane Says:

congrats to kei.
sad for popsicle/benny though.

Margot Says:

Brilliant from Kei! Always good to see David defeat Goliath.Found myself watering up too!
Love him to pieces.
Now, Go Petra! Go Nole!

Brando Says:

Kei: u da man!

Daniel Says:

Berdych is losing 6-0 3-0 now. That’s why I don’t want him to qualify. He has no business betaing Nadal or Djoko. Maybe Murray and only against Fed he delivers. Hope he doesn’t qualify and Raonic gets his place, coutng Murray in already.

contador Says:

Imo, Berdych is not playing terrible…

… it’s a remarkable performance from Novak, I would say!

Daniel Says:

Djoko srving for a double Bagel. Jeh

contador Says:

Finally a mistake from Nole gives Berdych a break point but ….

I’d say this has been a nearly perfect spectacle of tennis from Nole.

Berdych finally gets a game!

contador Says:

Rarely do I cheer for Tomas Berdych but I was cheering for him.

Now I cheer for the phenomenole which has been performing so perfectly to come back and finish him off!!

contador Says:

:D Nole near to perfect.

Margot Says:

Up to 11th game Nole was absolutely sensational. Think it’s the best I’ve ever seen him play. Lol think other players in tournie should be congratulated on how many games they took off him ;)
Just shows tho., u take serve away from Raonic, Cilic, Berd etc and they look pretty ordinary.
Whereas, take Andy’s serve away from him… yes please…;)

contador Says:

very true, Margot – about taking serve away from Raonic, Cillic and Berd….

Kei was wonderful, too :)

contador Says:

Berdych very sweet in his runner-up speech. Kudos to him for taking such a loss so well, really.

contador Says:

Djokovic admitting that this was one of the best performances of his life.

I was half-awake and it is good to hear that I was not dreaming!

Novak speaking Chinese now….yikes

Daniel Says:

Milos and Berdych losing is good for Murray who is only 200 pts behind. Let’s se how Shangai untolds and a crutial match for Murray is him and Ferrer R16. Stan, Cilic and Key are virtually in. The other two will stay with Murray, Berdych, Ferrer or Raonic. Can’t see Dimitrov making a dent unless he stars winning something big.

Brando Says:

Tomas Berdych should forfeit every scheduled match v Nadal or Djokovic. Let organisers refund the public, and fans free to do other things as we sure ain’t going to get a contest put on show by Birdman. Atrocious from him once again!

Brando Says:

LOL Birdman I am not surprised: 14 games in match, birdman after first 7 games 1st serve %: a dismal 48%. Finishes the match with a below par of 57% 1st serve in ratio. That’s just not good enough against a quality returner let alot one of the top ones. Good result for Andy and chance TB may not turn up at WTF. Hands up those who’ll miss him….. Anyone….

Hippy Chick Says:

Fantastic from Novak,when hes in this form,as Contador says,nothing much any player can do against him,for all his talent Berdych has nothing to trouble Novak or Rafa,he owes Klizan a big thankyou for taking out Rafa really,otherwise probably wouldnt have even made the final?….

Brando Says:

Barry Flatman: Confirmed. Ivan Lendl and Tomas Berdych shall have a meeting to discussing possible coaching arrangement.

Brando Says:

Personally: I want Andy Murray to get him back again. If he’s available then why not? It’s Ivan who’s availability led to the parting anyhow in the first instance. Funnily enough: I actually think Ivan would be perfect for Novak and could actually propel him to greater heights. Sure on paper Boris is good because of Wimbledon but I think even without him Novak would have won Wimbledon with that opposition. And he won IW, MI, Rome and now China without him so for me-personally- I think BB’s input is overestimated. Think Lendl would be much better. Anyhow: think Ivan would actually help Berdych alot since the talent is there. But: I think Berdych has greater problems re mental strength than Andy ever did. Will be interesting if they hook up.

Gordon Says:

In the race to London 6 guys are now pretty well set, with Nishikori being the 6th. That leaves Ferrer, Berdych, Raonic and Murray needing to do well in Shanghai to make the 7th and 8th spots.

One of Murray or a Ferrer can only get 90 points, as they clash in the 3rd round, with the winner meeting Djokovic in the quarters.

For Ferrer that may be enough to keep him in 7th. Murray would need to defeat Djokovic.

For Raonic and Berdych, whoever advances the furthest is probably in. They both have pretty clear sailing until the quarters when Berdych would play Wawrinka and Raonic would meet Nadal, if all goes according to plan.

For the sake of a decent London tournament let’s hope that it’s Raonic and not Berdych who gets through. The top guys may beat either, but at least Raonic will make a match of it.

Daniel Says:


Exactly! Raonic may have a decent serving day and on a fast indoor court anything can happen. Berdych and Ferrer for the sake of good matches must not qualify.

jane Says:

hellooooo contador: nice to see ya! :)

missed match as middle of night here but glad to read nole was playing great. i thought he’d likely win after beating dimitrov and andy, and clearly berdy has match up issues with nole and others. but that looks like a rout.

anyway … woot for the win and 5 titles here!

skeezer Says:

Serve % ‘s can be mis leading, and in this case it was. He was serving against the best returner in todays game. There is a thing called intimidation, and Nole’s return game has it. LOL.

contador Says:

Helloooo jane!

Berdy was striking the ball as he can, quite cleanly, powerfully and moving as well as he could be expected, but Nole absolutely was as skeezer says – intimidating. Nole’s return game, his reaction time and recovery was a thing of beauty!

Great to see him play like that! Hope he can keep this form in Shanghai! Ajde!

Okiegal Says:

@Brando @9:55

You’ve got to be kidding me! Of course I know you’re not. That tells me things were not peachy with him and Andy, apparently. I thought he wanted to do some legends tennis play…..ummmm …..interesting.

Go read Rafa’s post presser, Klizan match. The interviewer questioned Rafa about Uncle Tony’s comment about he was going to quit coaching Rafa whether Rafa retired or not. It was an amusing exchange of questions and answers. Rafa was shocked his Uncle made that statement. We will have to wait and see the outcome of that comment by UT.

The Lendl/Berdy team, should it happen will shake up things a bit. I’m anxious to hear about this future story.

Okiegal Says:

Congratulations to Novak fans… glad he won this one, but I never doubted for a sec that he wouldn’t…..playing awesome tennis… contest!!
He is looking great!!

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