‘If Novak Djokovic hadn’t reacted that way…’, says ATP star

Novak Djokovic played his eighth Major semifinal at Wimbledon 2010, facing Tomas Berdych in a battle for the final. The 24-year-old Czech defeated Roger Federer in the quarters, and used that momentum against Novak to post a 6-3, 7-6, 6-3 triumph in two hours and 18 minutes for the first Major final. Tomas beat Novak for the first time in three meetings, firing 34 winners and 17 unforced errors to control the pace and seal the deal in straight sets. Speaking about the match two months later at the US Open, Novak said that he played a stupid match, defending most of the time and not taking his chances against a rock-solid opponent who played at a high level. Berdych won 22 points more than Djokovic and saved three of four break chances to keep the pressure on the other side. The Serb struggled with the second serve many times that season, committing eight double faults and experiencing three breaks to finish his run in the semi-finals. Tomas had 41 service winners and had the upper hand in the shorter rallies of up to four strokes, dominating his strokes very well and winning the crucial points to stay in title contention. Berdych made the first difference with a 3-2 break in the first set, using a forehand error by Djokovic to carve out the lead after 21 minutes. Novak held on in game eight to extend the set, and Tomas claimed it with a forehand winner a few minutes later for 6-3 after 33 minutes. Berdych repelled a break point in the fourth game of the second set with a forehand and held after two deuces to keep his serve intact. Djokovic survived a scare in game five before adding a huge error at 5-5 to fall behind. Making the wrong move for the first time, Tomas was unable to serve for the set after a forehand error on Novak’s third break chance introduced a tie break.

Sinner speaks about Djokovic

During a recent interview with Italian daily newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport, Jannik Sinner reflected on his epic five-set match against Novak Djokovic. “I think about it, of course, and after a few days of bad temper, I tried to look at the positive side. Nole had to raise the level to the maximum, otherwise, it would have ended differently. In the end, it almost seems that I have collapsed, but no, it is he who has taken me to another dimension. I thought back to the defeat to Djokovic that I didn’t collapse, but he entered another dimension. I’m growing up. And in New York, I want to go all the way,” Sinner said.