• Djokovic, Berdych battle for Dubai title

    3/2/13 12:56 AM | Kelli DeMario
    Djokovic, Berdych battle for Dubai title World No. 1 Novak Djokovic will be looking to win a fourth title in Dubai, as he takes the court against World No. 6 Tomas Berdych. The players are set to contest their 14th career meeting on Saturday.

    Top seed Novak Djokovic holds a comprehensive 12-1 series advantage over third seed Tomas Berdych. The two last met at the 2013 Australian Open, where a quarterfinal clash went to the World No. 1 in four sets.

    Djokovic advanced to his second final of the season after taking out fourth seed Juan Martin Del Potro in straight sets, 6-3, 7-6(4).

    “I was very pleased with the performance overall and the way I handled myself in the tough moments," Djokovic explained. "Mentally I stayed tough and believed that I could go all the way and win in straight sets. I didn't really allow myself to be negative. I have been very, very positive and confident, so I think that resulted with overall a really good performance."

    The World No. 1 is seeking his 36th ATP World Tour title on Saturday.

    Berdych battled into the championship match with a come-from-behind victory over defending champion Roger Federer. The Czech saved three match points en route to a two-hour, 20-minute win, 3-6, 7-6(8), 6-4.

    "I couldn't be feeling any better,” Berdych confessed. “I would say (it was) almost in front of his home crowd and to be the one who won that match, it really feels great. I'm very pleased the way I played today.”

    “In every single point, I was believing in myself, trying to be just focused on that single point. I didn’t want to see the score and just go one by one. It worked. It's the kind of tactic that I will try to stick with and try to bring it for every single match.”

    Berdych will attempt to secure his 9th career title on Saturday.

    Prediction: Djokovic in straight sets.

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Same here: Nole in two :)

danica , 3/2/13 6:14 AM

Strange thing about Berdych, he does well against Fed and Murray, but badly against Nole and Rafa. Why is it that he always has problems with Rafa/Nole?

Things not looking good for Berdych, after so many consecutive losses to Nole; there's nothing that point to a victory for him here over Nole. Maybe it's a final and so Berdych will put up his best fight, like he did at Madrid last year, even though he may still fail? I think he'll take a set here, as this is a fast hard court and his game suits fast surfaces better.

luckystar , 3/2/13 10:04 AM

nole 6-1,6-1

chenna21 , 3/2/13 2:27 PM

Good prediction chenna, looks accurate as always........

willmw101 , 3/2/13 4:35 PM

Berdych just hands the break back to djokovic. Convenient.

willmw101 , 3/2/13 4:49 PM

Berdych is playing the big points about as well as dolgopolov. Djokovic is lucky to be in this match. Berdych will crumble now, Djokovic in straights.

willmw101 , 3/2/13 4:56 PM

Berdych do earn and live up to his Bird Brain honor! What a stupid volley and a stupid hitting into the net and handed the break back to Nole, after all the hard work of breaking Nole's serve! He has that game in his hand yet he managed to lose it! Lets see how much worst he could do now.

luckystar , 3/2/13 5:01 PM

As reliable as Nole! Deserving number 1 indeed, he hardly loses hope and i wish him well. We are having roast bird for dinner......

tennismania , 3/2/13 5:01 PM

Berdych playing like a retard

willmw101 , 3/2/13 5:06 PM

Oh good, Djokovic has started applauding his opponent. Patronising and tacky. Wouldn't have done it in the first set, only when he's winning. Rank.

willmw101 , 3/2/13 5:12 PM

It's obvious, Berdych is scared of Nole. Facing Fed,, Berdych has all the confidence; facing Nole, he doesn't even believe he can win even when he's ahead! For goodness sake, Nole is not even playing all that well today, why does Berdych not even has any faith in his own game? In fact I feel Berdych is the better player in the first set, at least for most part of it. Berdych does have the game to beat this Nole on this fast court, it's a matter of his own self belief that's lacking.

luckystar , 3/2/13 5:13 PM

I wouldn't even call Berdy's errors UEs they are just simply unnecessary. I've just come to the conclusion that whilst he's got a great serve he simply doesn't have the shots to back it up, why else would he just give away easy, easy points making errors when not even under pressure.

nadline , 3/2/13 5:15 PM

Djokovic will win Dull-bai.

nadline , 3/2/13 5:17 PM

Quite a boring final. I think there're more errors than winners. How I wish it's Delpo or Tsonga, if not Murray, replacing Berdych in this final! Soon Nole would be bored to sleep, just like many of us.

luckystar , 3/2/13 5:25 PM

djokovic is by far and away the most boring number 1 in recent years. No flair or class.

willmw101 , 3/2/13 5:42 PM

Nole will now fail to serve it out.

danica , 3/2/13 5:43 PM

djokovic is by far and away the most boring number 1 in recent years. No flair or class.

willmw101 , 3/2/13 5:44 PM

like watching a sea cucumber

willmw101 , 3/2/13 5:46 PM

Thank you Nole (and congrats for the win) for putting an end to this boring final in straight sets and ASAP!. Not your fault Nole that this is a boring final but it is Tomas Bird Brain's fault! I really can't stand the way he plays today, why can't he plays the same clutch tennis that he played yesterday?

luckystar , 3/2/13 5:55 PM

No, the Acapulco final wont be boring, because there's no Bird Brain in it! Rafa and Ferrer will make things interesting, even Almagro is more interesting than Tomas Bird Brain! Rafa will never be boring, just ask the spectators there at Acapulco!

luckystar , 3/2/13 5:59 PM

there was no doubt Nole would expected Nole was way better than Berdy, he is mentally stronger and his confidence is so high that makes it easy for Nole to deal with any difficult situation and find the way out...
Congrats to all Nole fans! Enjoy!

natashao , 3/2/13 6:00 PM

ferrer not boring :facepalm:


rfzr , 3/2/13 6:00 PM

Haha, will in full flow yet again :P I sometimes wonder if he does it just because the Nole fans on this site are just plain dull, i.e. they just don't seem to react to these things that much.

Hey nadline, I actually think I will enjoy Rafa back on the real tour. Watching this space will be a lot more fun, especially with you around.

samprallica , 3/2/13 6:03 PM

Ferrer boring? Not when he beats Delpo, Tsonga, Murray, Jerzy, even Nole!

luckystar , 3/2/13 6:05 PM

I don't know - what would you rate more boring? Ferrer's loss to Nole in the AO or Berdych's loss to Nole today? I think the former was just Nole being spectacular but the latter had more drama.

samprallica , 3/2/13 6:11 PM

sampra, you are on fire lately :)


rfzr , 3/2/13 6:17 PM

Zare, all the buzz is in Acapulco where the real star is. Did you not hear the commies saying how excited everyone is out there. Rafa has played to full capacity from Chile to Brazil to Mexico in every round. Even the world #1 couldn't match that.

As soon as Rafa confirmed his participation, they extended the facilities because they knew the tickets would sell and they are not disappointed.

Anyway, congratulations for Nole. I'm sorry that Dull-bai was so dull because I know Dubai well. My daughter and family have been living there for the past 5 years, but since they went out there, Rafa hasn't played Dubai so I'm sad about that even though they keep offering me tickets to go they know it's a lost cause as my idol is not there.

nadline , 3/2/13 6:24 PM

This final is more boring. Ferrer lost because he didn't have the weapons to trouble Nole. Nole was also playing very well during AO, except maybe that Stan match. Nole wasn't playing well today, at least not that well by his standard, making more errors. Berdych started off playing well and unlike Ferrer, Berdych has the tools to hurt Nole on this fast court. It's Berdy's bird brain that let up and he's misfiring all over the place. It's more an error fest, at least from Berdych's end, with points ending mostly in errors than winners. Nole just needs to keep the ball in play and Berdych would then make an error. There's no excitement in this match, at least that AO match between Nole and Ferrer let us saw how awesome Nole was then, not this match though.

luckystar , 3/2/13 6:28 PM

Lol nadline... asspulco was just answer to Dull-bai... you know it. ... never mind, I am also waiting to see Rafa in USA and here in Europe again. Tickets for Monte Carlo finale are in pocket already. :)

zare , 3/2/13 6:31 PM

Or is that just Djokovic's dress sense?

willmw101 , 3/2/13 6:36 PM

Play nice please, else I bring out the whip.

Kelli , 3/3/13 12:17 AM


I don't have a problem with you bringing out the whip if it stops the sexist, chauvinist, ageist comments from the likes of rfzr. This has been going on for a while. He has made two very specific attacks on me involving certain medication. I don't appreciate reading that kind of thing. If you don't give respect, then you don't get it.

I ignored other insults, but I have had my fill of reading nasty digs at me on different threads for no reason. It is extremely uncomfortable to have to read this kind of thing on a tennis forum. It needs to stop.

Nativenewyorker , 3/3/13 2:05 AM

NNY, I'm sorry to hear about this. We welcome different points of view and always want people to be both respected and heard. If there is a specific post you or anyone finds objectionable, please point it out and I'll delete it.

If there are ongoing problems that are a concern, don't hesitate to contact the admins, as I am often not around to assist. I want you and everyone else to enjoy themselves here, regardless.

Kelli , 3/3/13 2:39 AM

how about Willmw's posts? They are usually utterly disgusting. Are you the only one here who can monitor the writing of the posters? Because, people are not respected if someone openly disrespects their origin. Twisting the names of other people (Vajda, Djokovic... to name those I follow the most) in shameful manner is not a "different point of view", it's rude and classless (by a person who thinks he is an authority on "class"). It does say most about that poster I guess, but I doubt true tennis fans can "enjoy themselves" being constantly bombarded with such derogatory terms.

danica , 3/3/13 2:50 AM


This is the post I was referencing. This person told willmw to borrow some valium from nny, she has plenty. I would like that comment deleted. This same person also made a comment on a Rafa topic thread about old tartes on prozac. It's been an ongoing thing. This person seems determined to keep throwing out tasteless attacks on myself and others.

Just reading the comments on this topic thread was unpleasant. There seem to be a few people on here for the express purpose of harassing other posters. It's not only directed at me by any means.

I am not sure who to contact or what e-mail address to use. There were some comments on a Rafa topic thread the other day that were so far off topic, involving his first opponent Schwartzmann and whether his name was Jewish. That led into a post about how Germans escaped after WWII to Argentina and changed their names! Don't ask me what it all had to do with tennis, but it led to some nasty exchanges because I objected to someone bringing up whether or not there are Jews in Argentina.

I would be happy to contact the admins about these recent incidents. I would rather do it that way than answer and then get into an ugly back and forth with the offending poster.

Thanks for your concern.

rfzr, 3/2/13 6:02 PM

Nativenewyorker , 3/3/13 2:52 AM

danica- With the volume of posts and the way my page is structured, it's sometimes difficult to see the offending posts. I can delete posts, but I do not have admin privileges. What you have described is not acceptable, however, and I will make every effort to delete any post that insults a person's place of origin the minute I see it.

NNY- I will comb through this thread again and get rid of any post that involves a personal attack. You can address the email to the admins-

Kelli , 3/3/13 3:09 AM

Thanks Kelli.

danica , 3/3/13 9:43 AM

danica this is an internet forum. Get a grip.

willmw101 , 3/3/13 11:15 AM

@Kelli, administrators should be fair and unbiased, not selective. BTW, who is the administrator for this site? I thought it was Cheryl Murray. Thanks for a reply.

scoretracker , 3/3/13 6:30 PM

Cheryl is queen bee extraordinaire, yes.

Kelli , 3/3/13 6:49 PM

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