He may have taken a more challenging route but it still led him to where he wanted to be.Novak Djokovic barges into the ATP World Tour semifinal after easily disposing of Tomas Berdych at the O2 Arena in London.
The 28-year-old Serbian only needed one strong set to make his semi-final appearance official, dominating Berdych, 6-3, 7-5.
Already a shoo-in in the semis, Roger Federer still kept his immaculate slate with a 7-5 4-6 6-4 win against Kei Nishikori.
The world’s number one still needed a set in his closing group match to qualify as his defeat over Federer last Tuesday almost took a toll on him. He almost lost it also to Berdych, but still managed to pull it through to make it to the final four.
Djokovic will be colliding with Rafael Nadal on Saturday, while Federer will be facing Stan Wawrinka or Andy Murray in the semis.
At the end of the day, it was still Djokovic who accomplished his mission.
It has always been a big challenge for Berdych to win straight-set games in order to prevail over Djokovic. He’s won only two out of 22 matches against Novak, and went 0 of 17 on hard courts.
Though he recovered from an early break of serve, Djokovic still inched his way past him, making way for the Serbian to clinch the semis spot after 42 minutes.
“I waited for a game with more second-serve opportunities and that’s what happened at 5-5,” said Djokovic.
They both had solid performances, citing they could have done better but with the full calendar of competitions this year, Novak still felt satisfied with the results.
“Rafa [Nadal] has another match tomorrow and I’m going to watch that a bit with my team and prepare.”
Djokovic has high hopes that he’ll be able to perform at his best because that is what’s needed in order to get past the semis if he’ll be up against Nadal.