Day 4: Berdych v Tipsarević (Part 1) Tennis: World Tour Finals


Day 4: Berdych v Tipsarević (Part 1)

Sue Barker presents live coverage of the afternoon singles match as the world's top men battle it out at London's O2 Arena.


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Last night a packed house at the O2 arena. Roger Federer, arguably the

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greatest player of all time, up against a man who took over as the

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dominant force in tennis until this year, Rafael Nadal. Over the years,

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these two great champions have produced many epic matches. Last

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night was not one of them. Federer was all some while Nadal was

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was all some while Nadal was ordinary. 6-3, 6-0 was the score.

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With that victory, Federer has booked his place in the semi-finals

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and is now the firm favourite to take the title. That was yesterday.

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The other big story was that Andy Murray was forced to pull out of

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the tournament because of bad groin injury that hampered in so much in

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his opening match. That means that Janko Tipsarevic, the world No. 9,

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comes in today and will take on Tomas Berdych today. Although

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Tipsarevic is coming in late, he can still qualify for the semi-

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finals if he wins his two matches. That is what we have to look

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forward to, but first back to Murray. Let's what he had to say

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yesterday. Hard luck in pulling out of your

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final tournament of the year. It must have been a hard decision to

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take. It is tough. I do not think it is something that any of the

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players like to do, especially in an event like this. I always try to

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give it a goal and see how I am feeling. I need more time to rest

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and recover. I did not have that luxury, so I am disappointed, but,

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you know, nothing much else I could have done.

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How long have you been advised to rest for? It is a week to ten days

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of complete rest, and then, obviously, you would start to build

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up again. But I did it on Monday, a week before my match. I had scans

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on the Tuesday. Unfortunately, I did not have a week to rest and do

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nothing, so I was just trying to do little bits and pieces of training,

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but nothing that was enough to test it out, test myself but physically

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As soon as I felt my growing towards the end of the first set

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against David Ferrer, it just hurt me because I knew I was not going

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to be able to compete properly and that was why I was so disappointed

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and felt flat on the court and upset that that is the way that the

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year's come to an end. It is a horrible thing to pull out of

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tournaments. You feel like you're kind of letting the people down

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that you work with, and on top of that, playing in London, you feel

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that you have let a lot of people down. That is why it takes so long

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to come to a decision like this. I have spent a long time speaking

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about it today. And trying to convince myself, but carrying on

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was never going to be the right thing to do.

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You have a very short off-season, but it is now crucial for you to

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prepare as well as you can. Had you aggravated it here it could have

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been terrible, couldn't it? Little things like that can help you make

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the decision. The off season has been really important for me in the

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last three or four years. It is the only time when you can get a lot of

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physical work done and work on technical things because you have

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that extra time. If I had played on and hurt myself more I could have

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done something worse and the off season could have been messed up.

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We're only six or seven weeks away from the start of the Australian

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Open as well. SUE BARKER: That means that Janko

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Tipsarevic is in. He is up against Tomas Berdych. That is what is

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coming up this afternoon. Let us reflect on the news that Murray is

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coming out. The we think -- we thought, 10, but that was what was

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going to happen on Monday. That is why it is so disappointing for him.

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He has had such a good season and he wanted to finish on a high note

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in a fantastic event like this. It is bitterly disappointing for him

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but it is also disappointed for the fans and for us. We wanted to see

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his progression. From Tipsarevic's point of view, it is an amazing

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opportunity. He has finished number nine, the best year of his career.

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Now he has the opportunity of two matches, and he has a great record

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against Tomas Berdych. He is going to fancy his chances of getting

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through to the semi-finals. Let's just drop in on the court for

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They will take a photo and we will carry on chatting. Andy, I think it

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was the right decision for Murray because he would not be able to

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compete against the top players like that. He is right to delight.

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It is a brave decision as well because he knows he is

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disappointing everyone here. He has commitments that he would like to

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satisfy, but it is a brave decision because it is the right one. It is

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just one of those things. What you have to do is manage your schedule.

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You have to learn how to do that over the years. He is a vastly

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experienced man out on the circuit but you have to question whether he

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would have got injured. To go to Asia and Neil Furman tournaments

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and come back and satisfied the commitment in Switzerland, was that

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the right thing to do? Or should he have taken some time off? He did

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admit that yesterday - the fact that he has learned some lessons

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and he has to rest his body. think, when you reflect on him

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making his schedule, after the US Open he was probably thinking, I

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want to go for the No. 3 spot. He probably did not think he was going

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to go there and when all the tournaments. In hindsight, he has

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to learn. You see Federer and Nadal, the manager their schedule very

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well. -- they manage their schedules. It would be

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disappointing if Federer was able to overtake him as well. When you

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look at the rankings, Federer, who is looking awesome, could overtake

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Murray can take that away from them. That is the irony of this situation.

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He could lose the number three spot because of injury. It is just one

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of those things. To be honest, they are the top four in the world and

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they know it. If Federer produces tennis like that again I want to be

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there to see it. That was incredible last night. He was half

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volleying, playing with this wonderful freedom. It is like

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watching anyone who is excellent at anything that they do. I sat there

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giggling on this offer. It was great to watch. -- on the sofa.

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can ask if Nadal was at his best, but he was not allowed to be at his

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best. Federer served a double fault near the start of the match. Then

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none for the remaining two sets. Given the right conditions, he is

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still capable of beating anyone. has left so many performances

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hanging this year, hasn't he? And last year. When you think of the

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last two a US Opens for Federer, where he has had matches against

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Djokovic was I think he feels he has not had quite the return and he

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should have done since he won his last Grand Slam. That is two full

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years without a Grand Slam. Briefly, on Murray, the off season

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is so important for him. Very much so. Obviously, he needs to recover

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from the injury but then you have this one really good window of

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opportunity where you can do the bulk of your fitness work that will

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give you that foundation that will, hopefully, see you through it will

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just after Wimbledon. If you look at what Federer and Nadal did after

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the US Open, they took a big block then. People think that you finish

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this season and take your big training block at the end of the

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year. Four guys to play that well, they have to look at little windows

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of opportunity within the year. Perhaps after the US Open is a very

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good time to have a training block that will set you up for the rest

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of the year and then move into the following year. I think they will

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all be pleased it is changing next year anyway. Today, we have this

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match to look forward to. It is going to be a tough one, isn't it?

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Tipsarevic was ranked 29 at Wimbledon, he is now a number nine.

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He has gone up 40 places. It is unbelievable. He has been here for

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ten days preparing. I think it is an advantage for Tomas that he has

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been on the court already. He has been out there and he has felt the

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heat of battle and of competition. If anybody likes a big stage it is

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Janko. He is only 53011 and covered in tattoos. He plays with the same

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intelligence that he has in his mind. I am looking forward to him

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trying to get close to Berdych. We will get this match under way in

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just a moment. Ten-man Andrew are going to the commentary box. Let's

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I came to London early enough, I was practising every day and

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preparing, whether I am playing a match the day after. My daily

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routine and my regime is not going to change much now that I know I am

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officially one of the top eight. You have two matches to come,

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Berdych and Djokovic. What are your thoughts? I am aware that I am

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playing against two really tough opponents. I played Tomas a couple

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of times this year. I lost and I won. But every time I remember that

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we played really, really interesting and tough matches. So

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why am looking forward to that one tomorrow. Regarding Novak, he is

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probably one of my best friends off of the tennis court. Friendship is

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set aside for the time on court. Things will hopefully go back to

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normal after wards. He has had to wait but he will get

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his chance. Andy was talking about the big stage, not only their

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grandson's but the David Cups as well, it has been terrific for him.

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That is right. If you can play in the Davis Cup at home in front of

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20,000 people then you are safe to play anywhere. We talk about

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Berdych, I think he probably fancied his chances coming into a

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match against Murray of who had questions and injuries. Then, all

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of a sudden, you have someone coming in who is fresh and you have

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a losing record against him. It depends to his best on the day.

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certainly has the weapons, Berdych. Absolutely. I think it is a bit of

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a coin tossed to see who will come out on top here. Thank you very

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much. Now over to Andy. Thank you. Berdych has an advantage

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in terms of height. He will be trying to bring his power to bear

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So much for my theory that it might take a bit of time for Tipsarevic

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to play his way into the pace of the court and the arena. I thought

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it might be an advantage for Berdych to have played a match.

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sat on the fence in the studio and said that it was a bit of a toss of

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a coin, but after seeing those first two points, Tipsarevic looks

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After the tie-break he lost to Djokovic in his first round-robin

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match, Berdych made some of the worst mistakes he could probably

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have made in his career. This is a very disappointing start to this

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one. He has probably had enough of the Serbians. That is mum and dad

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there. He made a lot of unforced errors in the tie-break against

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Djokovic and there was no real need to hit the drive volley there, he

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could have taken his time and let The parents are getting younger

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these days, as well. Have you What is going on here? Parents are

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looking younger because you are looking... I know! Every morning I

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think the same. Is there mobile phone somewhere or something? There

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is a bit of a buzz in the arena, 27 years old from Belgrade, part of

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the winning Davis Cup team last year. What a platform it was for

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all of them. Tipsarevic and Djokovic have had wonderful years

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following that. Fantastic national pride. Two Serbians at the season-

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ending championships. Throw in Nenad Zimonjic at the doubles as

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His long-time coach, since his No doubt having Djokovic on board

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and seeing him achieving is just going to help the whole climate for

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tennis in the country, for them to win the Davis Cup. I wonder if

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Djokovic has been around -- if Djokovic had been around these last

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few years, whether Tipsarevic would His cards seem to be bigger than

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the rest of him. -- his calves. He really is a fantastic move around

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the court. There is Nenad Zimonjic, Tomas Berdych is having a bad time

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here, isn't it? He is certainly having a bad time that a lot of

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that is to do with Tipsarevic, who has really come out and in -- and

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produced an impressive first couple One player is being proactive, the

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other reactive. Tipsarevic is dictating play, moving Berdych side

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to side, coming in, knocking a off the easy forearm volleyer. --

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Really the first disappointing shot for Tipsarevic. He would have liked

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0-30 down in this game, Tomas Berdych. It is a must-win game for

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One thing you can say about the pace of this court is that, even at

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3-0 down, it is not like being down on a grass court. Slow-medium, I

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Challenge. UMPIRE: Mr Tipsarevic is

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challenging the call. ANDREW CASTLE: The lady on the line

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called it out. UMPIRE: No challenge? Second

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service. The line judge called it out so

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Berdych was asked whether he wanted to challenge.

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UMPIRE: Game, Berdych. ANDREW CASTLE: But if the umpire

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has called the score, he must have thought it was in? Anyway... 2-1 to

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Tipsarevic here. He has made a good start even though he did not take

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his 0-30 opportunity in that game. He is in for Andy Murray Cup -- in

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for Andy Murray because he is world number nine and therefore was the

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alternative. He had a very good hard-court summer season and

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tremendous indoors as well. The final full St Petersburg, lost to

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Berdych in Paris. He was a quarter- finalist at the US Open. That gave

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him an awful lot of point and he has risen from 49 to number nine.

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You can see from the US Open on words, where he made that quarter,

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he has been consistent and he has He played a fantastic match with

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Roger Federer in 2008. He lost it tented eight in the fifth set. --

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10-8. Did you play him? I don't think I did. And I am not sure I

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would have liked to. He moves well and he is relentless with his

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hitting. Very solid offer of both wings. Tipsarevic seems to be

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aiming for the bar ditch -- Berdych It is interesting that Tipsarevic

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would be going to the Berdych backhand most of the time because

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his big weapon is his forehand. It is also where he makes most of his

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errors. It is how you go to an opponent's strength that is the big

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thing. If you go to it with weakness you will be punished but

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if you go to it with strength you Was it too long? UMPIRE: Tipsarevic

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challenge as the call. -- That lady on the line was the one

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that Serena Williams had a go at at the US Open, and ended up getting

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into all sorts of trouble. You know that, if she is working here, she

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Straight back into action. I would never call a service line.

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That has to be the hardest thing. The only other person I can

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remember wearing glasses, two people, in fact, Clement was one of

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them. He also had a bandana. There UMPIRE: It is very close. I can see

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the mark. Accepting that this ball was out.

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A bit of a Perot wet here, wasn't Highways Berdych going to have an

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impression on the match? If he is going to continue serving at 25%

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first serves it is going to be a long afternoon. He has to get a few

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more first serves and get a few more Kyi points. -- a few more

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The pattern at that -- the pattern that is developing is that Berdych

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is getting the power on the ball. Tipsarevic is going to have to

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avoid getting pushed back too far. If the Serbian is too far back it

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It is long. He made the tough one When you combine this with the loss

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of control of his ground strokes in the first match, Berdych against

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Djokovic. I think Tipsarevic almost stop the point here. He played the

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shot holding the throat of the racquet. He does have racquet

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ability. He reminds me of some of the old players. A lot of racquet

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ability. Moving back to Berdych, he is six feet 5 and has a great

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service motion. He has had 19 first serves and has had four in. You

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cannot, at this level, let that happen. He has to be a bit more

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selective about where he is serving. Instead of going for the corners at

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135 mph, go straight into the body at 130 mph, take a little bit of

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pace off of it. In the rallies, Tipsarevic is moving a little bit

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better, he is controlling the ball might well and getting Berdych on

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the defensive. He has to race his level. The game is all about basics

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and doing them well. No matter whether you're playing at the local

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club or in this arena in front of 17,500 people. It is about getting

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the basics right. And about hitting the big parts of the court if you

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are struggling. Go back to the basics. Look at Federer yesterday,

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he hit 10 or 12 balls in the middle I just looked up to the screen with

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our statistics to see how Tipsarevic was serving. Maybe these

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Having just arrived in Athens for the Olympics, I went to hit some

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balls in the Olympic village. I thought, something is not quite

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right here. I started hitting balls and then realised that the service

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line was about two feet to close to I am glad I did not try to practise

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my serve. It did not going very UMPIRE: Game, Tipsarevic. Very

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impressed her. -- impressive. It will be

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interesting to see at the Olympics, not far from here next year, to see

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who's Serbia pick. I think you can and we have two players. Or is it

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three or four now? I think it is four. A maximum of four from each

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That first serve moves his Four in a row. He must be listening.

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It is all about trying to get some of them in the second set. He just

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has not really arrived in the match He is a very straight forward

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player, Tomas Berdych, and a very effective one. Always top 10,

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between 10 and 30 for his entire career. Been in the top 10

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regularly for the last two years with a magnificent run at the semi-

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final that the French last year and the final of Wimbledon last year as

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well, where he happened to beat Federer and Djokovic before losing

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to Nadal in the final. Tipsarevic is doing his best to take the ball

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early on the first serve. Second set he is trying to move in a

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little bit close up. You can see how the second serve gets up with

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the top spend. -- the top spin. Some of that writing on his left

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arm says in Japanese, beauty will Did you read when you wrap out on

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tour? -- when you were out on top? What did you read, instruction

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manuals? I have never been a prolific reader! Were you a

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computer game player? I just Tipsarevic, 5-2, serving for the

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Took a chance on second serve break You get the feeling with Tomas

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Berdych that if he had 5% more variation in his game, just a

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little bit more skill in the racket hit, he could have gone to the very

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top. He has already had a tremendous career, but not one of

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the greats. You always felt it was His coach and trainer there. Three

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So, the substitute has come in, and he is relaxed and has played very

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SUE BARKER: certainly making the most of his opportunity, Danko

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Tipsarevic. He has taken the opening set, we will be back with

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Group B is back in action tomorrow, we will have Roger Federer against

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Mardy Fish live for you on BBC tip, and in the evening Rafael Nadal

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against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. -- on BBC Two. Back to today, let's

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It is interesting, if we looked into our crystal ball and speculate

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a bit, if Tipsarevic goes on to win this match and Djokovic beats

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Ferrer tonight, you would -- it would put Tipsarevic right in the

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mid- because he will be playing Ferrer in the final match and the

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winner will go through to the semi- finals. To join Djokovic. That is

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why the round-robin format, it can get very complicated, but it is

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interesting as well. If they had come in after the second match it

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would have been all over, but he came in after the first to replace

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Andy Murray and has got a real shout. He has only got to play

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Ferrer and Berdych. It is not like playing a Federer and Nadal. He

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leads the head-to-head with the man He is not, is he? I got that wrong,

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he will have to play Djokovic. did you say? That he had to play

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for rare, but Andy Murray played Tonight it is Djokovic in action

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looking to seal the deal as Federer has done in the other group,

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When you come through these groups, you want to come through as

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champion because you then played the runner up from the other group.

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The other group is pretty strong. It will probably be Federer-a dull,

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-- Federer-Nadal, though the Tsonga match is important there. That is a

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winner-takes-all, Nadal against Tsonga. After Federer of defeating

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Nadal last night, everyone is saying song there is in with a good

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shout. Of course he is, but you have to start with Nadal as

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favourite. -- St song there is in UMPIRE: Game, Berdych.

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A better start to this set for Berdych, and that is exactly what

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he was after. He made a poor start to the match and never recovered in

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the first set, but that is much better. Back to basics for him. He

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is the natural attributes, natal set of scales, 6 ft 5, the

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athleticism, the ground strokes, the server, you would never call a

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Wimbledon finalist an under- achiever, would you? Certainly not,

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and when his game is on he is one of the most dangerous because he

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has that power. You saw it for large parts of the match against

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Djokovic, he was the one dictating. Unfortunately in that third set

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tie-break I think he almost lacked belief in those shops and suddenly

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the unforced errors crept in. -- in And that is good. It is a winner.

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Wow! He had the width of the line to aim

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at, and he found it. Using all the dimensions of the court, aren't

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they? The entire playing area. That That is a strange NICE, isn't it?

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great served by Tipsarevic out wide. On the women's tour, coaches can

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come out and talk to the players. Somehow, you feel it would really

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benefit Berdych if he could get I think I would sit down with him

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and tell him to play better, as UMPIRE: Mr Tipsarevic is

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challenging the call. I thought that look in. -- looked

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Errors on the forehand side. They have these lovely double-handed

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Two are really strong, heavy, muscular second serves 2 finish

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that game. Tipsarevic just guilty of backing off a little bit. I met

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that man on the left this morning. I have forgotten his name. He is in

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the theatrical version of The Railway Children.

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Tipsarevic has to stay in. You have to take the ball back from a big

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guy before the spin takes it away. That's right. You can get mishits

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and that sets a Berdych for another point. Certainly, when he is

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getting on the front foot, he is dominating some of these rallies

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from the baseline. I think if he can eliminate some of these

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unforced errors there -- Berdych It is an intense part of this

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particular match. Remember, both players are looking for their first

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win in this stage. Tipsarevic is the alternate, taking over from

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That was a good punch from Tipsarevic. Tipsarevic was able to

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hit the two-handed backhand into Tipsarevic just had one scare

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serving for the first set. Apart from that, he has looked very solid,

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no other break points in any other service games. Now his chance to

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UMPIRE: Mr Tipsarevic is challenging the call.

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We have seen a lot of shots right He has his towel delivered by one

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of these ball kids. There were 2,500 applications. Just over 100

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of the applicants were selected to come to London. Boris Becker helped

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to select them. The whole staging of the event is magnificent, isn't

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it? First-class. Www.barclaysballkids.com Is the

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address if you want to have a try for next year.

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There will be a negotiation after next year to see if the tournament

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will stay in London or if it is going to go elsewhere. If you look

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at the schedule, this tournament will start the day after Paris next

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year. Moving forward, if the event is still taking place in Paris, it

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will be quite difficult to put this event in Brazil if you have to take

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players from the final of Paris to another continent for the next day.

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And Brazil are the only other competition at the moment, as bad

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as you know? I do not know, is the honest answer. I am sure there will

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The women's tour, the season-ending championships, are in Istanbul

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three weeks prior to this, which gives a much long off-season. -- a

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That forehand from Berdych, I don't know what he is trying to achieve.

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If it is a rally in shot, there is no way a player of his calibre can

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miss by eight feet. It is an First point of the game, as well. I

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With this point it was the right idea. He will be disappointed to

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have missed the drop volley, but it It is a tidy game but it was set up

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by that huge missed forehand, wasn't it? That forehand that

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ballooned over the net, miles out. You've really want to get stuck

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into a game, and at this level you cannot give the server start.

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Tipsarevic has only lost two. On his serve in this set. -- two

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Important point and with the extra effort, the extra decibels on the

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ground there from Tipsarevic... -- on the grunt. Do you think he does

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that to send a message to his opponent? He is trying, isn't he?

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Credit to Berdych on those two points. He made some unforced

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errors but he backed himself to go UMPIRE: It was inside, yes. Inside

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ANDREW CASTLE: He is right again. So, the season-ending finals

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welcome Janko Tipsarevic. Andy Murray pulled out, Tipsarevic came

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in and he is playing a good match. Berdych hanging on, it is a must

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win for both players. A look back at the history of this great event

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which has landed in London and will be here for two years. You can see

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that the decades have been dominated. Federer is trying to

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make it six wins it. The record for qualifying for the top eight, this

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year end showdown, Andre Agassi, 14 times he qualified. Amazing.

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Nastase, a four time when of this event in the seventies. Boris

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Becker won three times, it was his birthday yesterday. John McEnroe

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and others will be at the Royal Albert Hall next week. Tim Henman

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will be there as well. I'm sure there are still tickets left.

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Starting on Wednesday night. Saturday night I was meant to play

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against Greg Rusedski but he has had problems with his foot and has

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had to pull out. Unfortunately for me, they have flown in the

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Tim Henman, a qualifier for this event on two a occasions, in

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You are quite right, Andrew, talking about how a return is

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trying to get into a service game, the first serve is always important.

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He cannot afford to give away donations at this stage in the

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He is very quick to find eye- contact, the umpire. I like the way

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he does it. The players like it, He could have left that one, you

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feel. But he elected to play what He hits the forehand down the line,

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scoops up from Tipsarevic. It could have been a leave, couldn't it? It

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looked like it was just going wide. Back to level in the game, can he

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That is very well played. He does not back off. Sometimes errors,

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sometimes fine, false or play. A delicate balance, isn't it? -- Fine

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It isn't hard to see why he beat Federer and Djokovic at Wimbledon

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last year and made the final. was the type of tennis he was

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playing, sensing his opportunity to I don't think you would call it

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coaching, would you? You would call it encouragement. No coaching

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allowed from outside the court. Tipsarevic way out. And then went

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UMPIRE: Game, Berdych. New balls, There is the break. Perfect timing

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from him. I like his body language as well. Although he has not played

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his best in this match, you see the intensity. He made this forehand

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pass. See the way he was watching the

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ball there? He knew that Tipsarevic was coming in. The last thing you

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want to do is Nissan give it away. That was good, professional play.

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You get the feeling he would like to see a backhand sometimes. I mean,

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Serving for the set with new tennis Again, serving for a set, serving

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for a match, it is the basics - first serves, look for the

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opportunities to dictate with your UMPIRE: Game and second set,

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Berdych. It is one set each here at the

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World Tour files. SUE BARKER: And we are ready for

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the decider. If you are watching on BBC Two we are coming to the end of

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our transmission at 3:45pm. If you want to continue watching it will

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be available on the be BCH the Channel and the red button. Just a

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final reminder of the groups. Both Berdych and Tipsarevic are looking

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for their first win here. Novak Djokovic and David Ferrer both have

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a win it -- each in the tournament. Tomorrow we will see Roger Federer

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up against Mardy Fish. And then the winner of the Nadal and Tsonga

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match will go through to the final. Just over ten minutes until we

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change channels. Thank you, Sue. A third set here

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and, with a bit of luck, it will be a good one. Berdych has shown good

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determination, good grip. It was a fine comeback for him after losing

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to Djokovic the other night, when he got really tight. Berdych is

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hoping to bring some of his experience to bear on Janko

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Tipsarevic. An easier time for Tomas' mum and dad. His dad was a

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railway engineer and his mum was a doctor. Their little boy, though he

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has grown up a bit now, won all these junior competitions. They

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moved to a town where there were good tennis coaches and a better

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set up. To move away from among the age of 12 or 13, it is a price to

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pay. -- away from home. Tomas Berdych is leaping up and down and

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ready to receive this Tipsarevic The umpire is having a little chat

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up with some of the technical staff who have rigged up this court. They

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have sensors and little lights that go off. Back to business. A hold of

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He is playing a simple game now, isn't he? Top spin on at forehand.

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Berdych staying down on the ball. Watch the racquet head going

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There has been this momentum shift in the match. In the first set it

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was Tipsarevic that was dictating the.. Now the roles have been

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reversed, Berdych -- Tipsarevic that was dictating the points. Now

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the roles are reversed, Berdych is Lays her-like accuracy now. --

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UMPIRE: Game, Berdych. The man from the Czech Republic

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makes it 1-1. SUE BARKER: That is it, we have

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Live coverage of the afternoon singles match from the star-studded tournament at London's O2 Arena. Last year's beaten finalist Rafael Nadal is among those bidding to emerge victorious as the tennis season draws to a close for the year.

Presented by Sue Barker. Commentators are Andrew Castle and Tim Henman.


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