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Djokovic unimpressive in 3 set win over Berdych.

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Novak Djokovic pulled off one of the more unlikely victories of his sensational year in his opening match against Tomas Berdych at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London. The Serb, whose fitness had been in doubt prior to the tournament, lost the first four games, and subsequently the set, and then fought back from a break down in the decider, saving a match point before winning a tie-break to triumph 3-6 6-3 7-6 (7/3). Djokovic said: “All the credit to his game, it was an incredible match, throughout most of the match he was the better player. I was hanging in there and I managed to get the win in the end.” The 24-year-old’s incredible year began to catch up with him after his US Open final win over Rafael Nadal in September. A back injury sustained during a Davis Cup clash with Juan Martin Del Potro forced him to miss the Asian swing while he came into the tournament nursing a shoulder problem that forced him out of the Paris Masters two weeks ago. In contrast, Berdych, making his second consecutive appearance at the O2 Arena, has been in fine fettle and reached the semi-finals in Paris after a stunning win over Andy Murray. The Czech was therefore backed by many to give Djokovic a tough night but even the man himself would surely have been shocked to find himself 4-0 up. The world number one did not help himself by double-faulting on his first service point but mostly he was just being outhit.

Djokovic has not won 10 titles this year by letting his head go down, though, and the precision of his shots began to tempt Berdych into going for too much.

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