At Wimbledon 2010, Novak Djokovic competed in his eighth Major semifinal against Tomas Berdych in a matchup for the title. The 24-year-old Czech utilized the momentum from his quarterfinal victory against Roger Federer to upset Novak in the first Major final with a score of 6-3, 7-6, 6-3.
With 34 wins and 17 unforced errors, Tomas defeated Novak for the first time in three meetings. He was able to control the match’s tempo and win in straight sets. Speaking about the match two months later at the US Open, Novak claimed that he played a dumb match, spending the majority of the time defending and without taking any chances against a fierce, high-caliber opponent.
In order to sustain the pressure on the opposing team, Berdych saved three of four break chances and outscored Djokovic by 22 points. The Serb encountered problems with the second serve throughout that season, finishing his run in the semifinals with three breaks and eight double faults.
Tomas dominated his strokes and won the vital points to maintain his title chances. He had 41 service wins and held the advantage in shorter rallies of up to four strokes. With a 3-2 break in the first set, Berdych made the first difference by taking advantage of a Djokovic forehand error to take the lead after only 21 minutes.
The set was extended by Novak in game eight, and after 33 minutes, Tomas won it with a forehand winner to make the score 6-3. In the fourth game of the second set, Berdych saved a break point with a forehand and held after two deuces to maintain his service.
When the score was tied at 5-5 in game five, Djokovic made a terrible blunder and lost the match. For the first time ever, Tomas erred by forehanding the ball on Novak’s third break opportunity, which resulted in a tie break and prevented him from serving for the set.
Sinner discusses Djokovic.
Jannik Sinner recently reflected on his thrilling five-set match against Novak Djokovic in an interview with the Italian daily newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport. “Naturally, I give it some thought, and after a few days of irritability, I made an effort to see the bright side.
If Nole hadn’t raised the ante, things might have taken a different turn. Finally, it almost seems as though I have collapsed, but actually, he is the one who has transported me to an other dimension. When I lost against Djokovic, I remembered that I didn’t pass out; instead, he entered another world. I’m maturing. I want to go all the way in New York, “said the sinner.