Both players started the match with confidence, holding serve until play was interrupted due to rain, with Tipsarevic serving at 2-3 30-30. After the play suspension, the world no. 9 saved a break point in the sixth game to level the score at 3-3. In the following game, Tipsarevic had 3 chances to break, but failed to convert any of them. Djokovic then went on to take his opponent’s serve in the last game of the set to close it out 6-4. The world no. 2 hit 14 winners and 19 unforced errors, while the world no. 9 hit 6 winners and 16 unforced errors. Both players had a 100% net points conversion, Djokovic won 5/5 net points and Tipsarevic 2/2.
At the beginning of the second set, Djokovic stepped up a notch and showed his dominance, breaking Tipsarevic twice to cruise to a 6-1 win. The stats from set two tell us that Djokovic hit 10 winners and 9 unforced errors, while Tipsarevic produced 7 winners and 15 unforced errors.
Djokovic will now play Frenchman Richard Gasquet in the final. The Serbian has a winning record of 6-1 in their previous encounters. Gasquet defeated American John Isner to book his place in the final.
The Serbian was frustrated because of the rain delay “I don’t see any reason why hard court tournament don’t have covers on their courts,” he said. “And I think this tournament, after this years’ experience should strongly consider covers for next year. If they inflate the covers, like they do on Wimbledon for example, it saves us time.”