Djokovic beats Berdych and wins Dubai 2013 title

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Top seed Novak Djokovic needed two sets to overcome Berdych in Dubai 2013 final and conquer the tournament for the fourth time.

World No. 1 Djokovic lifted his fourth Dubai Tennis Championships trophy after beating his final challenger Tomas Berdych for the thirteenth time in his career – while losing only once – and for the second time this year – the Serb also prevailed in quarter-final of Australian Open last month. He has now recorded his eighteenth straight victory and is undefeated since October 2012.

As he admitted in his post-match interview, he has not played as good as in previous days, but he patiently waited for his chances which ultimately came. Even so, Nole was the first of the players to concede a loss of serve – the third seed Czech prepared and converted a break ball at 2-2. He succeeded to confirm the break, yet Djokovic was back in the game by 4-4. The top-ranked Serb champion then averted three break point chances in the following service game before grabbing his second break as well as the opening set in the twelfth game.

In the second set a crowd of 5,000 could see solid serving and a close race until 4-3 when the top seed took advantage of his only break point opportunity in that part of the game – he was thus serving for the Dubai title right after that. Berdych almost broke back at 30-40, yet Nole turned the game around and celebrated a 7-5, 6-3 victory after tucking away the second match ball.

Djokovic served 8 aces (Berdych 5), he was better in winning first serve points (81%-71%) and he saved four out of five break balls in one hour and thirty-five minutes of play.

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