Djokovic beats Berdych 6-3, 6-4 to reach Shanghai Masters final

The Associated Press
Associated Press

SHANGHAI - Novak Djokovic moved into his 10th final of the season Saturday after beating fourth-seeded Tomas Berdych 6-3, 6-4 in the semifinals of the Shanghai Masters.

Djokovic is looking for his fifth title of the year and second straight after winning in Beijing last week.

Against Berdych, he hit 25 winners and converted all three of his break points to improve his head-to-head record against the Czech player to 10-1.

It was Djokovic's tour-leading 69th victory of the year.

"Movement today was very important from my side, to be on a very high level so I can try to get into the longer rallies where I find more chances on my side to win the rallies," Djokovic said. "(I) played tactically right. I was putting a lot of returns into the court, making a lot of pressure on his serve."

Djokovic rushed out to a 5-1 lead in the first set, but when serving for the set at 5-2 was broken for the only time in the one hour, 25 minute-long match.

In the second set, Djokovic broke the Berdych serve in the third game and carried that advantage to win the match.

"First of all I need to give credit to Novak, he started really like a champion," Berdych said. "He started really, really great, and didn't give me a chance at all."

Djokovic will play the winner of the other semifinal between top-ranked Roger Federer and No. 3 Andy Murray.