By Jaclyn Stacey
(January 22, 2013) MELBOURNE PARK, Australia - Novak Djokovic progressed through to the Australian Open semifinals after winning his quarterfinal match against fifth seed Tomas Berdych 6-1, 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 in two hours and 31 minutes on Tuesday night.
Djokovic is guaranteed to retain his No. 1 ranking at the end of the tournament after advancing to the semifinals. Had he lost on Tuesday, Roger Federer would have had the opportunity to regain the No. 1 ranking if he had gone on to win the title.
Djokovic played with a lot more rhythm than he did against Stanislas Wawrinka in the epic five set encounter on Sunday night, hitting the ball cleaner and playing consistently aggressive. He smothered Berdych’s big serve, taking the initiative and shutting down the balls quickly.
It was clear Djokovic wanted to get the match over and done with in rapid fashion so as to avoid a repeat of his last round. He raced to a 6-1 first set in 28 minutes as Berdych struggled to make...