Found January 22, 2013 on Tennis Grand Stand:
Djokovic timed his swings exquisitely for most of a four-set quarterfinal win. Never having lost to quarterfinal opponent Tomas Berdych on a hard court, world #1 Novak Djokovic must have brought plenty of confidence into their encounter.  Questions surrounded the defending champion’s condition following his narrow escape from Stanislas Wawrinka in the previous round.  But he laid those questions to rest emphatically with a largely crisp four-set victory over a top-eight rival, advancing 6-1 4-6 6-1 6-4. Evincing no traces of fatigue from his five-hour marathon, Djokovic wasted little time in setting to work upon his more heralded opponent.  Although Berdych held serve to start the match, the Serb reeled off six straight games from there with a blizzard of imaginative shot-making.  Nearly every area of the defending champion’s game sparkled, even the drop shots with which he often struggles and a side-spinning backhand slice that he rarely uses.  Especially notable, though, was his a...
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