'Novak Djokovic's thirst for records will motivate him to...', says analyst



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'Novak Djokovic's thirst for records will motivate him to...', says analyst

Novak Djokovic was a player to beat in the final stretch of the 2012 season. The Serb reached the fifth consecutive ATP final in Shanghai after beating Tomas Berdych 6-3, 6-4 in one hour and 26 minutes. It was Novak's 23rd Masters 1000 final, leaving Andre Agassi with 22 and chasing Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, who preceded him.

Djokovic knocked down Berdych for the eighth consecutive time and improved his record against the Czech to 10-1. The Serb gave up 15 points in ten service games and pushed his rival's second serve to the limit to get three breaks in as many chances.

Berdych stayed in touch in the shorter, more advanced rallies, and Djokovic took the win in the middle-distance rallies. The Serb hit 25 winners and 19 unforced errors, and did everything right on court to earn a spot in the final.

Novak held the opening game with a forehand winner and created a break chance in game two with a volley winner. Tomas made a backhand error to experience a break and fall behind. Djokovic fired three winners in game five to open a 4-1 gap and earned another break chance in the next with a forehand crosscourt winner.

Berdych played another loose backhand to trail 5-1. Novak wasted a set point in game seven with a double fault. Following Novak's volley error, Tomas converted the second break chance to extend the set.

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While Rafael Nadal's recent success in Australia will spur his great rival Novak Djokovic on, the Serb's brief hiatus from competitive tennis could prove detrimental to his game in the immediate future, according to his biographer Simone Eterno.

The author felt that while Djokovic's thirst for records will motivate him to go the extra mile, the unwelcome break may impact the Serb's precision on the court. "Psychologically I don't think it's a problem, tennis inactivity will be.

Returning to the field after a long stop and being immediately competitive at a high level is difficult even if your name is Djokovic," Eterno said. "From a mental point of view, I have no doubts, on the contrary, I believe that Nadal's victory in Australia and the Majorcan's streak of success on hard court has recharged Djokovic's thirst for records even more.

Instead, I have doubts on the tennis level: having played little will give us a Djokovic to test and maybe vulnerable, as we saw him in Dubai. So his run to the Grand Slam record and the double over Nadal may not be that easy," he added.