Djokovic beats Berdych for fourth Dubai title


Novak Djokovic defeated Tomas Berdych to win the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.

The world number one, who won this event in 2009, 2010 and 2011 and has yet to lose this year, saw off his third seeded opponent 7-5 6-3 in one hour and 34 minutes.

The first set went with serve until the fifth game, which Berdych took with a tremendous crosscourt volley.

However, the Czech found the net with a gaping court in front of him to give Djokovic the break back in the eighth game.

Djokovic had two break points in the 12th game and took the first of them to clinch the set in 51 minutes.

The first seven games of the second set went with serve but then Djokovic made the decisive breakthrough and held the following game to wrap up the victory.

The Serbian, receiving the trophy and cheque for 429,600 US dollars (£285,000), said afterwards: “I had a good feeling and good vibe about the tournament.

“There are always three or four top 10 players participating here. I enjoy competing for this trophy.”

Berdych told the post-match presentation: “I didn’t have enough today [Saturday]. Novak was too good today [Saturday] and deserved to win.

“I’ll try to work hard to improve. I’d like to come back here for many years and fight for victory.