Novak Djokovic will be hoping he has enough left in the tank to see off Tomas Berdych in Tuesday's Australian Open quarter-final.
Djokovic's chances of winning a fourth Australian Open title have definitely been hindered by his gruelling five hour clash with Stanislas Wawrinka in the fourth round. Assuming he gets through to the final he'll probably have to beat Berdych, David Ferrer and then either Andy Murray
or Roger Federer
to win the title, a tough ask on already weary legs.
Straight after the Wawrinka match, Djokovic
insisted that he'll be able to recover for Tuesday in time. And we shouldn't doubt this man's energy reserves because after all, he recovered from a similar length clash with Murray last year to beat Nadal over 6 hours two days on.
"Last year after the whole tournament, last year I was definitely exhausted, you know, after the whole tournament," Djokovic reminisced. "But tonight there is no doubt I'm not very fresh. It's normal to expect after five hours of play. But still I've been in those situations before. I know I can recover. I know I have it in me. I wasn't too much worried about the physical part. I was ready for it. I was ready to go the distance, and I've done so. Hopefully I can take that day off tomorrow and recover for quarters."
However he does have the advantage of knowing that he's won eleven of his twelve matches against Berdych and he beat the Czech in straight sets in the Australian Open
quarters two years ago.
Berdych though, will have watched the Djokovic-Wawrinka match and he will have noticed that Djokovic was feeling his back a lot during the fifth set. So he'll be coming into this one with even more belief than usual that he can pull off the upset.
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