Berdych: We aren't waiting for Djokovic to lose


Australian Open hopeful Tomas Berdych denied he and the entire ATP Tour are waiting for world number one Novak Djokovic to lose after Gilles Simon came out and suggested otherwise on Sunday.

Simon pushed Djokovic in a 6-3 6-7 (1-7) 6-4 4-6 6-3 fourth-round thriller at Melbourne Park, with the Frenchman later claiming he had the support of the whole locker room owing to the defending Australian Open champion's dominance.

But despite Djokovic's lofty standing in the game, Czech sixth seed Berdych insisted that was not the case.

"Wow. Definitely not. Not in my eyes," Berdych said when asked if everyone is waiting for Djokovic to lose.

"That's quite a tough call to say. I'm going to try to do the best possible I can to beat him, but that's it.

"With all the respect to him, how well he's playing, what he's able to achieve, that's just how good he is.

"But I don't really have that thought what Gilles said."

Berdych was speaking after a tough five-setter of his own, which he won 4-6 6-4 6-3 1-6 6-3 against Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut.

The last-16 battle saw the two-time Australian Open semi-finalist through to a sixth successive quarter-final in Melbourne.

"It's always kind of a fight with Roberto," Berdych added. "He improved quite well in the last couple of months, playing some good tennis. It was not an easy one.

"I'm pleased with the way I handled the match. I was playing well tactically with the right game plan. It was a good challenge for me."