Djokovic cool despite heavy defeat
Originally published on: 26/02/10 13:00
The Serb, the 2008 champion at Melbourne Park, was thrashed 6-1 6-2 in the build-up event to the season-opening grand slam.
“The results don’t really matter,” Djokovic said. “The main point of my participation here is to get a good practice, get some points and games before the Australian Open, which is of course my main priority.”
He added: “I didn’t feel good on the court. He played well but I made way too many unforced errors, and that’s it.”
Verdasco will meet Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the final after the Frenchman’s scheduled opponent Juan Martin del Potro pulled out with an elbow injury.
Meanwhile, Fernando Gonzalez defeated Germany’s Tommy Haas 6-2 6-4, Croatian Ivan Ljubicic beat Robin Soderling, who retired hurt, while Andy Murray accounted for American Sam Querrey 6-4 6-1 in an exhibition match.