Radek Stepanek: 'Novak Djokovic can be beaten'

Novak Djokovic celebrates defeating Radek Stepanek in the third round at the Australian Open tennis championship on January 18, 2013
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Radek Stepanek says that the key to beating Novak Djokovic is to serve well and "play something different".

Czech number two Radek Stepanek has offered compatriot Tomas Berdych some advice ahead of his Australian Open quarter-final clash with Novak Djokovic.

The 34-year-old lost in straight sets to Djokovic in the third round, but believes that there is a way to beat the reigning champion.

"I think to beat him the way to play is to serve really well, hold your service games and distract his game from the back because his game from the back is, as I said, the best in the world," said Stepanek.

"Play something different. If you play ordinary tennis like everybody does, hitting from the back of the court, he's going to get you sooner or later."

Berdych has beaten the world number one just once in their 12 previous meetings.

Serbia's Novak Djokovic in action against Ryan Harrison during the second round of the Australian Open tennis championship on January 16, 2013
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