|Posted on November 8, 2011 at 11:00 AM|
Verdasco Beats Cilic To Set Up Berdych ClashATP Staff | 7 November 2011Spaniard Fernando Verdasco will meet fifth seed Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic in the BNP Paribas Masters second round, after the World No. 23 beat Croatia's Marin Cilic 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 on Monday. It was Verdasco's 36th match win of the year, while Cilic ends the year with a 44-2 mark (1-3 in ATP World Tour finals). Berdych is close to qualifying for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, which begins on 20 November.
H2H Tomas Berdych vs Fernando Verdasco
Order of Play - Tuesday, November 8, 2011
CENTRAL COURT - Matches Start At: 11:00 am
Tomas BERDYCH (CZE) vs Fernando VERDASCO (ESP)
Michael LLODRA (FRA) vs Feliciano LOPEZ (ESP)
Andy RODDICK (USA) vs Julien BENNETEAU (FRA)
Colin FLEMING (GBR)/Jamie MURRAY (GBR) vs FelicianoLOPEZ (ESP)/Fernando VERDASCO (ESP)
PARIS TUESDAY PREVIEW
No. 5 Seed Berdych looks to close in on London spot
First on Central Court is No. 5 seed Tomas Berdych against Spain’s Fernando Verdasco, a second round match. After a first round bye, Berdych is now two wins away from qualifying for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals - the Czech will qualify if he reaches the quarter-finals here (see scenarios on pg. 2) While Verdasco did beat one of the most in-form players out there in the first round, Marin Cilic, Berdych has a strong 8-4 lead in their head-to-head - also, Berdych has won their last six hard court meetings, including a 61 60 rout in over an hour in Beijing just a few weeks ago (where he was broken in the first game then won 12 straight games).
• The 26-year-old Czech Republic native is making his seventh straight appearance (13-5 record) and he made his debut in 2005, capturing the title (d. Ljubicic in five sets)…The next year advanced to the quarter-finals (l. to Hrbaty)
• Has never lost in the opening round in his six previous showings in Bercy
W: Beijing (d Cilic); SF: Chennai (l Wawrinka); Dubai (l Djokovic); Nice (l Almagro); Halle (l Petzschner); Bastad (l Soderling); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Cincinnati (l Djokovic); QF: Australian Open (l Djokovic); Rotterdam (W/O vs Tsonga); Marseille (l Cilic); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami (l Nadal); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid (l Bellucci); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Rome (l Gasquet); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Montreal (l Tipsarevic)
2011 in Review:
• The top player from the Czech Republic has a 48-20 match record (32-12 on hard) this season and he’s coming off a first round loss last week to Kei Nishikori in Basel…It was only his second opening round loss in 21 tournaments this year (Roland Garros, l. to Stephane Robert 9-7 in fifth set)
• He is trying to secure a spot in the season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London for the second straight year…Stands No. 6 this week in ATP year-to-date points rankings
• Last month he captured his sixth career ATP World Tour title in Beijing (d. Cilic), his first title since Munich in May 2009…Has a 6-6 career mark in finals
• He’s also reached six semi-finals, three have come on hard courts – Chennai in January, Dubai in late February and ATP Masters 1000 Cincinnati in August (ret. vs. Djokovic due to shoulder injury)
• He opened the year with a semi-final in Chennai (l. to Wawrinka) and followed with quarter-final efforts at the Aust. Open (l. to Djokovic), Rotterdam (W/O vs. Tsonga) and Marseille in February (l. to Cilic)
• Also 4th Rd. at Wimbledon (l. to Fish) and 3rd Rd. at US Open (ret. vs. Tipsarevic w/shoulder injury)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 History:
• Has an 88-60 career match record and his best result was the title in Paris in 2005 (d. No. 10 Ljubicic in five sets)…Also runner-up in Miami last year (l. to Roddck) and semi-finalist four other times – ’06 Madrid, ’07 Monte-Carlo, ’08 Miami, and Cincinnati in August.
Berdych on Song
BNP PARIBAS MASTERS 2011
Berdych Closing On London Finals Spot
ATP NEWS | 8 November 2011
Tomas Berdych is guaranteed to qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals if he wins one more match at the BNP Paribas Masters in Paris. The Czech is also one victory shy of 50 match wins this year (49-20 record).
The fifth seed and 2005 champion advanced to the third round on Tuesday when he beat Fernando Verdasco 6-3, 7-5 in one hour and 46 minutes. He will next meet either Serbian No. 11 seed Janko Tipsarevic or American Alex Bogomolov Jr.
Berdych first served for the match at 5-4, but squandered four match point opportunities. He broke Verdasco's serve to 30 at 5-5 and kept his nerve to record his seventh straight hard-court win over his Spanish opponent.
ATP Homepage of Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Berdych edges closer to finals with victory over Verdasco
November 8, 2011
(CNN) -- Czech Tomas Berdych is just one win away from securing his place in the ATP World Tour Finals in London later this month after beating Spain's Fernando Verdasco in straight sets in the second round of the Paris Masters.
Fifth seed Berdych went through 6-3 7-5 and a last 16 victory against either 11th seed Janko Tipsarevic or Alex Bogomolov will ensure he becomes the sixth player to qualify for the season-ending climax on November 20.
Berdych beats Verdasco to advance in Paris Masters
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Tomas Berdych is just one win away from securing a berth in the ATP World Tour Finals after edging Fernando Verdasco of Spain 6-3, 7-5. The 2005 Paris champion won five straight games in the first set to rally from a 3-1 deficit, hitting 12 winners to only three for Verdasco. Berdych broke the Spaniard twice for a 5-2 lead in the second set but wasted four match points to let Verdasco tie at 5-5. But the fifth-seeded Czech broke Verdasco again with a forehand pass before clinching victory with a crosscourt backhand winner.
Tomas team and new girlfriend Ester in the audience
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2005 winner first man into third round
Tomas Berdych lived up to his No.5 seed with a straight-sets defeat of Fernando Verdasco on Tuesday morning.
08/11/11 | Official website tournament
Former champion Tomas Berdych just about lived up to his No.5 seed with a straight-sets yet nervy defeat of Fernando Verdasco on Tuesday morning.
The 2005 champion should have been done and dusted in 75 minutes, but Verdasco, who had come from behind to defeat another tall hard-hitter Marin Cilic yesterday, rallied in the later stages. Berdych’s service failed to click throughout, with every second effort failing to find the target, but those that did land in were effective, right up until he served for the match at 5-2. Verdasco battled back to break, and for a brief moment it looked as if the crowd was in for a thriller, but the Spaniard then had woes of his own on his delivery, serving up a fourth double fault to give the Czech two match points.
Verdasco saved them both (one with an ace), then at 5-4, Berdych was denied a second time. The Spaniard saved another three match points to break back, but as soon as he was level, the pressure seemed to change camps. Berdych broke to 15, then finally served out to win 6-3, 7-5 (thanks to an ace that clipped the outside of the line).
The Czech is now one win away from qualifying for the ATP World Tour Finals, while Verdasco will have to hope that Albert Costa finds a slot for him in the Spain Davis Cup final team to face Argentina in 10 days time if his 2011 season is to continue.