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2011 Paris Masters Semi-Finals: Tomas Berdych vs Roger Federer

Posted on November 12, 2011 at 2:00 PM







 

Three Top 10 players and an unseeded player at No. 25 having the best ATP World Tour Masters 1000 week of his career will all take Central Court at the Palais Omnisports on Saturday in the semi-finals of the BNP Paribas Masters.


First up is No. 3 seed Roger Federer against No. 5 seed Tomas Berdych. The two have had very different histories with this tournament: for Federer this is the only current ATP Masters 1000 tournament he has not been to the finals of (this is his ninth time playing here and in his second semi-final - he made the SF last year, l. to Gael Monfils after holding five match points); for Berdych this is the only ATP Masters 1000 tournament he has ever won (back as a 20 year old in 2005).


Federer leads the pair’s head-to-head, 9-4, but Berdych has won three of their past four meetings, including their only 2011 meeting (Berdych won in the quarter-finals of Cincinnati, 62 76(3), never even letting Federer get a look at a break point and attacking Federer’s second serve - the Swiss won just 25% of his second serve points). Berdych beat No. 3-ranked Andy Murray in Friday’s quarter-finals and now he faces the No. 4-ranked Federer - he has beaten two Top 5 players at the same tournament once before (beating Federer and Novak Djokovic in the quarters and semis of Wimbledon last year, before falling to then- No. 1 Rafael Nadal in the final).

 



 
 

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H2H Tomas Berdych vs Roger Federer

 
 
 
 

Order of Play - Saturday, November 12, 2011


CENTRAL COURT - Matches Start At: 11:45


Max MIRNYI (BLR)/Daniel NESTOR (CAN) vs Rohan BOPANNA (IND)/Aisam-Ul-Haq QURESHI (PAK)

Not Before 2:00 PM

Roger FEDERER (SUI) vs Tomas BERDYCH (CZE)

Not Before 5:00 PM

Jo-Wilfried TSONGA (FRA) vs John ISNER (USA)

followed by

Julien BENNETEAU/Nicolas MAHUT (FRA) vs Santiago GONZALEZ (MEX)/Christopher KAS (GER)





 

BERDYCH FASTFACTS


Tournament Highlights:


• The 26-year-old Czech Republic native is into the semi-finals for the second time in his seventh straight appearance (16-5 record)….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)

• In first three rounds, defeated former Top 10 Spaniard Fernando Verdasco 63 75, No. 11 seed Janko Tipsarevic 75 64 and No. 2 seed Andy Murray 46 76(5) 64 in 3 hrs., 13 min. (saving 15 of 17 brk. pts.)

• Has broken opponents 12 times (of 37 games), most of semi-finalists while losing his serve eight times (saved 22 of 30 break points)



2011 Highlights:


W: Beijing (d Cilic); SF (6): Chennai (l Wawrinka); Dubai (l Djokovic); Nice (l Almagro); Halle (l Petzschner); Bastad (l Soderling); ATP Masters 1000 Cincinnati (l Djokovic); QF (7): Aust. 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 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 51-20 match record (35-12 on hard) this season and he’s appearing in his eighth semi-final or better this season….His 51 match wins is a career-high (previous best was 48 in ’06)…Has a 4-6 mark vs. Top 10 opponents this year and prior to his Friday win over No. 3 Murray, his last win came over No. 7 Tsonga in the semi-finals of Beijing last month

• He secured a spot in the season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London for the second straight year on Thursday…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 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’s also reached six other 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 91-60 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

• Appearing in his eighth ATP Masters 1000 SF (2-5 record)







FEDERER FASTFACTS


Tournament Highlights:


• The Swiss superstar is appearing in his second semi-final with a 13-7 career record…He opened with a 62 63 win over French wild card Adrian Mannarino on Wednesday and followed with a 62 64 victory over No. 16 seed Richard Gasquet on Thursday and 63 75 over Juan Monaco in QFs

• Has held serve 27 of 29 games (93%) and broken opponents 10 times (converting 10 of 17 brk. pts)

• Last year he reached his first semi-final, falling to Gael Monfils in three tie-breaks (held five match pts.)

• His previous best results were three quarter-finals – in 2002 (l. to Hewitt), ‘03 (l. to Henman) and ‘08 (w/o to Blake)…He also reached the 3rd Rd. in 2007 (l. to eventual champ Nalbandian)



2011 Highlights:


W (2): Doha (d Davydenko); Basel (d Nishikori); F (2): Dubai (l Djokovic); Roland Garros (l Nadal); SF (5): Aust. Open (l Djokovic); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Indian Wells (l Djokovic); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami (l Nadal); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid (l Nadal); US Open (l Djokovic); QF (3): ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Monte Carlo (l Melzer); Wimbledon (l Tsonga); ATP Masters 1000 Cincinnati (l Berdych)



2011 in Review:


• The Swiss native has a 57-12 match record this year (39-7 on hard) and he’s into the semi-finals or better for the 10th time in 15 tournaments

• He has 800 career match wins in ATP World Tour level play and he’s the seventh player with at least 800 wins…Next on the list to pass: No. 6 Stefan Edberg (806)

• He’s won 50-more matches for 10 straight years and coming off his second ATP World Tour title of the season in his hometown of Basel last Sunday (d. Nishikori), the first since opening week of the season in Doha…It was his fifth Basel title

• He is playing in his second tournament since the US Open semi-finals (l. to Djokovic in five sets) on Sept. 10…His last match prior to this week was Sept. 18 when he defeated Aussie Bernard Tomic in four sets in a Davis Cup World Group playoff tie in Sydney

• He has won at least one ATP World Tour title for 11 straight years, best among active players along with Roddick…Has a 68-30 career finals record…His 68 titles rank No. 4 on the Open Era titles list

• He fell to No. 4 on Oct. 17 and prior to Basel, the last time he played in a tournament outside the Top 3 was at ’03 Wimbledon where he entered No. 5

• He reached the final at Roland Garros (l. to Nadal in four sets) and snapped Djokovic’s 43-match winning streak in the semi-finals, and followed with quarter-final at Wimbledon (l. to Tsonga in five sets after holding two-set lead)…Down Under, reached semi-finals at Australian Open (l. to Djokovic)

• In late February, he reached the final in Dubai (l. to Djokovic) and following month, he advanced to the semi-finals in Indian Wells (l. to Djokovic in three sets) and in the semis in Miami (l. to Nadal)



ATP World Tour Masters 1000 History:


• He is the all-time leader in ATP World Tour Masters 1000 match wins (244) and has a career mark of 244-75 with 17 ATP Masters 1000 titles (17-12), along with Agassi (17), trailing only Nadal (19)

• He has won six different tournament titles – Hamburg (four times), Indian Wells (three times), Cincinnati (four times), Miami (twice), Toronto (twice) and Madrid (twice) and runner-up in three others – Monte Carlo (three times), Rome (twice) and Shanghai…The only final he hasn’t reached is Paris

• Appearing in his 41st ATP Masters 1000 SF (29-11 record).




800 WINS CLUB – Federer is the seventh player in the Open Era to earn 800 career match wins:


1) Jimmy Connors 1,242

2) Ivan Lendl 1,071

3) Guillermo Vilas 923

4) John McEnroe 875

5) Andre Agassi 870

6) Stefan Edberg 806

7) Roger Federer 800





 


 
 
 

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Berdych lost to Federer

Tomas certainly tired after his yesterday's long match (over 3 hours)

 
 








 
 
 

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It was a great week in Paris, Tomas reached SF (earned 360 ATP points and 106,500 Euros)

 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 












Tomas prepares to serve against Roger Federer

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Berdych, who was impressive in his quarter-final against Britain’s Andy Murray on Friday, struggled to cope with Federer’s array of shots and failed to earn a break point.

 















Mademoiselle Ester in the stands

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Tomas in semi-final action against Roger Federer at Paris Masters

 
 
 
 







 

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