|Posted on January 22, 2012 at 11:10 PM|
Berdych to meet Almagro in fourth round
Seventh seed Tomas Berdych is into the fourth round of the Australian Open thanks to a straight sets win over South African Kevin Anderson on Friday.
After two tight sets, the Czech ran over the top of a deflated Anderson to win 7-6 (7-5) 7-6 (7-1) 6-1.
Berdych will next meet Spanish 10th seed Nicolas Almagro, who beat Swiss 21st seed Stanislas Wawrinka 7-6 (7-2) 6-2 6-4.
Order of Play – Sunday, January 22, 2012
Hisense Arena – Match Start At 11:00 AM
Men's Doubles - 3rd Round
Bob Bryan (USA) /Mike Bryan (USA)  vs Colin Fleming (GBR) /Ross Hutchins (GBR) 
Not Before:12:30 PM - Women's Singles - 4th Round
Julia Goerges (GER)  vs Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) 
Men's Singles - 4th Round
Tomas Berdych (CZE)  vs Nicolas Almagro (ESP) 
Wayne Arthurs (AUS)/Thomas Muster (AUT) vs Jacco Eltingh (NED)/Paul Haarhuis (NED)
H2H Tomas Berdych vs Nicolas Almagro
Tomas Berdych serves in his fourth round match against Nicolas Almagro of Spain during day seven of the 2012 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 22, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia
Tomas Berdych edged Nicolas Almagro 4-6, 7-6(5), 7-6(3), 7-6(2) in three hours and 54 minutes to reach the final eight in Melbourne for the second year in a row
Tomas Berdych Advances With Four-Set Win
Tomas Berdych was upset after Nicolas Almagro blasted an approach shot that hit Berdych in the arm
The crowd reacts as Tomas Berdych leaves the court following his victory over Nicolas Almagro of Spain in their fourth round men's singles match on day seven of the 2012 Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 22, 2012. As Berdych refused to shake hands with Almagro at the end of the match, the crowd erupted into loud booing, almost drowning out his courtside interview.
Berdych booed after controversial win over Almagro
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Czech seventh seed Tomas Berdych was booed off Hisense Arena on Sunday after a bad tempered fourth-round victory over Nicolas Almagro at the Australian Open.
Berdych refused to shake hands with the Spaniard after he won the match 4-6 7-6 7-6 7-6, to set up a quarter-final with Rafa Nadal, because he felt the 10th-seeded Almagro had deliberately blasted a return at his head during the fourth set.
The ball rebounded off Berdych's arm and over the net which Amalgro put away for the point, and while the Spaniard apologized immediately, the Czech was still incensed at the conclusion of the three hour, 54 minute match.
Berdych's courtside interview was drowned out by the crowd booing and hissing, while tennis coach Brad Gilbert said he was appalled at the Czech's decision.
"Really poor of the Birdman not to shake hands with Nico," Gilbert wrote on his Twitter page.
"He was way wrong... I am stunned with Tomas."
Nothing had really separated the pair as they hammered away for the match with the only difference in the tiebreaks when Berdych won the crucial points.
Such was the tightness of the match, Berdych won a total of 161 points, compared to Almagro's 145 while Almagro actually converted two break opportunities to Berdych's one.
Out of order: Cash blasts ‘childish’ crowd for Berdych abuse.
FORMER WIMBLEDON CHAMPION, Pat Cash, has slammed the crowd in his native Melbourne for their angry reaction to Tomas Berdych.
Berdych beat Nicolas Almagro in an ill-tempered fourth round match and, after being struck in the elbow, the Czech refused to shake Almagro’s hand once the match was over.
“I thought it was amusing” Cash said about the audience at the Rod Laver arena, ”that they didn’t like how the player behaved, yet the crowd behaved like 10-year-old kids themselves,”
“He copped a lot of verbal abuse. He was being called all sorts of stuff. Now, which behaviour is worse?” Cash asked Fox Sports, “Not shaking a guys hand or calling someone that.
“I think it was disappointing behaviour from both the crowd and the player.”
One man who disagreed with Cash was his fellow commentator on Fox, John McEnroe. The American appeared to have more in common with the Melbourne crowd than Cash and he called for the top ten seed to “toughen up”.
McEnroe would later add that, rather than criticising Almagro, Berdych should have thanked him for proviiding the extra motivation:
“I think what (Berdych) should have done” said McEnroe, “was go up to Almagro after the match and say ‘thank you for inspiring me to play harder and to play better, I was totally tired and fatigued and whipped but thanks to you I got a second wind and I appreciate that’.
“Instead he made things a lot worse for himself and it’s too bad it had to end that way because both guys fought their hearts out.”
Berdych is currently battling it out with perhaps the toughest player of them all, Rafael Nadal, in the quarter finals. The score is one set apiece, each player has won their set by tie-break. It could be a good one, you can follow the action here.
Supporters 'The Berdych Army' cheer on Tomas Berdych as he plays Nicolas Almagro of Spain in their fourth round men's singles match on day seven of the 2012 Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 22, 2012
Tomas Berdych signs autographs for fans during the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne January 22, 2012
T. BERDYCH/N. Almagro
4‑6, 7‑6, 7‑6, 7‑6
Q. Do you have any regrets about not shaking his hand at the end of the match?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, I mean, just to say about this story, which I already take it as a past, it's just one thing that what happened from the side of Nico was pretty much maybe not what should be happening in the tennis, and that's it, you know.
So I think if they want to look at it like that, then I think maybe we both did some mistake. So it's even, and that's it. You know, I wouldn't do any big story with that, you know. Just something happen there, and that's it, you know.
It's already we don't have any problems at all together. That's how it is, you know. It was pretty tight match, and I think it's more about the game than just this story.
Q. In his press conference the other day he was asked if there was any bad blood between you and him. He said not with him, but he said between and you Rafa he thought there had been incidents in the past. Is that right?
TOMAS BERDYCH: I mean, this is something what is maybe, what, five, six years old. Is nothing to talk about it. There is definitely ‑‑ we are friends, all of us. I mean, there is nothing that is coming, you know, from one, me, him, Rafa, Nico, anybody.
It's just any time, we go, you know ‑‑ I mean, I practice with him many times. Even if we gonna come out from here and see on the other tournament, there is no problem at all. Just we can meet, we can have a practice, and whatever.
So, I mean, this is really something what's come up maybe from the emotions. As I said now, which is not too far from the match, it's already past. That's it.
Q. What was it that happened on his side?
TOMAS BERDYCH: I mean, what was happen ‑‑ this is just once I'm gonna talk about it and that's it. Probably whoever played the tennis knows that the court is pretty big, and you always have some space to put the ball in. And not even if you stand each other like three or four meters close to the guy, just try to hit it straight to your face, you know. I was just able and lucky to somehow fell down. Just hit me in the arm, and that's it, you know.
Actually, this is not the way how tennis is. Even if you have this point, you always have enough space to where to put the ball and not actually try to hit the other guy.
Q. So you think it was intentional, him hitting you, then?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Yeah, could be. I don't know why. You normally could go for it, yeah, so it's just probably maybe too emotions. I don't know.
Q. But he said sorry on the court.
TOMAS BERDYCH: You think is this enough to apologize?
Q. That's usual in tennis, say sorry. Maybe he didn't mean to do that. I don't know. Just a question.
TOMAS BERDYCH: Yeah, but, you know, you should think first, then you did something. So I think that's it, you know. Yeah, but I wouldn't do any big deal from that, you know.
Q. If sorry is not enough, what could he have done besides saying sorry?
TOMAS BERDYCH: He should play the ball differently. That's it. That's what I was talking before, you know. When the court is not like two meters big and actually we have like nine meters, I think, there is pretty much enough of space when you have easy ball which, you know, that pretty much was.
Yeah, but that's it, you know. That's what happened there, and leave it like there.
Q. The crowd seemed to take very much his side against you at the end there. Their reaction, were you surprised at that?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, I don't know what to say. Yeah, I mean, I can say I was a bit surprised, but hopefully it's just ‑‑ as I said, it's past. Why to go still?
Probably you'd like to talk about this more than the match was pretty good. It was kind of a fantastic match, and maybe you still these days want to try find out the stories like that than nice matches.
So that's it.
Q. Your thoughts on your upcoming quarterfinal?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Yeah, I mean, of course, I'm really happy to go through. I mean, it was extremely tough battle. We play four sets for almost four hours, and, you know, it was a great game I think from both of us.
That's I think the important thing, you know. We come here to play tennis and not to be talking on the table and just talking about something what is not that important.
Yeah, I mean, the game was really good. It was three ‑‑ or all the four sets it was really, really close ones, and it was just deciding in few balls.
So, you know, I'm really happy to go through to make the same results like last year, I mean, and now just try to get recovered from that and to be ready for Rafa.
Q. Did you watch some of Nadal's wins this week? How do you assess his game in this tournament?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, yeah. I saw a couple of ‑‑ not all the matches. Of course not. But I saw some play of Rafa, and he's looking really strong. I mean, he didn't drop a set yet and he's playing really confidence, really well.
And as he's shown, you know, he's a great tennis player. Deserve to be the position that he has, maybe even higher. So, you know, for me it's gonna be extremely tough.
But all the past I think like nine or ten matches I think I already lost to him. So, you know, it would be nice to try to change it a little bit, but I know that it's gonna be really extremely tough.
Q. Have you ever not shaken hands with somebody after a match before? Was that the first time?
TOMAS BERDYCH: No, I think it's the first time.
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