|Posted on January 24, 2012 at 7:30 PM|
Berdych has a 3-10 record against Nadal and has lost their past nine encounters. His three wins against the Spaniard have all come on hard courts, most recently in Madrid in 2006 when the event was played indoors.
"I'm really happy to go through," said Berdych. "It was an extremely tough battle. We played four sets for almost four hours, and it was a great game I think from both of us. I'm really happy to go through to make the same result as last year, and now just try to get recovered from that and to be ready for Rafa. All the past nine matches I lost to him. So it would be nice to try to change it a little bit, but I know that it's gonna be really extremely tough."
Order of Play – Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Rod Laver Arena – Match Start 11:00
Pat Cash (AUS)/ Goran Ivanisevic (CRO) vs Wayne Arthurs (AUS)/Thomas Muster AUT)
Not Before:12:00 PM
Women's Singles - Quarterfinals
Victoria Azarenka (BLR)  vs Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) 
Women's Singles - Quarterfinals
Caroline Wozniacki (DEN)  vs Kim Clijsters (BEL) 
Not Before 2:30 PM
Men's Singles - Quarterfinals
Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG)  vs Roger Federer (SUI) 
Match Start 7:30 PM
Men's Singles - Quarterfinals
Tomas Berdych (CZE)  vs Rafael Nadal (ESP) 
Men's Doubles - Quarterfinals
Bob Bryan (USA) /Mike Bryan (USA)  vs Mariusz Fyrstenberg (POL) /Marcin Matkowski POL) 
H2H Tomas Berdych vs Rafael Nadal
Tomas Berdych serves to Rafael Nadal of Spain during their quarterfinal at the Australian Open tennis championship, in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012.
World No. 2 Rafael Nadal has beaten seventh seed Tomas Berdych in a four-set thriller in their Australian Open quarter-final.
Nadal beats Berdych in four sets
Supporters of Tomas Berdych cheer during the quarterfinal between Berdych and Rafael Nadal of Spain at the Australian Open tennis championship, in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Nadal beats Berdych, sets up semi against Federer
Rafael Nadal talks with Tomas Berdych at the net after Nadal won their quarterfinal at the Australian Open tennis championship, in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012.
Berdych back in good books
Sportal | 24/1/2012
Luke Buttigieg at Melbourne Park
Booed off the court after his fourth-round win, Tomas Berdych would have won back plenty of people with his gutsy display against Rafael Nadal, and he may finally believe he belongs in elite company as he seeks to take the final step to Grand Slam glory.
Berdych infuriated fans at Hisense Arena on Sunday when he refused to shake Nicolas Almagro's hand after believing the Spaniard had deliberately targeted his head with a fierce forehand when Berdych was standing at the net.
The ball struck him in the arm as he took evasive action and after going on to win in four sets Berdych snubbed Almagro, leading to a concerted chorus of booing from those in the stands as he tried to do a post-match interview.
But fast forward 48 hours and he would have won his share of admirers as he matched Nadal virtually shot for shot over the first two sets, at which point he should arguably have been just one set from victory.
Unfortunately for Berdych it wasn't to be as he put a backhand volley wide on set point with the open court beckoning and from there Nadal recovered to get home in four gruelling sets after four hours and 16 minutes.
It was an impressive display from a player who has finished each of the past six years inside the world's top 20 but the biggest benefit of his performance could well be where it leads for the rest of 2012.
He has been to one major final so far in his career, the Czech brushed aside by Nadal in straight sets in the decider at Wimbledon in 2010 after he had beaten a couple of handy types in Roger Federer in the quarter-finals and then current world No.1 Novak Djokovic in the semis.
But just over eight years after making his debut at Grand Slam level at the US Open, Berdych's only other semi-final appearance was earlier in 2010 at the French Open, while he also boasts three last-eight matches at the majors, including two now at Melbourne Park.
At 26, he has been around long enough to be a serious and regular contender at the year's four biggest events but perhaps the missing ingredient has been a lack of belief against the three biggest stars of the past decade.
Boasting 30 majors between them, Federer having won 16 to Nadal's 10 and Djokovic's four, Berdych has a 4-10 head-to-head record against Federer, 3-12 against Nadal after this latest defeat and 1-8 against Djokovic.
He should now spend plenty of time analysing the tape of Tuesday night's match to not only reflect on what he did so well in pushing Nadal all the way but also on what didn't work so well.
And if he can replicate the best parts of his game for the rest of the year, there's no reason why he can't continue to match it with the top three and perhaps start to take a few more wins against them.
R. NADAL/T. Berdych
6‑7, 7‑6, 6‑4, 6‑3
Q. Quite a match. It's hard, I'm sure, to talk about it right away. What were your feelings about the end of the second set? Was that what really made the difference in your mind, not getting him there? How did you see it?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Oh, yeah, I mean, it was really good match. But actually it was only good, which means that is not enough with Rafa.
Yeah, I think the only difference today why I like didn't end out the second set and probably all night was that if I would be playing better on the night, then I think I could make it today, and I was really close.
So, yeah, that's was probably the only difference today, that I was missing to just make the step to beat him today.
Q. When you play Nadal, do you always expect a match to go that long? I mean, it was over four hours before the fourth set was done.
TOMAS BERDYCH: If you go with anybody on court, you just expect that you have to put on court your maximum. If it's gonna needs to take two hours, it's two hours. If it's needs to take four, four. If you f it needs to take five, it's just a matter of win the three sets and that's it.
Q. Do you feel like a match like this gives you hope for the next time because it was so close and you fought him hard? You've lost to him a few times in a row now. Is it more frustrating now?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Oh, yeah, I wouldn't see the record that’s, well, something could change. I'm just trying to see, like I'd say the last two matches. I was quite close in Miami last year. That was our last meeting that we've played, and I lost 6‑4 in the third.
And, yeah, here it was I would say even closer than the last match we played. So, yeah, I think that my game is improving. I'm getting better, more experienced. You know, this is not the match that, you know, you gonna be saying, All right, so this time, okay, I'm gonna beat Rafa.
If it would be that easy then I probably would be in different position and maybe with top of three guys there.
But I'm not, so I'm just trying my best. That's the steps that I'm doing. Hopefully, you know, maybe this year or whenever we gonna play next match, I will try my best, bring some experience from this match, and try to do it better.
Q. How are you doing physically? I saw you stretching a few times later in the match. What was the problem?
TOMAS BERDYCH: No, no, no, no, there is no problem. It's just the way that sometimes when I'm playing long matches I'm getting some problems, you know, with my left hip. But just want to make it like prevention during the match and just nothing serious.
I mean, if I would feel it something more, I would definitely call physio on court or something like that. So it was not necessary to do that.
So, no, I was physically fine.
Q. You mentioned the top guys. You're one of the people right under the top three, four players. Do you feel like there is a ceiling you're bumping up against? Do you feel there is a big gap between the top four and everybody else?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, if you look at the draw here, we are in last eight and there is only one guy that is out of top eight guys. That just shows something that the first top guys, top eight guys, are really strong.
Of course, the first top four already now they are two in the semis. We will see what's gonna happen tomorrow.
So, yeah, I mean, this is probably the toughest time to play because, you know, of those four really strong guys, and, you know, making almost history every week they go and play.
So, yeah, it's tough, but it's how it is. We just needs to deal with it.
Q. How much did the crowd reaction the other night against Almagro, did that bother you a lot, and was it nice to hear the crowd tonight cheering?
TOMAS BERDYCH: No, no, the crowd was amazing. That's just one thing that actually I never mean it against the crowd, you know, so it's nothing against them.
I mean, as I said, it's the best place, a really nice place to play and have a Grand Slam, you know. The city, the people are amazing. Every time you come, you can see that they live with the tennis every these two weeks or three weeks with the quallies and, you know, they enjoy it every time.
No, I mean, it was really nice, and I was, you know, just trying my best to show them that we are here about tennis, and that's it.
Q. Were you surprised by the reaction from last round?
TOMAS BERDYCH: No, I mean, don't try to come back with that. I mean, you know, we played two great matches ‑‑ or I played two great matches. One I won, one I lost.
I think we can have more question about the tennis than just this. This is already past, and that's it.
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