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2012 Montpellier Semi-Final: Tomas Berdych vs Philipp Kohlschreiber

Posted on February 4, 2012 at 5:20 PM
 





Gilles Simon, Gael Monfils, Philipp Kohlschreiber, Tomas Berdych, make semis in Montpellier





Tomas Berdych will next play German seventh seed Philipp Kohlschreiber, whom he has beaten in six of their previous seven meetings. "It’s going to be another semi-final, which is a solid week so far, but I don’t want to end up with that, so try my best and try to go through," said Berdych.
 





 

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H2H Tomas Berdych vs Philipp Kohlschreiber

 
 
 
 
 



Order of Play - Saturday, February 4, 2012


COURT CENTRAL- Matches Start At: 12:00 noon


Nicolas MAHUT (FRA/Edouard ROGER-VASSELIN (FRA) vs Treat Conrad HUEY (PHI)/Ken SKUPSKI (GBR)

Not Before 2:00 PM

Gael MONFILS (FRA) vs Gilles SIMON (FRA)

followed by

Tomas BERDYCH (CZE) vs Philipp KOHLSCHREIBER (GER)

 

 






MONTPELLIER SATURDAY PREVIEW


TOP 3 SEEDS, NO. 7 STILL ALIVE ON SEMI-FINAL SATURDAY


• The Top 3 seeds and the No. 7 seed - who upset the No. 4 seed in the quarter-finals - make up the final four at the Open Sud de France, an ATP World Tour 250 indoor event in Montpellier.


• The first semi-final pits No. 2 seed Gilles Simon against No. 3 seed Gael Monfils, a match-up between two of the home country’s top players. Both are former Top 10 players knocking on the door of the elite again - Simon is currently ranked No. 12, Monfils No. 13. They have both done very well at this tournament before, this being Simon’s third semi-final here (he was also a semi-finalist in 2008 and 2009 when it was held in Lyon) and Monfils’ third as well (he has gone further before though, finishing runner-up to Andy Roddick in 2005 and winning the title in 2010). Simon has the upper hand in their head-to-head however, winning both of their previous meetings.


• The second semi pits top seed Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic against No. 7 seed Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany. Berdych was in top form at the Australian Open, making his fifth career Grand Slam quarter-final (and falling to Rafael Nadal in a tight four-setter). After a pair of straight set wins to open his week here he plays the only surprise semi-finalist, Kohlschreiber, for a spot in the final. Kohlschreiber beat No. 4 seed Richard Gasquet in three sets in the quarter-finals but will now have a difficult task in Berdych, as the Czech has beaten the German in six of their seven previous meetings (including a 63-minute, 62 60 win in their most recent meeting, in Beijing last October).


• There is added incentive for Berdych in the semi-finals. Last year he reached the quarter-finals or better 13 times in the first nine months of the season, but never went as far as a final - though he showed incredible consistency week to week, it was something of a later-round jinx. Now he has a chance to get this year started off in a much different way as he faces Kohlschreiber.

 



Berdych FastFacts:


2012 Highlights:

QF: Australian Open (l Nadal)

YTD W-L: 6-1

YTD Titles: 0/Career Titles: 6

Date of Birth: September 17, 1985

South African Airways 2012 ATP Ranking: 7



• Berdych, 26, who is the top player from the Czech Republic on the ATP World Tour, only dropped two games in his opening round win over Frenchman Florent Serra and followed with a 63 64 win over Nicolas Mahut in the quarter-finals

• In lone tournament of the season, reached the quarter-finals for the second straight year at the Australian Open, falling in four sets to Rafael Nadal…Went 7- 1 in tie-breaks during tournament

• Trying to reach his 13th career final (6-6 mark) and his last title came in Beijing last October

• Only remaining player who has reached a Grand Slam final (2010 Wimbledon, l. to Nadal)




Kohlschreiber FastFacts:


2012 Highlights:

SF: Auckland (l Rochus)

YTD W-L: 9-3

YTD Titles: 0/Career Titles: 3

Date of Birth: October 16, 1983

South African Airways 2012 ATP Ranking: 33



• Kohlschreiber, 28, is off to a 9-3 mark this season after posting straight-set wins over Olivier Rochus 61 64 and Edouard Roger-Vasselin 64 75, then getting by No. 4 Richard Gasquet 62 36 63

• The No. 2 German (behind No. 21 Mayer) is appearing in his second semi-final of the year (Auckland, l. to Rochus)…He also advanced to the fourth round at the Australian Open (l. to del Potro)…Opened the campaign with a first round loss in three sets to No. 2 Rafael Nadal in Doha

• Last season captured his third career ATP World Tour title on home soil in Halle (d. Petzschner)….Has a 3-2 career mark in ATP World Tour finals

 

 








 

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Tomas Berdych reaches Open Sud final

 
 
 


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Tomas Berdych jubilates after winning the match against Philipp Kohlschreiber during the Open Sud de France world tour ATP Series quarter-final tennis match, on February 4, 2012 in Montpellier










Berdych, Monfils reach Open Sud final


In Sunday’s final, Monfils will square off against top seed Tomas Berdych. The Czech defeated No. 7 seed Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3, 6-4 in one hour and 23 minutes.


World No. 7 Berdych won 34 of 34 points on his first serve, and saved all five break points he faced to beat the German for the seventh time in eight meetings.


Berdych, making his debut at the ATP World Tour 250 event, is aiming to lift his seventh trophy. The 26 year old holds a 6-6 final record, winning his latest championship appearance at the China Open in 2011 (d. Cilic).


The No. 1 seed defeated Monfils in their lone FedEx ATP Head 2 Head meeting four years ago Dubai in a first-round encounter.









 

Philipp Kohlschreiber is congratuled by Tomas Berdych during the Open Sud de France world tour ATP Series semi final tennis match, on February 04, 2012 in Montpellier southern France


 






BERDYCH, MONFILS TO SQUARE OFF IN MONTPELLIER TITLE MATCH


by ATP Staff | 04.02.2012


Third seed Gael Monfils advanced to the Open Sud de France final in Montpellier Saturday, saving a match point before topping World No. 12 Gilles Simon 4-6, 7-6(4), 6-4.


After winning the first set, the second-seeded Simon had several chances to take control of the match in the second set, seeing eight break point opportunities. He was unable to convert any of his chances, including a match point in the 12th game. Monfils held serve to force a tie-break, which he closed out to send the match to a third set.


Monfils let a break advantage slip twice in the final set, holding leads of 3-0 and 4-2, with Simon breaking back twice to get on serve. But after Monfils held for 5-4, Simon fell into a 15/40 hole, and Monfils clinched the clash on his second match point to win in two hours and 26 minutes, notching his first victory in three meetings against his countryman.


The 2010 Montpellier champion is bidding to win his fifth title, with his latest triumph coming at the If Stockholm Open last October (d, Nieminen). In Sunday’s final, Monfils will square off against top seed Tomas Berdych. The Czech defeated No. 7 seed Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3, 6-4 in one hour and 23 minutes.


World No. 7 Berdych won 34 of 34 points on his first serve, and saved all five break points he faced to beat the German for the seventh time in eight meetings. "I felt a good rhythm on my serve from the beginning, and that was probably the key. Then, I was able to make those important breaks [of serve] and finish it in two sets," said Berdych. "My serve is one of the key aspects of my game. If my serve is working well, I start to feel more confident on court. I can be more aggressive on the return and put pressure on the opponent."


Berdych, making his debut at the ATP World Tour 250 event, is aiming to lift his seventh trophy. The 26 year old holds a 6-6 final record, winning his latest championship appearance at the China Open in 2011 (d. Cilic).


The No. 1 seed defeated Monfils in their lone FedEx ATP Head 2 Head meeting four years ago Dubai in a first-round encounter. "I think it's going to be a nice final," Berdych said. "I feel there is work to be done and there is one more step to go. I'll try my best to finish the week off great

 

 










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