|Posted on April 20, 2012 at 1:40 PM|
World No. 7 Tomas Berdych will face Andy Murray in the quarter-finals of the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters after overcoming Kei Nishikori on Thursday.
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Looking ahead to the clash with Berdych, Murray said, "[It will be] tough. Sometimes the match is kind of on his racquet a little bit because he has so much power. But if you can keep the ball to a good length, get him moving, which isn't the easiest thing to do, but if you can do that, that's where he's not so comfortable. So that's what you need to try and do against him."
H2H Tomas Berdych vs Andy Murray
Friday Quarter-Finals Preview
(3) Andy Murray (GBR) vs (6) Tomas Berdych (CZE) Berdych Leads 3-2
2005 Basel (Switzerland) Carpet R16 Andy Murray 6-4 2-6 6-4
2006 Adelaide (Australia) Hard R16 Tomas Berdych 7-6(2)4-6 6-1
2010 Roland Garros (France) Clay R16 Tomas Berdych 6-4 7-5 6-3
2011 ATP Masters 1000 Paris (France) Hard QF Tomas Berdych 4-6 7-6(5) 6-4
2012 Dubai (U.A.E.) Hard QF Andy Murray 6-3 7-5
• The 24-year-old Scot opened on Tuesday with a 60 63 win over Serb Viktor Troicki and followed with a 6-5 victory over Julien Benneteau, who retired with a right ankle injury…He is making his sixth appearance in seven years (except '07) and owns a 10-5 record
• Last year he reached his second semi-final in three years (l. to Nadal 64 26 61)…En route he posted wins over Radek Stepanek, No. 15 seed Gilles Simon and Portuguese qualifier Frederico Gil
• In ’09, reached his first clay court semi-final, defeating No. 9-ranked Nikolay Davydenko 76(1) 64 for his first Top 10 win on clay (l. to Nadal)…He was the first British player to reach the semi-finals here since Tim Henman in 2002 (l. to Moya)
• Has two opening round losses, in 2006 debut (l. to Lisnard) and two years ago (l. to Kohlschreiber)
W: Brisbane (d Dolgopolov); F: Dubai (l Federer); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami (l Djokovic); SF: Australian Open (l Djokovic)
YTD W-L: 19-4 (2-0 on clay)
YTD Titles: 1
Career Titles: 22
Date of Birth: May 15, 1987
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 4
2012 in Review:
• The British No. 1 comes into his fifth quarter-final in six tournaments with a 19-4 match record and he’s
making his season clay court debut…He’s playing in his first tournament since a runner-up effort at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event in Miami on Apr. 1 (l. to Djokovic)
• He opened the campaign by capturing his 22nd career ATP World Tour title in Brisbane (d. Dolgopolov) and followed with a semi-final at the Australian Open, falling in five sets to eventual champion Novak Djokovic
• Last month he also was runner-up in Dubai (l. to Federer) after defeating World No. 1 Djokovic in the semi-finals…Has seven career wins over No. 1 ranked opponents (d. Nadal three times and two over Djokovic and Federer)…Also lost in the opening round to Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in Indian Wells
• Has a 3-3 mark vs. Top 10 opponents this year and 52-42 in career…Looking for his second career Top 10 win on clay (1-8), defeating No. 9 Davydenko in QF here in ’09
• The 26-year-old Czech Republic native has an 11-7 mark and he’s playing in Monte Carlo for the eighth time in nine years (except ’08)…He’s appearing in his second quarter-final after posting a 76(3) 61 win over Marin Cilic and a 26 62 64 victory over No. 12 seed Kei Nishikori
• His previous best result is the semi-finals in 2007 when he defeated No. 6 Tommy Robredo in the third round before losing to No. 2 Nadal
• Last year he advanced to the third round, falling to Ivan Ljubicic
W: Montpellier (d Monfils); SF: Rotterdam (l Del Potro); QF: Australian Open (l Nadal); Dubai (l Murray)
YTD W-L: 21-5 (4-0 on clay)
YTD Titles: 1
Career Titles: 7
Date of Birth: September 17, 1985
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 7
2012 in Review:
• The top player from the Czech Republic comes into his fifth quarter-final in seven tournaments with a 21-5 match record (4-0 on clay)…Three of his losses have come to Top 10 opponents
• His best result was capturing his seventh career ATP World Tour title in Montpellier, France on Feb. 5 (d. Monfils in final)…Also a semi-finalist in Rotterdam (l. to No. 10 del Potro) and quarter-finalist at Australian Open (l. to No. 2 Nadal) and Dubai (l. to No. 4 Murray)
• In last two ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments, reached fourth round in Indian Wells (l. to No. 12 Almagro) and third round in Miami (l. to Dimitrov)
• Prior to Monte Carlo, won both of his singles Davis Cup QF matches vs. Serbia, defeating Viktor Troicki and Janko Tipsarevic, both in straight sets…Czech Republic will play Argentina in SFs in September
• Has a 2-3 mark vs. Top 10 opponents this year (28-63 in career)
(1)Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs Robin Haase (NED) Djokovic Leads 2-0
07 US Open (U.S.A.) Hard R128 Novak Djokovic 6-2 6-1 6-3
10 Basel (Switzerland) Hard QF Novak Djokovic 6-2 6-3
Order of Play – Friday, April 20, 2012
COURT CENTRAL - Matches Start At: 10:30 am
Andy MURRAY (GBR) vs Tomas BERDYCH (CZE)
Not Before 12:00 PM
Novak DJOKOVIC (SRB) vs Robin HAASE (NED)
Stanislas WAWRINKA (SUI) vs Rafael NADAL (ESP)
Gilles SIMON (FRA) vs Jo-Wilfried TSONGA (FRA)
Berdych upsets Murray to seal Djokovic semi
Tomas will play 2012 Monte-Carlo SFs... wow!
Tomas Berdych is congratulated by Andy Murray after their match during day six of the ATP Monte Carlo Masters on April 20, 2012 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco.
Berdych Beats Murray For SF Berth
by ATP Staff | 20.04.2012
World No. 7 Tomas Berdych reached the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters semi-finals for the second time on Friday after rallying from a set down to defeat No. 4-ranked Andy Murray 6-7(4), 6-2, 6-3.
The Czech player also reached the last four at the Monte-Carlo Country Club in 2007 (l. to Nadal) and goes onto face World No. 1 Novak Djokovic for a place in the final. He has won two ATP World Tour clay-court titles in his career, most recently at the BMW Open in Munich in 2009.
Looking ahead to the clash with Djokovic, Berdych said, "I'm going to do everything the same like I do before every game. It's a day to play the No. 1 player in the world, which is always great. It's a semi-final, which is fantastic.
"But still, I want to play my best tennis and I want to do well. I just want to focus for myself and do the best on court," added Berdych. "The last time I played him [at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in November], I needed just one point to beat him and finish it. Didn't happen. So now could be another try."
The 26-year-old Berdych was made to work hard to defeat Murray for the fourth time in six meetings. He squandered five set points in the 12th game of the first set before Murray hit back to clinch the opener in the ensuing tie-break.
Berdych regrouped quickly and broke serve twice to level the match. Three breaks of serve were then exchanged at the start of the third set to give Berdych a 2-1 lead, and he broke Murray again in the final game of the match to claim victory in two hours and 48 minutes.
Berdych is through to his third ATP World Tour semi-final of the season and has a 22-5 match record after winning his seventh title at the Open Sud de France in Montpellier (d. Monfils).
"He played better," conceded Murray. "I mean, I hung in, in the first set. He had some chances on my serve. Then in the tie-break I got a few lucky bounces. He missed a couple of shots that he hadn't been missing. At the start of the second set it was where he obviously started playing better and my level dropped clearly, as the result, the score line, suggests."
The 24-year-old Murray was bidding to reach the semi-finals at this ATP World Tour Masters 1000 clay-court tournament for the third time in four years. He dropped to a 19-5 match record on the season. "At some points today in the match I did well; some points I didn't do so well," he explained. "It's going to take me a few weeks. Today is a good match to learn from because I was playing a top player who played very, very well."
Berdych upsets Murray to make Monte Carlo semis
Andy Murray beaten by Tomas Berdych at Monte Carlo Masters
BBC | 20 April 2012
Third seed Andy Murray produced a stuttering and bad-tempered display to lose 6-7 (4-7) 6-2 6-3 to Tomas Berdych in the Monte Carlo Masters last eight.
The British number one saved four set points before edging the opener.
But the 24-year-old's game deserted him as sixth seed Berdych took control with two breaks of serve in the second set and three in the third.
Czech Berdych will play Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals as Murray turns his attention to the Barcelona Open.
"At some points today in the match I did well, and at some points I didn't do so well," said the Scot.
"Today is a good match to learn from because I was playing a top player who played very, very well.
"I hung in, in the first set. Then in the tie-break I got a few lucky bounces. He missed a couple of shots that he hadn't been missing.
"At the start of the second set he obviously started playing better and my level dropped - as the scoreline suggests."
The Scot, who reached the quarter-finals after Julien Benneteau retired with an ankle injury, held his nerve in a closely contested first set as neither player managed to break serve.
However, Murray struggled as Berdych found the range to accompany his powerful groundstrokes.
He lost the second set comfortably and was broken at the start of the third as the match swung decisively towards 26-year-old Berdych.
Murray became increasingly frustrated, cursing to himself and smashing a racquet on the court, as 6ft 5ins Berdych booked his place in the last four and looked forward to a meeting with Djokovic.
"It's a day to play the number one player in the world, which is always great. It's a semi-final, which is fantastic," said Berdych.
"But still, I want to play my best tennis and I want to do well. I just want to focus on myself and do my best on court."
Berdych upsets Murray in Monte Carlo
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Berdych upsets Murray to seal Djokovic semi
MONTE CARLO, April 20 (Reuters) - Czech Tomas Berdych overpowered world number four Andy Murray in their Monte Carlo Masters quarter-final on Friday to set up a clash with top seed Novak Djokovic.
The sixth seed relied on his powerful forehand to prevail 6-7 6-2 6-3 over the Briton in the season's first big claycourt event. Djokovic thrashed Dutchman Robin Haase 6-4 6-2 in 77 minutes.
Rafael Nadal is still on track to clinch a record eighth consecutive title after seeing off Stanislas Wawrinka 7-5 6-4. He will take on France's Gilles Simon, the ninth seed, who upset comnpatriot Jo-Wilfried Tsonga by the same scoreline.
Berdych, who reached the semi-final of the Mediterranean glamour tournament in 2007, was eager to face the Serbian world number one.
"It's a day to play the number one player in the world, which is always great. It's a semi-final, which is fantastic," Berdych told a news conference. "But still, I want to play my best tennis and I want to do well."
On a chilly morning, Murray grabbed the opening set as Berdych wasted four set-point chances in the 12th game before faltering in the tie-break.
As the sun eventually shone and the sea glittered, the world number seven tightened his grip and hit numerous winners to unsettle a frustrated Murray, who now has a 2-4 win-loss record against Berdych.
"He played extremely well today. He dictated a lot of the points. He went for his shots. He served very well, I think, too," Murray told reporters.
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Berdych upsets Murray
Sportal | 20 April 2012
Tomas Berdych is through to the semi-finals of the Monte-Carlo Masters thanks to a 6-7 (4-7) 6-2 6-3 victory over Andy Murray.
The Czech upset the world number four with a strong service performance on clay in Monte Carlo.
Berdych won 82 percent of points on his first serve for the match with the second set a highpoint as the world number seven won 93 percent of first-serve points.
In contrast, Murray won just 64 percent of points on his first serve.
The victory was Berdych's third in five meetings with Murray and puts him into a semi-final match against Novak Djokovic.
Tomas Berdych hits a return to Britain's Andy Murray during their Monte-CarloATP Masters Series tournament tennis match on April 20, 2012 in Monaco.
Tomas Berdych Interview
MONTE CARLO, MONACO
T. BERDYCH/A. Murray
6‑7, 6‑2, 6‑3
THE MODERATOR: Questions.
Q. How do you feel winning this match?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Yeah, I feel great. I mean, actually the first set was really close. I had, yeah, a couple of chances, breakpoints, set points, and didn't make it.
But, yeah, I had a good feeling that I'm playing well and that I want to stay there as long as I can, make him run. The last point counts. That was important. It was for my side.
Q. It's a good start for you on clay.
TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, I was a bit lucky. I had an advantage to play Davis Cup on clay. I already played three matches on clay before I came here. So it was a good start.
So for me it's not a first matches to play on clay here, which was an advantage. I'm happy that I'm well‑used and well‑prepared for the play.
Q. There is a slogan that says now about the Fabulous Four. Don't you think it should be about the Fabulous Five?
TOMAS BERDYCH: So far I'm not at the fifth position yet. My top was the sixth position.
It's tough to say, you know. I think those three guys are really, really on top and they really deserve to be there.
Well, I think Andy is missing some small thing, too, from those three guys, and that's probably the reason why he's fourth.
But, yeah, I have a good game to beat him. I did it a couple of times. Yeah, I'm trying to do my best to move and get higher positions.
Q. Once you were considered just a player who could play very well on hard court, maybe on grass. Clay was probably not your favorite surface, even if you were born on clay. Is it changing?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, no, I wouldn't say that the clay is not one of my favorites. I think only if somebody gives me the question and I have to say one surface, then I'm kind of forced to say something faster, you know.
But, as you said, I born to play on clay courts. I have a good results. I won a title on clay. I have semis from Roland Garros and already my second semifinal from here.
I don't see it as kind of the worst surface. My advantage is that I can play on everything, and that's it.
Q. If you have to pick your favorite surface to play the best match of your life, where would you go?
TOMAS BERDYCH: I would go grass (smiling).
Q. Tomorrow you will play against Djokovic. How do you think you will manage the rivalry with him? Will you have some rituals, some particular way to approach this match?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Did he won already?
Q. He was winning. He had a match point.
TOMAS BERDYCH: It's sport, so you never know.
I'm going to do everything same like I did before every game. So nothing changes. You know, it's a day to play the No.1 player in the world, which is always great. It's a semifinal, which is fantastic.
But still, you know, I want to play my best tennis and I want to do well. That's it. I just want to focus for myself and do the best on court. The last time I played him, I was just one point to beat him and finish it. Didn't happen. So now could be another try.
Q. I don't want to embarrass you with a private question, but how different is it to have a girlfriend who was a tennis player compared to a girlfriend who is not a tennis player in terms of practicing or organizing your life? Do you see a difference or not?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Actually, yes, I see big difference. I mean, in the past I was saying that it's probably the best thing just that we are both from the same thing. I didn't have any other experience.
But now I can say that this one is way better because, you know, I think it was too much tennis. If you do it like myself, and I'm dealing with everyday work that you have to play, practice, organize this stuff, then winning, losing, handle this situation, it's quite tough to have it from one side. If you have to deal with the same thing from the other side, it was quite too much.
So I'm really enjoying that, that it's different, that I met somebody with a different life. It's a nice experience.
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