|Posted on April 21, 2012 at 1:00 PM|
ATP Homepage ahead of Monte-Carlo SF Berdych/Djokovic
Andy Murray was shown the exit from the Monte Carlo Masters April 20 when he was taken out of his quarterfinal contest by Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic. The 6(4) -7(7), 6-2, 6-3 match put Berdych into the semifinals, where he will face world no. 1 Novak Djokovic. The Serbian moved ahead by downing Robin Haase in straight sets, 6-4, 6-2.
Djokovic and Berdych will each be able to take a short trip home after the match, as they both currently call Monte Carlo home.
H2H Novak Djokovic vs Tomas Berdych
MONTE-CARLO SATURDAY BRIEFING
by Greg Sharko | 21.04.2012
• Two first-time clay court match-ups take place Saturday as the semi-finals of the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters feature the Top 2 seeds against the players who took out the No. 3 and No. 4 seeds in the quarter-finals.
- World No. 1 Novak Djokovic against No. 6 seed Tomas Berdych
- World No. 2 Rafael Nadal against No. 9 seed Gilles Simon
Berdych pulled off an upset over No. 3 seed Andy Murray in the quarter-finals, but he already had a winning record against the Brit, and this semi-final is a much tougher match-up for him: Djokovic leads their overall head-to-head, 8-1 (Djokovic is 8-0 against him on hard courts and lost their only grass court meeting); but Berdych does have two career wins over World No. 1s, both against Roger Federer, at the Olympics in 2004 and Miami in 2010 (the Czech is 2-12 overall against World No. 1s - 2-7 vs Federer, 0-3 vs Nadal, 0-2 vs Djokovic). Djokovic is trying to reach his 45th ATP World Tour level final (30-14 mark) and his 19th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final (11-7 record).Berdych is trying to reach his 14th ATP World Tour final (7-6 mark) and his third ATP Masters 1000 final (1-1).
SATURDAY SEMI-FINALS FED EX ATP HEAD 2 HEADS
(1) Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs (6) Tomas Berdych (CZE) Djokovic Leads 8-1
2008 Bangkok (Thailand) Hard SF Novak Djokovic 7-5 6-1
2009 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami Hard R16 Novak Djokovic 6-3 6-2
2010 Wimbledon (Great Britain) Grass SF Tomas Berdych 6-3 7-6(9) 6-3
2010 SRB vs. CZE WG SF (Serbia) Hard RR Novak Djokovic 4-6 6-3 6-2 6-4
2010 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals Hard RR Novak Djokovic 6-3 6-3
2011 Australian Open (Australia) Hard QF Novak Djokovic 6-1 7-6(5) 6-1
2011 Dubai (U.A.E.) Hard SF Novak Djokovic 6-7(5) 6-2 4-2 ret
2011 ATP Masters 1000 Cincinnati Hard SF Novak Djokovic 7-5 ret
2011 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals Hard RR Novak Djokovic 3-6 6-3 7-6(3)
Novak Djokovic Tomas Berdych
Sets Won: 17 6
Tiebreak Sets Won: 2 2
Match Wins By Surface:
Clay: 0 0
Hard: 8 0
Grass: 0 1
• The 24-year-old Serb comes into his fourth semi-final or better with a 14-5 career record and on Friday he defeated Dutchman Robin Haase 64 62…Also posted wins over No. 16 seed Alexandr Dolgopolov 26 61 64 on Thursday and Andreas Seppi 61 64 on Tuesday…In his last appearance two years ago, lost in the semi-finals to Fernando Verdasco…In ’09, reached final (l. to Nadal in three sets)…Also a semi-finalist in ’08 (retiring vs. Federer due to illness)
• Stands No. 2 in return games won (13 of 29, 45%) and has held serve 25 of 31 games (81%)
• Two of his five losses have come to No. 1 Federer, in his debut in three sets in 2006 and in ’08…In ‘07, came in No. 7 and after a bye, beat Gaston Gaudio before losing to David Ferrer in the third round
W: Australian Open (d Nadal); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami (d Murray); SF: Dubai (l Murray); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Indian Wells (l Isner)
YTD W-L: 23-2 (3-0 on clay)
YTD Titles: 2
Career Titles: 30
Date of Birth: May 22, 1987
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 1
2012 in Review:
• The World No. 1 is playing in his fifth semi-final in as many tournaments and in his first clay event on clay…He’s coming off his second title of the season at the ATP Masters 1000 in Miami on Apr. 1 when he defended his crown, defeating No. 4 Andy Murray
• Has a 23-2 match record and he opened the season by defending his Australian Open title on Jan. 29 …Has an 11-7 mark in ATP Masters 1000 finals and 30-14 in his career
• Prior to Miami, lost in the semi-finals to Isner 76 36 76, in Indian Wells, and to Murray in Dubai
• En route to winning his fifth Grand Slam title (third in a row) Down Under (d. Murray and Nadal in back-to-back five-setters in SFs and final)…His 5:53 marathon win over Nadal was longest Slam final ever
• In his last 100 matches, has a 92-8 record since the beginning of last year (went 70-6 in 2011)
• This is the 42nd consecutive week the Serb stands No. 1 (since July 4, 2011 after Wimbledon title) in the South African Airways ATP Rankings
• The 26-year-old Czech Republic native has a 12-7 mark and he’s playing in the semi-finals for the second time (2007) in his eighth tournament showing in nine years (except ’08)…He’s posting wins over Marin Cilic 76(3) 61, No. 12 seed Kei Nishikori 26 62 64 and No. 3 seed Andy Murray 67(4) 62 63
• Leads tournament in first serve pts. won (80%) and No. 3 in service games won (86%, 32 of 37 held)
• 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: 22-5 (5-0 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 third semi-final in seven tournaments with a 22-5 match record (5-0 on clay)…Three of his losses have come to Top 10 opponents
• Trying to reach his 14th career ATP World Tour level final (7-6), third in ATP Masters 1000 (1-1)
• 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 3-3 mark vs. Top 10 opponents this year (29-63 in career)…Also 2-12 lifetime vs. No. 1 opponents, 2-7 vs. Federer (’04 Athens Olympics, ’10 Miami), 0-3 vs. Nadal and 0-2 vs.Djokovic
Order of Play – Saturday, April 21, 2012
COURT CENTRAL - Matches Start At: 11:15 am
Bob BRYAN/Mike BRYAN (USA) vs Marcel GRANOLLERS/Marc LOPEZ (ESP)
Not Before 1:00 PM
Novak DJOKOVIC (SRB) vs Tomas BERDYCH (CZE)
Not Before 3:00 PM
Gilles SIMON (FRA) vs Rafael NADAL (ESP)
Michael LLODRA (FRA)/Nenad ZIMONJIC (SRB) vs Max MIRNYI (BLR)/Daniel NESTOR (CAN)
Tomas <3 lost to World No. 1 and windy conditions *sigh*
Tomas Berdych Interview
MONTE CARLO, MONACO
N. DJOKOVIC/T. Berdych
4‑6, 6‑3, 6‑2
THE MODERATOR: Questions for Tomas.
Q. How difficult were the conditions today?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Yeah, I think that the conditions were pretty tough. I would say, you know, sometimes you can play when it's windy. But actually this kind of wind was kind of like there was circles around. You never know from where it's gonna come.
Actually this one, for my game, it was just, you know, a bit of killer because I like to play aggressive. These kind of conditions doesn't help at all.
But anyway, it was quite solid game for the conditions they were on the court.
Q. You look like a different player compared to two years ago, one year ago, in the way you play. You have or chances, more things to do, you don't play the same in the court. What happened? What is the reason?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, the reason is that I'm working hard, working hard with my coaches, trying to improve my game, and that's it. It doesn't happen just in one day, so it needs some time.
When I was playing, you know, and my game was something different and I was doing it for many years, it's not going to change in a few days.
So I'm happy that it works, that it's changed. That's the way how to keep the position, how to keep with the top guys. So far I'm, I would say, successful. But still there is a place for improvement, but that's what I need to work on.
Q. And you go more on the ranking?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Yeah, that's part of it, as well. So, yeah, I mean, it's quite many things from the past, and that's it. If you gonna stay on the same line, you're going to stay on the same line in the rankings. You have to change, you have to improve, you have to do something new, better, and that's it.
Everybody does the same.
Q. Did you feel that Novak got himself more focused in the second and third sets? What was the difference in his level of play?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, I don't know what was difference. I think it was just small pieces of difference. I don't know how to say it.
But in the beginning of the second set, I had like five breakpoints. He had one. He made it, it was 3‑Love. It could easily be 2‑1 with a break for me, and it was completely other way. So it's tough to say what was different. I think he was playing pretty much the same.
But, as I said, the wind doesn't help at all to my game. But it's the same for both of us. I have to deal with that. That's how it is.
First set, beginning of the second set, I had a feeling I was even better from the rallies, which is not every time with him. I was beating him from the rallies.
But, you know, it just change a bit with the conditions. I didn't keep with that. Him, yes. So that was probably the difference.
Q. Could you be more precise in the way you are disadvantaged because of the conditions.
TOMAS BERDYCH: No.
Q. Why was it a disadvantage for you and not for Novak?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Actually I didn't say it's a disadvantage.
Q. You say it disadvantaged your game. In what ways?
TOMAS BERDYCH: It doesn't fit my game. That's what I already said. My game is to be much more aggressive, play a bit riskier than him, than Rafa, and maybe Murray. So when I have to play that aggressive, I mean, when the wind starts to blow, then it takes the ball and I starts to make mistakes. Actually, that's it.
Of course, I should be able to change the game. But this is not that easy. I mean, you have some game what you playing, what is successful, what is successful in the first set, what is successful with Murray, so I want to keep with that.
But, yeah, that's how it is. That's the sport. Novak has a different game. Every player is different. That's how it is.
Q. When you finish a tournament like this, beating Murray, playing better from the back of the court, which feeling do you have inside yourself?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, of course, I mean, I'm sad to lost the semifinal, not to play another final. But, you know, after some times of course I will take some positives from what was working well and also try to see some things that didn't work that good and try to improve that.
But I think the feeling is going to be really I would say good, solid. It was the first week on the clay. I have a semis from here. So, yeah, just gives me some good feeling for the rest and for the next tournament.
Q. When you compare the last two matches you played, do you think there's a difference in Murray being further back in positioning? Is that a big difference between him and Novak?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Yeah, actually it is. Still, you can see the difference, that Novak is a bit ‑ I don't know how to say ‑ is higher. His game is still better. That's actually why he's No.1 in the world.
Yeah, there is many things that Novak does better, and that's why he's in that position.
Q. If Nadal qualifies, who is your pick for tomorrow?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Whatever, Nadal.
TOMAS BERDYCH: I said Nadal.
TOMAS BERDYCH: I don't know. I just pick one.*laugh*
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