|Posted on May 11, 2012 at 3:30 PM|
• First up on Manolo Santana is No. 6 seed Tomas Berdych against No. 15 seed Fernando Verdasco; Berdych was the most devastating player in the third round on Thursday, needing just 50 minutes to beat No. 12 seed Gael Monfils, 61 61; but the most impressive victory of the day was Verdasco’s, a 63 36 75 thriller over No. 2 seed Rafael Nadal, rallying from 5-2 down in the third set to score his first victory in 14 career meetings with the 10-time Grand Slam champion and former World No. 1; Berdych leads the overall series, 9-4, but they are an even 2-2 on clay (with Verdasco winning their last two clay court meetings).
• In the evening session, an all-Serbian clash between World No. 1 Novak Djokovic against No. 7 seed Janko Tipsarevic, who has had to battle over two and a half hours in both of his matches so far this week but he is still standing, and has been rewarded with his first ATP Masters 1000 clay court quarter-final. This is Djokovic’s sixth quarter-final of the season (he is 5-0 in QF matches) and the World No. 1 leads the head-to-head, 4-1, winning their only clay court meeting (at Belgrade in 2009). Tipsarevic is 1-5 in his career against World No. 1s (the win coming against Djokovic at last year’s Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London).
• Next is No. 3 seed Roger Federer against No. 5 seed David Ferrer in a match up of three-time ATP World Tour winners this season. After a scare in his opening match against Milos Raonic, Federer was in top form in his round of 16 match against Richard Gasquet, needing just 58 minutes to dispatch the No. 14 seed, 63 62 (Gasquet had won two of their three previous clay court meetings). Next up is Ferrer, who fought off three match points to beat No. 11 seed Nicolas Almagro on Thursday and win his 30th match of the season - the first player to reach that milestone; the head-to-head between these two 30-year-olds swings completely in Federer’s favor though, 12-0 (and 25-3 in sets) - but two of Ferrer’s three career sets against Federer came in their four clay court meetings.
• On Stadium 3, No. 10 seed Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina takes a 2-0 career advantage against No. 16 seed Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine. Del Potro has the edge in experience, this being his 10th ATP Masters 1000 quarter-final (has a 4-5 mark) and he’s also undefeated on clay (9-0) this season. Dolgopolov is in just his second ATP Masters 1000 quarter-final (at Shanghai last October).
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H2H Tomas Berdych vs Fernando Verdasco
• The 26-year-old Czech Republic native is playing in Madrid for the eighth time in nine years (except ’10) and enters his third quarter-final or better with a 9-7 mark…This week has cruised to a 64 63 win over Kevin Anderson and 61 61 victory over No. 12 seed Gael Monfils (winning 28 of 32 pts. on serve)
• Has not been broken thus far, holding all 17 service games and winning 86% of first serve pts.
• His best result was the semi-finals in 2006 (d. No. 6 Roddick, No. 2 Nadal, l. to No. 10 Gonzalez) and a quarter-finalist last year (l. to Bellucci)
W: Montpellier (d Monfils); SF: Rotterdam (l Del Potro); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Monte Carlo (l Djokovic); QF: Australian Open (l Nadal); Dubai (l Murray)
YTD W-L: 24-6 (7-1 on clay)
YTD Titles: 1
Career Titles: 7 (2 on clay)
Date of Birth: September 17, 1985
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 7 (Career-high No. 6 on October 18, 2010)
2012 in Review:
• The top player from the Czech Republic comes into his sixth quarter-final in eight tournaments with a 24-6 match record (7-1 on clay)…Four 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 Monte-Carlo (l. to Djokovic) along with quarter-finalist at Australian Open (l. to No. 2 Nadal) and Dubai (l. to No. 4 Murray)
• In first two ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments in March, 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 2-4 mark vs. Top 10 opponents this year (28-64 in career)
• The Madrid native is appearing in his second quarter-final after defeating Denis Istomin 75 62, Colombian qualifier Alejandro Falla 67(4) 64 64 and World No. 2 Rafael Nadal 63 36 75 after trailing 2-5 in the third set…It was his first career win (1-13) against Nadal
• Has 10-9 career record and playing in his hometown tournament for 10th in a row
• His other quarter-final came in 2009 (d. Ferrero, Monaco, l. to No. 1 Nadal)
• Looking for second Top 10 win here (1-2 mark)…Lost to No. 3 Djokovic in 2007 (2R)
F: Acapulco (l Ferrer); SF: Auckland (l Ferrer); Barcelona (l Nadal); QF: Sao Paulo (l Ramos)
YTD W-L: 18-9 (14-5 on clay)
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 5 (3 on clay)
Date of Birth: November 15, 1983
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 19 (Career-high No. 7 on April 20, 2009)
2012 in Review:
• The 28-year-old left-hander enters his fifth ATP World Tour quarter-final with an 18-9 match record on the season (14-5 on clay) and he’s 3-1 in QF matches...On March 3, reached his 17th career ATP World Tour final (5-12) in Acapulco (l. to Ferrer)…Also a semi-finalist in Auckland (l. to Ferrer) and quarter-finalist in Sao Paulo (l. to Ramos) and Barcelona (l. to Nadal)
• Prior to here, in his last tournaments in Barcelona, lost to eventual champion Nadal in semi-finals and fell in the third round in Monte Carlo (l. to No. 5 Tsonga 75(7) 62) in the third round
• Has an 1-5 mark vs. Top 10 opponents this season and broke a nine-match losing streak with win over No. 2 Nadal…It was his third win over a World No. 2 (d. Djokovic in 2010 Monte Carlo, SF and Rome, QF)… Overall has a 16-60 career mark vs. Top 10 foes
Order of Play – Friday, May 11, 2012
MANOLO SANTANA Start 10:50 am
WTA -  Victoria Azarenka (BLR) vs  Na Li (CHN)
WTA -  Serena Williams (USA) vs  Maria Sharapova (RUS)
Not Before 3:30 PM
 Tomas Berdych (CZE) vs  Fernando Verdasco (ESP)
Not Before 7:00 PM
 Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs  Janko Tipsarevic (SRB)
 Roger Federer (SUI) vs  David Ferrer (ESP)
Berdych through to face Del Potro in Madrid semis
BERDYCH CRUSHES WEARY VERDASCO
Fernando Verdasco came back down to earth with a bump on Friday at the Madrid Open.
Less than 24 hours after his shock win over Rafael Nadal, Verdasco was thrashed 6-1 6-2 by Tomas Berdych.
The Spaniard had taken more than three hours to upset Nadal on Thursday, posting his first win over his compatriot in 14 attempts, and he cut a weary figure against Berdych's powerful strokes.
Berdych, who lost just two games in dispatching Gael Monfils in his previous match, gained control early on control and refused to relent as he eased to victory.
The Czech lost just nine points on serve in the match and has yet to lose his delivery in three outings so far on the Caja Magica's blue clay.
Berdych will face Juan Martin Del Potro on Saturday for a place in the final.
Berdych ends Verdasco charge
Friday, 11 May 2012
Tomas Berdych thrashed Rafael Nadal's conqueror Fernando Verdasco 6-1 6-2 to march into the semi-finals of the Madrid Open.
Verdasco went into Friday's last-eight clash clearly feeling the effects of Thursday's three-hour clash against fellow Spaniard, Nadal, where he secured a first win in 14 attempts.
And, Berdych took full advantage as he lost just nine points on serve in the match and has yet to lose his delivery in three outings so far at the tournament which has seen many of the game's top players complaining about the quality of the blue clay at the Caja Magica.
The Czech, who is clearly enjoying the surface as he lost just two games in dispatching Gael Monfils, will face a tough test against Argentinian Juan Martin Del Potro on Saturday for a place in the final.
Del Potro won in Estoril last week and made it 10 wins out of 10 on clay in 2012 with a 6-3 6-4 triumph against Alexandr Dolgopolov in his quarter-final on Friday.
ATP Homepage of Friday, May 11, 2012
Berdych To Meet In-Form Del Potro In SFs
Juan Martin del Potro improved to 10-0 on clay (22-0 in sets) this year when he reached the Mutua Madrid Open semi-finals on Friday.
by ATP Staff | 11.05.2012
Sixth-seeded Czech Tomas Berdych will meet No. 10 seed Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina in the Mutua Madrid Open semi-finals on Saturday.
Berdych improved to 10-4 lifetime against Rafael Nadal's conqueror, No. 15 seed Fernando Verdasco of Spain, after a 6-1, 6-2 victory in 67 minutes to reach his second Madrid semi-finals (also 2006 - l. to Gonzalez).
Berdych has yet to be broken in 25 service games this week. He lost just nine of his service points and hit four aces past Verdasco for his 25th match win of the season (25-6 overall). Madrid native Verdasco has a 10-10 mark at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament. He also reached the 2009 quarter-finals (l. to Nadal).
Berdych sends Verdasco packing from Madrid
MADRID — Tomas Berdych brought Fernando Verdasco crashing back to earth on Friday, a day after the local player had upset Rafael Nadal at the Madrid Masters.
Sixth seed Berdych, a quiet achiever on the ATP circuit, produced a convincing 6-1, 6-2 quarter-final win over the Madrid-born 15th seed Verdasco.
The Czech will next play Argentine tenth seed Juan Martin del Potro, who put out Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-3, 6-4 in a performance which featured ten aces just a week after winning the title in Estoril.
Berdych will be out for revenge after losing to Del Potro in their last meeting indoors in Rotterdam in February.
"It's the business end of the tournament with two more possible matches to come," said former Wimbledon finalist Berdych. "I know what I have to do against Del Potro.
"He's always tough, he knows how to win grand slams. It would be great to get a win over him after already losing. I'm here to go for the final. It will be a tough match, I'll have to play my game and be aggressive."
Verdasco refused to blame the week's controversial blue claycourt conditions for his sudden loss of form in the debacle against 2010 French Open semi-finalist Berdych.
"I'm not complaining at all about the court. For me it's no problem, it was slippery for everyone," he said.
After losing to Verdasco 24 hours earlier, Nadal lashed out at the admittedly imperfect surface, vowing never to return to Madrid as long as the blue clay remains.
Tomas Berdych was impressive with a straight sets win over Verdasco