|Posted on May 25, 2012 at 7:15 PM|
Czech Republic's team has qualified to play Final against Serbia
Tomas in the audience celebrates Czech victory Friday 25 May 2012. Frantisek Cermak and Radek Stepanek combined in doubles to insure a 2-1 victory as they beat Carlos Berloq and Leonardo Mayer 6-4, 4-6, 1-3 (match tiebreak).
gif File Size: 2.06 Mo - 280 x 160
Serbia, Czech Republic Advance To Dusseldorf Final
The Czech Republic and Serbia will square off in Saturday's best-of-three final at the World Team Cup tennis event, a final clay-court French Open tune-up.
The Czechs (3-0) secured their berth in the final with a tie-ending doubles victory over 2011 runner-up and 2010 champion Argentina in the four-nation round-robin Red Group.
After splitting a pair of singles rubbers over the last two days at Rochusclub, a Czech tandem of Radek Stepanek and Frantisek Cermak snuck past an Argentine duo of Carlos Berlocq and Leonardo Mayer 6-4, 4-6, 10-3 on Friday. Earlier in the day, Mayer pulled Argentina (2-1) even with the Czechs with a 6-7 (4-7), 7-5, 6-4 victory over Stepanek. On Thursday, former Wimbledon and recent Madrid Masters runner-up Tomas Berdych beat Berlocq 6-1, 6-7 (2-7), 6-3.
The last time the Czech Republic titled here was in 1981, when it was part of the former Czechoslovakia.
This week's other Red Group combatants were the four-time winner United States (1-2) and Japan (0-3).
The Serbs (3-0) captured the four-country Blue Group with a victory over the defending champion Germans (2-1).
Saturday's Czech Republic-Serbia final will open with a match between Berdych and Tipsarevic, and that will be followed by a bout between Stepanek and Troicki. The potentially-deciding doubles match will be announced later Saturday.
The other Blue Group participants this week were Russia (1-2) and Croatia (0-3). The Russians beat the former champion Croats 2-1, including a pair of wins on Friday when Alex Bogomolov Jr. leveled Lovro Zovko 6-4, 6-2 and a Russian pairing of Igor Kunitsyn and Dmitry Tursunov overcame a Croatian duo of Zovko and Ivan Dodig 2-6, 6-3, 10-3.
H2H Tomas Berdych vs Janko Tipsarevic
Order of Play - Saturday, May 26, 2012
Center Court 1 - Matches Start At: 12:00 noon
Tomas Berdych (CZE) vs Janko Tipsarevic (SRB)
Radek Stepanek (CZE) vs Viktor Troicki (SRB)
DUSSELDORF SATURDAY PREVIEW
CZECH REPUBLIC, SERBIA TO MEET IN CHAMPIONSHIP
• The Czech Republic and Serbia will square off in Saturday’s final of the Power Horse World Team Cup with a pair of Top 10 players beginning the order of play.
• The Red Group champions, Czech Republic, went 3-0 in round robin play and will attempt to capture their third title in Duesseldorf, the first since 1987. They also won the title in 1981. Blue Group winners, Serbia, also went 3-0 in group play and they will try to earn their second title here (2009).
• Leading off the action is World No. 7 Tomas Berdych, who is the top player from the Czech Republic, against World No. 8 Janko Tipsarevic, who is the No. 2 player from Serbia (behind World No. 1 Novak Djokovic). Tipsarevic leads the head-to-head series 4-3 but Berdych has won the past three meetings, including their only clay court battle last month in the Davis Cup quarter-finals in three tie-breaks. Both players have compiled a 3-0 mark this week to help lead their country into the final. Berdych comes in with a 31-8 match record on the season, including 14-3 mark on clay. Tipsarevic is 25-11 overall this year, 10-5 on clay.
• In the second match on, Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic takes a 4-2 record against Viktor Troicki of Serbia. Stepanek is 1-2 in singles this week but he teamed on Friday with Frantisek Cermak to defeat Argentina’s Carlos Berlocq and Leonardo Mayer to lift his country to a 2-1 victory and into the final. Troicki is 3-0 in singles this week and he’s lifted his match record to 14-13 on the season. He’s also 8-4 lifetime in Duesseldorf.
Tomas Berdych (CZE) vs Janko Tipsarevic (SRB) Tipsarevic Leads 4-3
2004 Stockholm (Sweden) Hard R32 Janko Tipsarevic 3-6 7-5 6-1
2010 SRB vs. CZE WG SF (Serbia) Hard RR Janko Tipsarevic 7-5 6-2 2-6 7-6(5)
2011 ATP Masters 1000 Montreal Hard QF Janko Tipsarevic 6-4 6-4
2011 US Open (U.S.A.) Hard R32 Janko Tipsarevic 6-4 5-0 ret
2011 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Paris Hard R16 Tomas Berdych 7-5 6-4
2011 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals Hard RR Tomas Berdych 2-6 6-3 7-6(6)
2012 CZE vs. SRB WG QF (Czech Rep) Clay RR Tomas Berdych 7-6(6) 7-6(6) 7-6(7)
2004 Weiden CH (Germany) Clay F Tomas Berdych 6-3 6-3
2009 Sunrise CH (U.S.A.) Hard SF Tomas Berdych 6-0 6-4
Tomas Berdych / Janko Tipsarevic
Sets Won: 9 10
Tiebreak Sets Won: 4 1
Match Wins By Surface:
Clay: 1 0
Hard: 2 4
W: Montpellier (d Monfils); F: ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid (l Federer); SF (2): Rotterdam (l Del Potro); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Monte Carlo (l Djokovic); QF(3): Australian Open (l Nadal); Dubai (l Murray); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Rome (l Nadal)
YTD W-L: 31-8 (14-3 on clay)
YTD Titles: 1/Career Titles: 7
Date of Birth: September 17, 1985
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 7
- Sixth Tournament Appearance (2005-08, ’10, ‘12) in Duesseldorf (15-4 record)
2012 in Review:
• Berdych, 26, the top player from the Czech Republic, has reached the quarter-finals or better in seven ATP World Tour tournaments and has a 31-8 record (14-3 on clay since April)…Six of his losses (2-6) have come to Top 10 foes
• Two weeks ago he reached his 14th career ATP World Tour final (7-7 mark) in Madrid (l. to Federer), third in an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final (1-2) and fifth on clay (2-3)…Then followed with a quarter-final in Rome last week (l. to Nadal)
• 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 3-6 mark vs. Top 10 opponents this year (28-66 in career)…Also 1-5 in finals vs. Top 10 opponents with lone win over No. 10 Ljubicic in 2005 Paris final
F: Chennai (l Raonic); SF(2): Marseille (l Llodra); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid (l Federer); QF(3): Dubai (l Djokovic); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami (l Murray); Barcelona (l Nadal)
YTD W-L: 25-11 (10-5 on clay)
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 2
Date of Birth: June 22, 1984
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 8
- Third Tournament Appearance (2009, ’11-12) in Duesseldorf (7-2 record)
2012 in Review:
• Tipsarevic, 27, enters with a 25-11 match record (10-5 on clay) and he’s reached six quarter-finals or better this season…Has won opening round match in 10 of 11 tournaments this year with only opening loss in Rome (l. to Wawrinka)
• Last month, played in Davis Cup quarter-final tie in Czech Republic and defeated Radek Stepanek 9-7 in the fifth set in second rubber before losing to No. 7 Berdych in three tie-breaks…Then followed with third round in Monte Carlo (l. to Simon)
• His best result was a runner-up showing in opening week in Chennai (l. to Raonic in three tie-breaks without break of serve)…In February, advanced to semi-finals in Marseille (l. to Llodra) and two weeks ago in Madrid (l. to Federer)…Also a quarter-finalist at ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami (l. to Murray) in March
• Has an 1-5 mark vs. Top 10 opponents this year after defeating No. 1 Djokovic in QFs in Madrid (13-36 in career, 3-10 on clay.
Tomas Berdych lost to Janko Tipsarevic
Tipsarevic Tops Berdych To Give Serbia 1-0 Lead Over Czech Republic
by ATP Staff | 26.05.2012
World No. 8 Janko Tipsarevic gave Serbia a 1-0 lead over Czech Republic in the Power Horse World Team Cup final at Dusseldorf on Saturday.
Tipsarevic defeated Tomas Berdych 7-5, 7-6 in one hour and 57 minutes in the opening rubber to break a three-match losing streak against the World No. 7.
Viktor Troicki will look to clinch the trophy for Serbia with victory over Czech Radek Stepanek in the second singles rubber at the Rochusclub.
Red Group champions, Czech Republic, went 3-0 in round robin play this week and are attempting to capture its third title and the first since 1987. They also won the title in 1981. Blue Group winners, Serbia, also went 3-0 in group play and it will try to earn its second title (2009).
Serbian Team, Nenad Zimonjic, Janko Tipsarevic, Miki Jankovic and Viktor Troicki, from left, celebrate with the trophy after winning the final of the World Team Cup tennis tournament against Czech Republic at the Rochus club in Duesseldorf, Germany, Saturday, May 26, 2012. The team of Serbia won all the matches -including the doubles Nenad Zimonjic/Janko Tipsarevic vs Tomas Berdych/Frantisek Cermak.
POWER HORSE WORLD TEAM CUP 2012
Serbia Beats Czech Republic To Capture Trophy; Tipsarevic, Troicki Notch Singles Wins
by ATP Staff | 26.05.2012
Serbia has won the Power Horse World Team Cup in Dusseldorf for the second time.
Janko Tipsarevic and Viktor Troicki, who were part of the 2009 title-winning squad, helped Serbia to a 3-0 win over the Czech Republic with victories in the singles rubbers on Saturday.
World No. 8 Tipsarevic got Serbia off to a fine start at the Rochusclub with a 7-5, 7-6(8) win over Tomas Berdych in one hour and 57 minutes to break a three-match losing streak against the World No. 7. Tipsarevic, 27, has a 26-11 season record and is now 8-2 at the championship.
"We both played very solid. I was a bit lucky at the end of both sets," said Tipsarevic. "In the second set, his string broke on a very important point, but I felt I deserved to win. I was the better player today in the crucial moments of the match."
Berdych agreed with Tipsarevic's assessment, stating, "I think it was a pretty solid game today but unfortunately there were a couple of things that were a bit unlucky on my side. But that’s how it is in tennis."
In the second rubber, Troicki battled back from a slow start to overcome Czech Radek Stepanek 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 in two hours and eight minutes to clinch the team title for Serbia.
"I would say that it was not such a great match from both of us. It was more tactical," Troicki said. "I knew he was a bit more tired than me. I was using that and at the end I played good. I also want to thank Janko. He won all of his matches and he helped me a lot today with the pressure. I also want to thank Nenad and Miki. It was great."
"In the beginning, I was the better one," believes Stepanek. "I had more control over the game, I was active. But I think the previous days just slowly got me. I got slower on my legs and I didn’t have good positioning on the final shots."
Tipsarevic and Nenad Zimonjic then teamed up to complete a clean sweep for Serbia with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Tomas Berdych and Frantisek Cermak in the doubles rubber, which lasted 54 minutes.
Red Group champions, Czech Republic, went 3-0 in round robin play this week and were attempting to capture its third title and the first since 1987. They also won the title in 1981. Blue Group winners, Serbia, also went 3-0 in group play and earned its second trophy on the Dusseldorf clay.
The Czech Republic finished runner-up to Serbia at the World Team Cup in Dusseldorf
*Tomas not too happy but good preparation ahead of French Open*