|Posted on August 21, 2009 at 6:21 AM|
Cincinnati 2009 Quarter-Final - Tomas Berdych and Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal next faces Czech Tomas Berdych, who needed just 65 minutes to make his way comfortably past Australian qualifier Chris Guccione 6-4, 6-3. Nadal has as light advantage in the series after winning their past three meetings to improve to a 4-3 head-to-head record, but Berdych holds a 3-1 lead on hardcourts, including a win in a third set tie-break four years ago in Cincinnati.
"I lost against him here in unbelievable match in 2005," remembered Nadal. "I know the court is fast, and the conditions is good for him, I think. But I'm here to try my best and to find a solution to try to win."
Order of Play - Friday, August 21, 2009
CENTER COURT - Matches Start At: 10:00 AM
Michael LLODRA (FRA)/Jo-Wilfried TSONGA (FRA) vs Mahesh BHUPATHI (IND) Mark KNOWLES(BAH)
Not Before12:00 PM
Andy MURRAY (GBR) vs Julien BENNETEAU (FRA)
Roger FEDERER (SUI) vs Lleyton HEWITT (AUS)
Not Before3:00 PM
Gilles SIMON (FRA) vs Novak DJOKOVIC (SRB)
Not Before7:00 PM
Tomas BERDYCH (CZE) vs Rafael NADAL (ESP)
Bob BRYAN(USA)/Mike BRYAN (USA) vs Wesley MOODIE (RSA)/Dick NORMAN (BEL)
HEAD TO HEAD
Tomas Berdych (CZE) vs (2) Rafael Nadal (ESP)
Nadal Leads 4-3
- 2005 Bastad (Sweden) Clay Final Rafael Nadal 2-6 6-2 6-4
- 2005 ATP Masters Series Cincinnati (USA) Hard R64 Tomas Berdych 6-7(4)6-2 7-6(3)
- 2006 ATP Masters Series Toronto (Canada) Hard R16 Tomas Berdych 6-1 3-6 6-2
- 2006 ATP Masters Series Madrid (Spain) Hard QF Tomas Berdych 6-3 7-6(6)
- 2007 ATP Masters Series Monte Carlo Clay SF Rafael Nadal 6-0 7-5
- 2007 Wimbledon (Great Britain) Grass QF Rafael Nadal 7-6(1) 6-4 6-2
- 2008 ATP Masters Series Miami (U.S.A.) Hard SF Rafael Nadal 7-6(6) 6-2
· The 23-year-old Czech Republic native has a 7-4 career mark at the tournament and appearing in his first quarter-final in fifth showing...He posted wins over No. 10 seed Fernando Gonzalez 64 Ret. (knee), Philipp Petzschner 76 67(7) 64 and qualifier Chris Guccione 64 63
· He made his debut four years ago (ranked No. 36) and defeated No. 2 Nadal 67(4) 62 76(3) in the first round before losing in the next round in a third set tie-break
· Two years ago, ousted Benjamin Becker and Arnaud Clement before losing to No. 5 Davydenko in the third round...Last year beat No. 15 Gonzalez in the first round and fell to Andreas Seppi in the next round
W: Munich (d Youzhny); QF: Washington (l Isner)
2009 in Review:
· The No. 2 Czech Republic player (behind No. 17 Stepanek) has a 25-18 match record on the season with his best result a title in Munich in May (d. Youzhny), the fifth of his career
· Two weeks ago he advanced to the quarter-finals in Washington (l. to Isner) and last week in Montreal he lost in the first round to Philipp Kohlschreiber in three sets
· Last month he helped his native country to a 3-2 quarter-final victory over Argentina by defeating Juan Monaco in the opening rubber in five sets before losing to No. 5 Juan Martin del Potro in the fourth rubber in straight sets
· In Grand Slam play, he reached the fourth round at the Australian Open (l. to Federer in five sets after winning first two sets) and at Wimbledon (l. to Roddick) while exiting in the first round at Roland Garros (l. to Bolelli)
· In February, lost back-to-back first round matches in Rotterdam (l. to Dimitrov) and Marseille (l. to Youzhny) before beating No. 8 Gilles Simon in opening rubber of first round Davis Cup tie against France in the Czech Republic - Czechs won the tie 3-2
· Has an 1-6 record vs. Top 10 opponents and 14-38 lifetime - His last Top 3 win came over No. 2 Nadal in the quarter-finals at ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid in October 2006
· In March (between Indian Wells and Miami), took a wild card into Sunrise (Fla.) Challenger and reached the final (l. to Soderling)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 History:
· Has a 50-41 career record, winning his lone title in Paris in 2005 - Posted wins over five consecutive seeds/Top 20 foes, including No. 7 Coria, Ferrero, Gaudio, Stepanek and No. 10 Ljubicic in five sets
· Also a semi-finalist in Madrid in 2006 (d. No. 6 Roddick, No. 2 Nadal, l. to Gonzalez), Monte Carlo in 2007 (l. to Nadal) and Miami last year (l. to Nadal)
· In 2008, finished as the top Czech Republic player and in Top 20 for third straight year at No. 20 - Captured his fourth career ATP World Tour title in Tokyo (d. Roddick, del Potro in F) and also runner-up in Bastad (l. to Robredo)
· In 2007, finished as the No. 1 Czech Republic player and in the Top 15 (at No. 14) for the second straight year - Won his third ATP World Tour title (first on grass) in Halle (d. Baghdatis) and advanced to his first Grand Slam quarterfinal at Wimbledon (l. to Nadal)
· Helped his country to a 3-2 Davis Cup win over Switzerland to qualify for '08 World Group...Went 2-8 vs. Top 10 opponents and compiled records of 21-14 on hard, 16-8 on clay and 8-1 on grass...Surpassed $1 million for second straigth year by earning a career-high $1,126,070.
· Has a 5-4 career record in ATP finals and reached a personal-high No. 9 in the South African Airways ATP Rankings on Aug. 20, 2007
· Coached by countryman Tomas Krupa (since Jan. 2009) after working with former ATP pro Jaroslav Navratil
... unfortunately, Tomas lost to Rafael Nadal 4-6, 5-7.
Nice run in Cincy, great effort for reaching QF this year.
in a tight match... Nadal beat Tomas Berdych in one hour 41 minutes,
with a pair of service breaks enough to seal the win.
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2009 Tomas reached Quarter-Final, it's his best result in 5 appearances in Cincy. Bravo Tomas.
Last year he lost in Round 2 to Andreas Seppi
Tomas Berdych supporters in the United States
*** Vamos Berdych*** ^^