|Posted on June 13, 2012 at 3:00 PM|
Tomas is seeded 3rd in Halle. He received a first-round bye and will open in the second round against Serbia's Viktor Troicki who beat German Benjamin Becker on Tuesday.
H2H Tomas Berdych vs Viktor Troicki
(3) Tomas Berdych (CZE) vs Viktor Troicki (SRB) Berdych Leads 3-1
2009 ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells Hard R64 Viktor Troicki 6-3 6-1
2010 ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells Hard R16 Tomas Berdych 6-1 6-3
2011 Halle (Germany) Grass QF Tomas Berdych 7-6(3) 6-1
2012 CZE vs. SRB WG QF (Czech Rep) Clay RR Tomas Berdych 6-2 6-1 6-2
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: 34-10 (37-14 career on grass)
YTD Titles: 1
Career Titles: 7
Date of Birth: September 17, 1985
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 7
- Sixth appearance (2006-09, ’11-12) in Halle (13-4 record; Winner in 2007, Finalist in ’06, SF in ‘11)
QF: Doha (l Monfils); Rotterdam (l Del Potro)
YTD W-L: 17-14 (12-10 career on grass)
YTD Titles: 0/Career Titles: 1
Date of Birth: February 10, 1986
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 33
- Fourth appearance (2009-12) in Halle (4-3 record; Quarter-finals in 2011)
Order of Play – Wednesday, June 13, 2012
CENTRE COURT – Matches Start At: 11:30 noon
Milos Raonic (CAN) vs Ze Zhang (CHN)
Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) vs Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR)
Tomas Berdych (CZE) vs Viktor Troicki (SRB)
Radek Stepanek (CZE) vs Cedrik-Marcel Stebe (GER)
Michal Mertinak (SVK)/Viktor Troicki (SRB) vs Marcel Granollers/Rafael Nadal (ESP)
In the third match, No. 3 seed and 2007 champion Tomas Berdych brings a 3-1 career mark against Viktor Troicki of Serbia. Berdych won in straight sets here one year ago in the quarter-finals and in the Davis Cup quarter-finals in April on clay. Berdych comes in with a 34-10 match record on the season and he’s 13-4 lifetime in Halle. In February, he captured his seventh career ATP World Tour title in Montpellier, France and last month he was runner-up at ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid (l. to Federer). In addition to his title here five years ago, Berdych was runner-up in 2006 and a semi-finalist last year.
Berdych Makes Winning Halle Debut
Berdych was among Wednesday's second-round winners
Tomas Berdych returns a ball to Serbia's Viktor Troicki during their round of the last sixteen tennis match at the Gerry Weber Open tennis tournament in Halle, western Germany, on June 13, 2012. Berdych won the match 6-3, 6-2.
Berdych rolls in Halle opener
BERDYCH REACHES HALLE QFS
by ATP Staff | 13.06.2012
Tomas Berdych advances to the Halle quarter-finals for the fourth time.
Third-seeded Czech Tomas Berdych opened with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Serbian Viktor Troicki on Wednesday at the Gerry Weber Open. The World No. 7 won 88 per cent of points behind his first serve and broke Troicki four times to claim the victory in 63 minutes.
“After a long time of not playing on grass, since last year, the first match can be really tricky,” said Berdych. “The only thing you can really be focussed and concentrate on is your own game and your own serve, which I was doing pretty well. When you’re serving well you put some pressure on the opponent, he starts to make some mistakes, gives you some chances to break. That’s what happened today.”
Berdych has a 14-4 record at this ATP World Tour 250 grass-court tournament, highlighted by the title win in 2007 (d. Baghdatis) and a runner-up finish in 2006 (l. to Federer). He awaits the winner between 2009 champion Tommy Haas and sixth seed Marcel Granollers in the quarter-finals.
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Tomas Berdych got his ATP Halle assault underway with a 6-3 6-2 second-round win over Viktor Troicki
Tomas Berdych advances at Gerry Weber Open
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Berdych mixes with the favourites
Effortless victory over Serbian Troicki
So far at the GERRY WEBER OPEN, all of the talk has been about Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. But when it comes down to the candidates for the grass-court title in Halle, then the name Tomas Berdych also springs to mind. The Czech dismantled Serbia's Viktor Troicki 6-3, 6-2.
Berdych has spent years playing in the shadows of the top four in the world, but that does not stop him from frustrating Djokovic and co. from time to time. In 2010, he reached the final at Wimbledon, beating Roger Federer along the way before ultimately losing to Rafael Nadal. In Halle, he took the title in 2007. He is always one to keep an eye on and, in the quarter-finals, the world number seven will now come up against the winner of the match between Tommy Haas and Marcel Granollers.
Berdych showed what he is capable of agaisnt Viktor Troicki, who trains in the Gerry Weber Breakpoint base and is coached by the German Jan de Witt. Powerful serves and extremely precise base-line shots - basically, the same system which his opponent used, only a touch better in the finer details. Two breaks in the first set, two more in the second and the match was over.
The match reflected the way both players' seasons have gone. Berdych has had a good year with a quarter-final appearance in Melbourne, last-16 in Paris and tournament victory in Montpellier, as well as the final in Madrid and semi-final in Monaco. Viktor Troicki (26), on the other hand, is struggling to find his form from last year, when he moved up to 12th in the World Rankings and reached the last 16 of the French Open. Apart from victory with Serbia in the World Team Cup, not much is going his way in 2012. And that was the case in the last-16 of the GERRY WEBER OPEN too.
The man from Belgrade was constantly gesticulating to his coach, arguing with the chair umpire and getting frustrated with his own performance.
Berdych Reaches Halle QFs
Interview with Tomas Berdych after his win against Viktor Troicki
Q: How did it feel on the court? Was it a bit too easy for the first match on grass today?
BERDYCH: Well after a long time that I have not been playing on grass, since last year, always the first match can go really tricky. The only thing you can really be focused and concentrate is your own game and your own serve which I was doing pretty well. Then, when you’re serving well you give some pressure on the opponent, he starts to do some mistakes, gives you some chances to break. That’s all what happened today.
Q: Do you appreciate that you only have to play four matches this week and not five maybe?
BERDYCH: If we’re going to get to the point it’s going to be four matches I wouldn’t care even if it was five matches. It’s the same thing. It’s just the way to get to the final. Well, I think it’s a pretty good idea from the tournament to do it like that. As you can see the draw is really tough with a lot of guys that probably wouldn’t be ready to play since Monday. I think that’s the perfect schedule.