|Posted on September 5, 2012 at 9:00 PM|
Berdych Looking Forward To Federer Clash
Tomas Berdych has a 4-11 FedEx ATP Head2Head record against Roger Federer going into their quarter-final on Wednesday. They have split their last six meetings, with two of Berdych’s past three wins coming on North American hard courts.
“It's a quite nice statistic,” admitted Berdych. “But this is another one. He played some incredible tennis again, won another Grand Slam, become No. 1 again, so probably there is no better player at all to play right now. When I saw the draw in the beginning, it was like, ‘Yeah, that would be the goal to get into play a match with Roger.’ I was able to beat him three times. He's now strong again, but I think it's going to be quite [a] different match than the matches before. I'm [a] different player as well. I'm getting more experience and [I’m] feeling good.”
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H2H Tomas Berdych vs Roger Federer
Order of Play - Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Arthur Ashe Stadium - Match Start At: 11:00 AM
Women's Singles - Quarterfinals - To Finish 4-0
Marion Bartoli (FRA)  vs Maria Sharapova (RUS) 
Not Before:12:30 PM
Men's Singles - 4th Round - To Finish 6-6(1)
Andy Roddick (USA)  vs Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG) 
Not Before:7:00 PM
Women's Singles - Quarterfinals
Ana Ivanovic (SRB)  vs Serena Williams (USA) 
Men's Singles - Quarterfinals
Roger Federer (SUI)  vs Tomas Berdych (CZE) 
Tomas Berdych knocks Roger Federer out of US Open
Tomas Berdych celebrates after defeating Roger Federer in the quarter-finals.
US OPEN 2012
Berdych Stuns Federer To Reach SFs
New York, U.S.A.
by ATP Staff | 05.09.2012
World No. 7 Tomas Berdych played spoiler in Roger Federer’s bid for a sixth US Open title, upsetting the top-seeded Swiss 7-6(1), 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 in the quarter-finals Wednesday night on Arthur Ashe Stadium.
It marks the first time in eight years that Federer has failed to reach the semi-finals at Flushing Meadows, and also the first time since 2001 - when Yevgeny Kafelnikov defeated Gustavo Kuerten in the quarter-finals - that the top men’s seed at the US Open is not among the last four.
"I'm disappointed. I really expect myself to play better tonight, especially at night I have had such a great record," said Federer. "I felt good. Such an amazing summer I had. I really thought I was going to come out and play a solid match. I didn't do that tonight. Obviously there is a bit of a letdown now."
Federer had entered the match on a nine-match winning streak, following his title win in Cincinnati on the eve of the US Open, and with a perfect record in night session matches on Arthur Ashe Stadium. He secured the first break of serve, but his lead proved short-lived as Berdych broke back and took the first set in the tie-break.
The Czech, who defeated Federer in their last Grand Slam meeting two years ago in the Wimbledon quarter-finals, secured the second set with two breaks and opened the third with another break of serve. But two untimely double-faults by the Czech - on break point opportunities for Federer - turned the momentum briefly in the five-time champion’s favour.
Though Federer pulled within a set, he was unable to overcome Berdych. The Czech put a forehand winner past Federer on break point opportunity go up 5-3 and served out the match at love.
"I cannot count on beating Roger in straight sets and not getting in any trouble," said Berdych. "I was always careful that anything could happen. Actually, it happened in the third set that he came strongly back. But for that, I'm even more happy with the way that I was able to hold his pressure and then add something extra for the fourth set."
Berdych advances to his first semi-final at the US Open, and will take a 4-2 FedEx ATP Head2Head record into his next match against World No. 4 Andy Murray.
Federer had earned a walkover into the quarter-finals, following Mardy Fish's withdrawal due to health issues, and was playing his first match since Saturday.
"I should come in here with tons of energy and ready to go," he said. "Who knows, if you get that day, that match in with Fish, come through with more confidence, maybe the first three matches didn't quite give me that. Who knows? I don't put that down as a negative, really. I just didn't come up with the goods tonight. It was unfortunate."
ATP Homepage of Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Ester Satorova the girlfriend of Tomas Berdych watches his men's singles quarterfinal match against Roger Federer on Day Ten of the 2012 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 5, 2012 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.
Ester Satorova watches Tomas upset World No. 1 Roger Federer on Wednesday night at the US Open
Berdych stuns Federer under the lights
by David Rosenberg (official website US Open)
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Tomas Berdych upset top seed and five-time champ Roger Federer 7-6 (1), 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 tonight in the quarterfinals of the US Open.
It wasn’t the first time Berdych had upset Federer on a big stage. Although he came into the match 4-11 against Federer, two of those victories hit Federer where it hurt most: At the 2004 Olympics and in the quarterfinals of Wimbledon in 2010.
But even those upsets couldn’t compete with this one. Federer was a perfect 23-0 playing under the lights in Arthur Ashe Stadium and was riding a summer of success that included titles at Wimbledon and Cincinnati, a silver medal at the Olympics and the retaking of the No. 1 ranking. Not only had Berdych never reached the quarterfinals of the US Open, but he was playing his first match under the lights.
Federer entered the match tonight looking fresh and well rested after Mardy Fish withdrew from their fourth round match. After the wet, muggy Labor Day weather and the solemn mood that saw Andy Roddick retire earlier in the day, the evening suddenly felt like a Federer kind of night. The air was crisp, and the packed, pro-Federer crowd that included Anna Wintour and Pippa Middleton seemed ready to enjoy a match uninterrupted by rain.
Federer delivered right away, breaking Berdych to start the match. Although he missed the rainy weather, Federer’s game quickly started to look rusty as Berdych broke him back a few games later and ran straight through Federer to win the tiebreak 7-1. Berdych then broke Federer to start the second set and looked ready to steamroll the 17-time Grand Slam champ by winning the second set and breaking Federer to lead 3-2 in the third.
"I just didn't come up with the goods tonight," said Federer, adding that his four days off was not part of the problem. "It was unfortunate."
Berdych had been in this position before, most notably at the 2009 Australian Open where he led Federer two sets to love before falling in five sets. As if on cue, Federer suddenly broke Berdych to tie the score at 3-3 and then broke him before seving out the third set 6-3.
Berdych righted the ship by holding serve to open the fourth set and from there Federer was fighting to stay even. With Federer serving down 3-4, Berdych broke and then held serve to take the match.
Even with his lapse of concentration in the third set, Berdych played a clean match, hitting 30 winners and making only 21 unforced errors.
"When you end up losing at the end, you know, you always hope that you made every chance you had," said Federer. "He probably created more than I did, and that's why he ended up winning tonight."
Berdych will play No. 3 seed Andy Murray in the semifinals.
Powerful Tomas Berdych stuns Roger Federer to set up semi-final against Andy Murray
Roger Federer loses to Tomas Berdych in US Open quarters
BBC | Sept 5 2012
Roger Federer was knocked out of the US Open, suffering a surprise defeat by sixth seed Tomas Berdych, who will face Andy Murray in the semi-finals.
The world number one and five-time champion lost 7-6 (7-1) 6-4 3-6 6-3 in two hours 42 minutes, his first ever quarter-final defeat in New York.
Czech Republic's Berdych out-hit Federer to reach the last four at Flushing Meadows for the first time.
The remaining two quarter-finals take place on Thursday.
David Ferrer meets Janko Tipsarevic at 18:30 BST, with defending champion Novak Djokovic playing Juan Martin del Potro in the final night match.
It is the first Grand Slam semi-final line-up featuring neither Federer nor the injured Rafael Nadal since the 2004 French Open.
"I just didn't come up with the goods tonight," said Wimbledon champion and Olympic silver medallist Federer, who last failed to make the semi-finals of this event in 2003.
"I've got to go back to the drawing board and see what's really a priority. I'm disappointed. I really expected myself to play better.
"I felt good and had such an amazing summer. I really thought I was going to come out and play a solid match. I didn't do that."
The 31-year-old had not played since Saturday but showed few signs of rustiness as he broke Berdych's serve in the opening game.
However, the 26-year-old Czech battled back to force a first-set tie-break and dominated it with a show of brutal shot-making.
Contesting his first US Open quarter-final, Berdych started the second set as he finished the first, breaking Federer for a 2-0 lead and denying the Swiss a look-in on his serve.
He struck again with an unstoppable forehand for 5-2 and, although Federer immediately recovered one of the breaks, closed out to love at the second attempt.
A swift conclusion was in sight when Federer's serve was broken again at the beginning of the third set, but he finally found some rhythm and drew level thanks to a Berdych double-fault in game six.
The crowd roared with delight as Federer punished his nervous-looking opponent, but the Czech regained his composure in set four.
In game eight, Federer saw a forehand sail long off the net cord, handing a break point to his opponent.
Berdych grabbed the opportunity, passing the Swiss at the net to lead 5-3 before serving out the match to love.
"It couldn't be better," said Berdych, who knocked out Federer at the same stage of Wimbledon in 2010.
"There is no better feeling than to play my first night session against Roger and be able to beat him. I really enjoyed it. The crowd were great and I'm really looking forward to the next one."
Tomas Berdych has knocked Roger Federer out of the US Open with a stunning four-set victory
Tomas Berdych Reacts To Roger Federer US Open WinTomas Berdych discusses his quarter-final win over Roger Federer on Wednesday night at the US Open. Tomas Berdych sensationally upset world number one Roger Federer to set up a US Open semi-final against Andy Murray. It was a performance of sustained brilliance from the sixth seed as he handed Federer his earliest defeat at Flushing Meadows since 2003.
An interview with: TOMAS BERDYCH
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.
Q. You must be absolutely delighted with that performance of sheer intensity and power and also mental strength?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Yeah, I mean, probably there was everything just right today, so that's get up the results or the result what was happening on court. Yeah, probably there was not a ‑‑ well, not a bad spot. Of course that I lost the third set. But, you know, I cannot count on I'm going to be beating Roger in straight sets and not to get in any trouble. So, you know, I was always, you know, careful that anything could happen. Actually, it happened in the third set that, you know, he came strongly back. But for that, you know, I'm even more happy with the way that I was able to, you know, hold his pressure and then, you know, add something extra for the fourth set.
Q. You always play well against Federer, or almost always against him. Do you think you match up particularly well with him considering what he is or, I mean, the champion he is?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, I mean, it's tough to say, you know. It's still 11‑5 or something for him. So, you know, I know, but it's probably the way that, with my game, I'm able to make him some trouble, you know. That even if he's playing well and then we play a match together, then, you know, probably ‑‑ or probably ‑‑ there is something in my game that he doesn't like and it makes him a bit struggle, I would say, and maybe bring him out of his comfort zone that he always like to be on court. He always like to have a time and he always like to have ‑‑ you know, be the one who is dictating the game. If there is someone different, then someone else who can be in his position, then that's the way I'm, you know, you know, successful in couple of matches with him.
Q. How can your game give Andy Murray similarly any trouble?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, I mean, there is probably not ‑‑ there is probably no secret that I can bring something up, you know, that I will do something differently for my next match. It's gonna be the way that, you know, I have a few days off to get ready, to get rest, to prepare again, and, you know, try to keep my game on the same level. As I said in the beginning, if my game is well and I'm able to play my game, then I have a quite dangerous game to beat anyone.
Q. In the fourth set when he's coming back stronger and the crowd is really behind him, they are cheering on your first serve and when you miss, what's going through your mind? Do you keep all of this away, or do you feel the pressure on the court?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, I just felt it in the end of the third set, you know, where he took the break back. Then he made another one, you know, and he was really pushing, you know. And then, yeah, the set was over. He still needs two more; I need only one. I was still in the better position. That was the way that I was actually mentally ready for that, that I'm still in bigger advantage. I just need to stay as close as possible with him. Either if the crowd is gonna be on his side he's gonna be play well, but whatever is happen, I was just trying to stay close and, yeah, I got a chance. I made it, and then finish it with my serve.
Q. You looked very confident out there. Where is this coming from? What's your motivation out there tonight?
TOMAS BERDYCH: What do you think is the other the kind of motivation I can have? You know, I play against Roger, one of the greatest players in the world. I play my first night session match. I mean, theres thousands of reasons of the motivation, you know. That's it, you know. I mean, that's for me the biggest challenge I can have, and, you know, that's how it is.
Q. How much did it hurt when you actually fell over in the fourth set? Almost a blow to your pride to lose your footing? You got up and you got your mind right back into it straight after that.
TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, as long as my hands ‑‑ actually you cannot see. It looks like this. I don't have the blisters, but quite hard hand. I was able to, you know, I just scratched a little bit of my hard skin on the hand. Then I was quite able to hold the racquet. Because actually this one could be quite dangerous, because if you make something on your hands then and you cannot hold the racquet. That could be worse than any other injury. So finally I was lucky and, you know, to hold it up and then, you know, to hold my racquet quite well, have a feeling still in that. You know, I just, yeah, throw it away. Yeah, it happens. But, I mean, it was just one of the incredible shots that Roger make. So, yeah, it was a good shot from him.
Q. How do you consider your year so far? Before tonight, were you satisfied with the year you had, or now this win makes a sort of big change, in a way, because your first semifinal of the US Open, you beat Federer, and so on?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, if the year would be good or great or I don't know how to say that, then you add in the result like that, then you get a bonus or you get another great result. (Smiling.) I don't know comparing to, let's say, Madrid final or ‑‑ I don't know the other results. It's tough to say, you know. It's another one. It's my semifinal here, which is the first one, and extremely happy for that beating Roger. That doesn't happen every day. So, yeah, this makes the season much, much better, yeah.
Q. Has this been a different meaning than the one you had in Wimbledon few years ago when you beat Roger in Wimbledon? Is this feeling different now compared to this year? Are you a different player now?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, I think I'm a different player than the years before. I would say I'm more experienced than that time. Well, yeah, actually the situation in Wimbledon was quite similar, especially with the end of the match, you know, where actually I was 5‑4‑up going for the serve. The time actually on the changeover was, you know, at that time quite hard for me because it was the first time to beating him on the Grand Slam and that time in Wimbledon. But this is the experience what I already learn from it. This time I made it much better and finish it in the way I did and serving just great. Yeah, it's a bit different. It's another match, another tournament. So, yeah, it comes.
Q. There was a moment when he hit a volley and it just dropped in. Then you turned your racquet around and it looked like you were playing it like a guitar. Were you as relaxed as you looked at that moment?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Yeah. You cannot be anything else, you know. When you play really great shots, really great rally, and then he come up with a shot like that, then, you know, I just give him my credit for that. And it was not only this point. I mean, he did many others like this. But, yeah, that's Roger. You know, with him it's not luck. He really knows, you know, how to hit those shots and actually how to read the situation to make the shot happen. Yeah, just, you know, I have to laugh. There is nothing else to do.
Q. You have a good record against Andy, but is he a different player because of what's happened this year in terms of the gold medal and the way he played in the final for the first time rather than not winning a set? Is he a different proposition for you now?
TOMAS BERDYCH: We'll see after the match if he's going to be something different or not.
Q. Does he appear to be different having Ivan? He doesn't seem to blow up so much.
TOMAS BERDYCH: Well probably he reach the results you said, won the gold medal and has been in the final of Wimbledon, so probably it helps to him a lot. But as I said, you know, probably similar to matches with Roger. You know, even if he's playing well and then, you know, I come up with my game, which probably him doesn't like maybe too much like the other guys, so then, you know, I bring something different and that could be my chance.
Q. One of the other big upsets this year was Lukas Rosol beating Nadal at Wimbledon. Do you think there is something in the Czech mentality that sort of makes you guys less afraid of big wins than other countries?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, I just hope you're not comparing me with Lukas Rosol. Do you? (Laughter.)
Q. No, I'm not saying that. I'm just saying...
TOMAS BERDYCH: You did. You just said that there was a big upset and Rosol will beat Nadal and then you mentioned my match here.
TOMAS BERDYCH: Okay, good. So first of all, I don't think that we are in the same position, that it's actually that big upset. But all right, you said that. Well, I don't know what else to say. I mean, is it something wrong that we are from Czech and beating big guys? No? Good. Okay,
Q. It's a good thing.
TOMAS BERDYCH: It's a good thing, yeah. So, yeah, we will try to do it for next time again.
Q. Is there anything that you have done to turn your form around after disappointing results at Wimbledon and the Olympics?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, yeah, actually I did. You know, I took a break after Wimbledon, which, you know, because after the first, I would say, half of the season, which was quite hard for me and I felt quite tired, then, you know, I made it like as a decision. Then, you know, always everybody comes, you know, to say that when you're not playing extremely well in the first tournament after that that it was a mistake and why he did that, and, you know, all these things like this way. But, you know, I still knew that there was my decision, and that's for my tennis. You know, I did a good preparation for it and actually that's the results, so, you know, I did it. I'm happy that I made it, yeah.
Q. What's it going to be like not only Andy Murray you're playing against but one of the Czech greats, Ivan Lendl, he will be helping Murray? What will that be like for you?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, I already had that experience from Monte‑Carlo, and since then we didn't play each other. So so far when Ivan is with Andy I think we have it 1‑all. Well, it would be nice to maybe, you know, to get to the lead. But, you know, I think he's gonna try to do the same. It's gonna be a nice match.
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