|Posted on October 12, 2012 at 2:00 PM|
Quarter-Finals Shanghai Masters - First on Stadium is No. 4 seed Tomas Berdych against No. 5 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga for the third time (tied 1-1), a battle between two of the leading contenders for one of the last four spots in the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals (Berdych is No. 6 in the race while Tsonga is No. 8). Berdych has a few stats pointing his way in this one: while Tsonga is 0-3 in ATP Masters 1000 quarter-finals so far this year (falling at this stage in Miami, Monte Carlo and Rome), Berdych is 2-1 (reaching the semi-finals of Monte Carlo and the final of Madrid). Also, the two Top 8 players have different records against their ranking class this year: while Tsonga is 0-6 against Top 8 players this year, Berdych is 3-7; they have met twice, both last fall, with Berdych winning on outdoor hard courts in Beijing and Tsonga winning indoors in the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London.
Order of Play – Friday, October 12, 2012
STADIUM - Matches Start At: 2:00 pm
Jo-Wilfried TSONGA (FRA)  vs Tomas BERDYCH (CZE) 
Andy MURRAY (GBR)  vs Radek STEPANEK (CZE)
Not Before 6:00 PM
Tommy HAAS (GER) vs Novak DJOKOVIC (SRB) 
Not Before 8:00 PM
Roger FEDERER (SUI)  vs Marin CILIC (CRO) 
H2H Tomas Berdych vs Jo Wilfried Tsonga
(5) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) vs (4) Tomas Berdych (CZE) Tied 1-1
2011 Beijing (China) Hard SF Tomas Berdych 6-4 4-6 6-1
2011 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals Hard SF Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-3 7-5
04 Besancon CH (France) Hard R32 Tomas Berdych 4-6 6-1 6-4
• The 27-year-old Frenchman is appearing in the quarter-finals for the second time in three years (6-3 record)…After a bye, hit 10 aces and defeated countryman Benoit Paire 76(7) 75 in opening round on Wednesday and followed with a 62 76(2) win over Marcos Baghdatis on Thursday
• Two years ago lost in the quarter-finals (l. to eventual champ Murray)
• Last year lost in the second round (after a bye) to Kei Nishikori
W(2): Doha (d Monfils); Metz (d Seppi); F: Beijing (l Djokovic); SF(3): Marseille (l Del Potro); Wimbledon (l Murray); Winston-Salem (l Isner); QF(6): Dubai (l Del Potro); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami (l Nadal); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Monte Carlo (l Simon); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Rome (l Djokovic); Roland Garros (l Djokovic); London Olympics (l Djokovic)
YTD W-L: 50-18 (31-9 on hard),18-13 in Tie-breaks
YTD Titles: 2/Career Titles: 9
Date of Birth: April 17, 1985
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 6
2012 in Review:
• The top Frenchman in the South African Airways ATP Rankings is appearing in his 13th quarter-final of the season (6-6 in QF matches) and last Sunday he reached his third ATP World Tour final of the year (2-1) in Beijing where he lost to Djokovic 76 62
• Prior to that, repeated title on Sept. 23 in Metz (d. Seppi) for ninth career ATP World Tour crown …In opening week of the season, captured title in Doha (d. Monfils)
• Comes in with a 50-18 match record (31-9 on hard) and has won at least 50 matches for the third time in four years (55 last year and 53 in ’09)
• Has struggled against Top 10 opponents this year, going 1-9, with the lone win coming over No. 9 Juan Martin del Potro in Rome in May
• Has a 12-6 record in ATP Masters 1000 tournaments and this is his fourth quarter-final – Miami (l. to Nadal), Monte Carlo (l. to Simon) and Rome (l. to Djokovic)…Looking to reach first semi-final
• Put together a 13-4 record in Grand Slam play with repeat semi-final at Wimbledon (l. to Murray) and quarter-finals at Roland Garros…Also quarter-finalist at London Olympics (l. to Djokovic in both)
• One of three French winners on the ATP World Tour this year – Richard Gasquet in Bangkok on Sept. 30 and Gilles Simon in Bucharest in April
• Trying to qualify for the season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals for the third time…Last year lost in the final to Federer
• The 27-year-old Czech Republic native is 6-3 lifetime in Shanghai and he’s appearing in his first quarter-final after third round results in his past three visits – losing to Simon in 2009, Garcia-Lopez in 2010 and Lopez last year
• This week after a bye, defeated top Italian Andreas Seppi 63 63 and Sam Querrey 62 67(3) 64
W: Montpellier (d Monfils); F(2): ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid (l Federer); Winston-Salem (l Isner); SF(3): Rotterdam (l Del Potro); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Monte Carlo (l Djokovic); US Open (l Murray); QF(5): Australian Open (l Nadal); Dubai (l Murray); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Rome (l Nadal); Halle (l Haas); Tokyo (l Nishikori)
YTD W-L: 52-18 (32-10 on hard), 17-15 in Tie-breaks
YTD Titles: 1
Career Titles: 7
Date of Birth: September 17, 1985
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 7
2012 in Review:
• The top player from the Czech Republic is appearing in his 12th quarter-final of the season and last week reached the quarters in Tokyo, losing to eventual champion Kei Nishikori
• Comes in with a 52-18 match record (32-10 on hard) and his next win will tie his career best of 53 last year…Has a 6-5 record in quarter-final matches and 4-10 vs. Top 10 opponents with wins over No. 10 Almagro, Aust. Open 4R; d. No. 8 Tipsarevic, Davis Cup QF; d. No. 4 Murray, Monte Carlo QF; and d. No. 1 Federer, US Open QF
• Captured his seventh career ATP World Tour title in Montpellier (d. Monfils) in February and reached finals at ATP Masters 1000 Madrid (l. to Federer) in May and Winston-Salem in August (l. to Isner after holding three match pts.)
• Has played in previous seven ATP Masters 1000 tournaments this year (16-7 record)…Also a semi-finalist in Monte Carlo (l. to Djokovic) and quarter-finalist in Rome (l. to Nadal)
• He is on pace to finish in Top 10 for third straight year and the last Czech player to finish in Top 10 at least three years in a row was Ivan Lendl for 13 years in a row from 1980-92
• He and Radek Stepanek, also in the quarter-finals, led their country into the Davis Cup final (vs. Spain in Prague) next month…Compiled a 5-0 mark in singles en route to final
• In Grand Slam play, best results were semi-finals at US Open (d. No. 1 Federer in QF, l. to Murray in four sets) and quarter-finals at Australian Open (l. to Nadal)
Tomas Berdych hits a return to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France in their quarter-final match of the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament in Shanghai, on October 12, 2012. Berdych won 6-3, 7-6.
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Berdych into Semis of Shanghai Masters!
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Berdych books Shanghai semi berth
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SHANGHAI ROLEX MASTERS 2012
Berdych Beats Fellow London Contender For Shanghai SF Berth
by ATP Staff | 12.10.2012
Tomas Berdych knocked out his fellow Barclays ATP World Tour Finals contender Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Friday for a place in his first semi-final at the Shanghai Rolex Masters.
The fourth-seeded Czech notched his 53rd match win of the season by overcoming fourth seed Tsonga 6-3, 7-6(4) in one hour and 35 minutes. Berdych won 79 per cent of his service points and hit nine aces. He saved all four break points he faced to improve to 5-10 against Top 10 players in the South African Airways ATP Rankings this year.
"I think it was really solid game and solid performance from beginning until the end," said Berdych. "I think the biggest difference between me and Jo was I was able to take the small chances during the first and especially the second set. It was not many of them, but I was able to keep it and convert it on my side."
On Saturday, Berdych will be looking to reach his fourth ATP World tour final. The 27 year old captured his seventh career ATP World Tour title at the Open Sud de France in Montpellier (d. Monfils) in February and reached finals at the Mutua Madrid Open (l. to Federer) and Winston-Salem Open (l. to Isner after holding three match points).
“Today I didn't play my best tennis,” said Tsonga. “Unfortunately today Tomas was a lot better than me.” When asked about the differences between him and the Top 4, he admitted, “There is the difference that technically, I think, they're a bit better than me. I have to improve. They are also physically better than me. I'm working to join them.”
During the Asian swing, Tsonga went 5-2 and reached the China Open final. The Frenchman is now 50-19 on the season, which includes two titles at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open in Doha (d. Monfils) and the Moselle Open in Metz (d. Seppi)
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Tomas Berdych in action against Jo Wilfried Tsonga
Berdych books Shanghai semi berth
SHANGHAI - Tomas Berdych came out on top against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in their Shanghai Masters quarter-final clash on Friday, a battle between two of the contenders to reach the ATP World Tour Finals.
The Czech fourth seed won 6-3, 7-6 (7/4), grabbing a crucial break against the powerful Frenchman in the eighth game of the first set and edging the second set tie-break to set up a semi-final against Novak Djokovic or Tommy Haas.
"I think it was a really solid game and solid performance from beginning until the end. Yeah, I was feeling quite well on court," said Berdych, who next month is set to be part of the Czech team playing Spain in the Davis Cup final.
"You know, I think the biggest difference between me and Jo was I was able to take the small chances during even the first and especially the second set. It was not many of them, but I was able to keep it and convert it on my side."
Fifth seed Tsonga had early chances to break in the second set but failed to capitalise and Berdych remained unbroken throughout the contest.
With four berths still up for grabs at next month's elite eight-man showpiece in London, Berdych, 27, is sixth in the Race to London while Tsonga, also 27, is in eighth spot.
Berdych said despite a busy end to the season, he would give his all to try to win the Davis Cup for the Czech Republic in Prague.
"Even if there is just a small energy left in my body, I'm going to give it there, leave it there, try my best. Then after that there is the off-season, and I can rest."
Tomas Berdych stuns Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to enter Semis of Shanghai Masters 2012
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SHANGHAI ROLEX MASTERS
October 12, 2012
T. BERDYCH/J. Tsonga
THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.
Q. Talk a little bit about the match today, what you felt you did well to beat Jo.
TOMAS BERDYCH: Yeah, well, what was working well for me? I think it was really solid game and solid performance from beginning until the end. Yeah, I was feeling quite well on court. You know, I think the biggest difference between me and Jo was I was able to took the small chances during even the first and especially the second set. It was not many of them, but I was able to keep it and convert it on my side. That was just the difference between me and him today, I would say.
Q. Tomorrow will either be Novak or...
TOMAS BERDYCH: Yeah, still let's see what's going to happen. If it's going to be Novak, you know, there is not much else to say about him. I mean, he's really hungry to keep winning and chasing Roger to become No.1 again. So, you know, he has a lot of things to play with.
But me, too, you know. I'm playing really well so far this week. I try to bring it for my semifinal again. Let's see what's going to happen. He's a great player to play. Yeah, we are in the semifinal, so just only tough opponents.
Q. This year the four Grand Slam winners have been Murray, Nadal, Djokovic and Federer. They've been talked about for a long time as being out on their own as the top four, then everybody else. What do you have to do in your game, do you think, to match them consistently?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, I would stay with the way what I'm doing. I believe myself that it is the right way to do it. You know, I hope that I'm going to be able to lift the trophy at least once in my tennis career, which hope it's going to be in next few years. That's it.
You know, try, work hard, and that's it. Now it's tough to say like what you want to improve, better forehand, better backhand. It's not about it anymore. It's just the small details, all the things that have to become well in the right moment.
I was playing really great in the US Open. Then come up the match I was playing against Andy, which the conditions was absolutely no playable at all. Our match was going on, then the next one they just stopped. So this is kind of things when you see it, you look at it, you say, Well, why it's not me the match that gets stopped and I can continue next day?
So you also need some luck to do it.
Q. Outside of the Grand Slams, are you a fan of the combined events or do you think there's too many? What's the problem when you're at them, if you have any?
TOMAS BERDYCH: If I look at it just from my point of view, what I like, then I would say no. I don't see any advantage for myself, what it's bringing to me. If you just ask me as a single person, then I say no, I'm not a fan of it. I would rather just have single events like this one here, many others in the year.
But, you know, it's some things that not only my reason can change, so let's see what's going to be in the future, if it's going to be more of them or not. But if it's just by myself, I say no.
Q. Obviously your schedule is going to be a little bit more crowded this final push with the Davis Cup. Talk about the importance of the Davis Cup for you and for the country.
TOMAS BERDYCH: Yeah, I mean, it's really big thing, you know. Whole country just lives for that. It's been 32 years that the Czech Republic, at the time Czechoslovakia, won the Davis Cup title. It's really long time ago. Our chance in Spain was very tough, that we lost there in 2009. Now we are back again in the final playing at home.
Everything's going to go up for that match. Even if there is just a small energy left in my body, I'm going to give it there, leave it there, try my best. Then after that there is off‑season, and I can rest after.
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