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2012 Shanghai Semi-Final: Tomas Berdych vs Novak Djokovic

Posted on October 13, 2012 at 4:30 PM




Order of Play – Saturday, October 13, 2012


STADIUM - Matches Start At: 2:00 pm


Colin FLEMING (GBR)/Ross HUTCHINS (GBR) vs Mahesh BHUPATHI (IND)/Rohan BOPANNA (IND) [7]

Not Before 4:30 PM

Tomas BERDYCH (CZE) [4] vs Novak DJOKOVIC (SRB) [2]

Not Before 8:00 PM

Roger FEDERER (SUI) [1] vs Andy MURRAY (GBR) [3]






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H2H Tomas Berdych vs Novak Djokovic






MEDIA NOTES 2012


Shanghai Saturday Preview: Top 4 Seeds In Masters 1000 SFs


by Greg Sharko | 12.10.2012


SATURDAY PREVIEW - RARE ALL-TOP FOUR SEEDS IN ATP MASTERS 1000 SEMI-FINALS


• The Top 4 seeds have all reached the semi-finals at the Shanghai Rolex Masters this week - the first time that has happened at an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament in over two years, since Toronto in August 2010 – and on Saturday they’ll all battle it out for spots in the final. It is the fifth time this year the top four seeds have reached the semi-finals: Umag, Estoril, Aust. Open, Doha.


• The first semi-final pits World No. 2 Novak Djokovic against No. 4 seed Tomas Berdych; both have looked strong getting to this round but this has been a troublesome match-up for Berdych in the past as Djokovic dominates the overall head-to-head series, 9-1 (including 8-0 on hard courts); and of all the players in the ‘Big Four’, Berdych has struggled the most against Djokovic (he has five wins over Federer, four wins over Murray and three wins over Nadal).


• Djokovic has an ATP World Tour-leading 68 match wins this year (Federer is next with 64). Djokovic is making his third appearance at this event (9-2 record), reaching the semi-finals in both previous attempts, in 2009 (l. to Davydenko) and 2010 (l. to Federer). He is trying to reach his 52nd ATP World Tour final (32-19 record) and his 23rd ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final (12-10). Berdych is 7-20 in his career against Top 2 players (3-13 against World No. 1s and 4-7 against World No. 2s). Berdych is making his first semi-final showing in fourth appearance at this event (7-3 record). He is trying to reach his 16th ATP World Tour final (7-8 record) and fourth ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final (1-2).


• The second semi-final features World No. 1 Roger Federer against No. 3 Andy Murray




BERDYCH FASTFACTS


Tournament Highlights:


• The 27-year-old Czech Republic native is 7-3 lifetime in Shanghai and he’s appearing in his first semi-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, Sam Querrey 62 67(3) 64 and No. 5 seed Jo-Wilfired Tsonga 63 76(4)

• Has hit 27 aces (most among semi-finalists) and has won 34 of 35 service games (97%), saving seven of eight break points (88%)…Also winning 83% of first serve points


2012 Highlights:


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: 53-18 (33-10 on hard), 18-15 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 seventh semi-final of the season and last week reached the quarters in Tokyo, losing to eventual champion Kei Nishikori


• Comes in with a 53-18 match record (33-10 on hard) and his next win will set a career best for match wins in a season (53 last year)…Has a 3-3 record in semi-final matches and 5-10 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; d. No. 1 Federer, US Open QF; and No. 6 Tsonga in QF on Friday


• 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 (17-7 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)









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Djokovic beats Berdych to breeze into Shanghai final










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SHANGHAI ROLEX MASTERS 2012


Djokovic Surges Into Shanghai Final


Shanghai, China


by ATP Staff | 13.10.2012


World No. 2 Novak Djokovic surged into the final of the Shanghai Rolex Masters on Saturday as he recorded his 10th win in 11 meetings with Tomas Berdych, beating the fourth-seeded Czech 6-3, 6-4. Berdych’s only victory against Djokovic came two years ago in the Wimbledon semi-finals.


Djokovic will face World No. 3 Andy Murray in Sunday’s final, the player he lost to in last month's US Open final.


"I don't like the word 'revenge.' I never like revenge," said Djokovic. "I just play tennis and I try to win every match that I play. He's a bit more aggressive [since losing the Wimbledon final]. It's obvious on the court. He goes more for his forehand, which wasn't his strength in the past. Now this year he's improved that stroke and he's more confident on the court, has more self belief. He's got the results. He won a Grand Slam."


The 25-year-old Djokovic extended his winning streak to nine matches, having won the China Open title (d. Tsonga) last week in Beijing. He let slip a 5-1 lead against Berdych in the first set as the Czech threatened to get back on level terms, but closed out the first set at the second time of asking. An early break in the second set then secured victory for Djokovic in 85 minutes.


"Obviously it's a big challenge when you play a Top 10 player," said Djokovic. "Tomas is in great form the past couple of months. He's always a difficult player to play against on any surface because he has a very powerful serve and great forehand. I played tactically right. I was putting a lot of returns into the court, putting a lot of pressure on his serve. On the other hand, I was serving well when I needed to."





















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Tomas Berdych in action against Novak Djokovic during Shanghai Semi-Final











Djokovic beats Berdych to breeze into Shanghai final

Saturday, October 13, 2012


(Reuters) - Second seed Novak Djokovic cruised into the final of the Shanghai Masters with a 6-3 6-4 victory over Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic on Saturday.


Djokovic will meet either world number one Roger Federer or defending champion Andy Murray on Sunday.


The Serbian converted his second break point to lead 5-1 in the first set before Berdych put up some fight to slow his progress.


Djokovic was equally impressive in the second set, capitalizing on an early break to lead 4-2 before eventually serving out to sail into his first Shanghai final.


"Obviously it's a big challenge when you play a Top 10 player," said Djokovic, who lost back-to-back Shanghai semi-finals in 2009 and 2010.


"Tomas is in great form the past couple of months. He's always a difficult player to play against on any surface because he has a very powerful serve and great forehand.


"I played tactically right. I was putting a lot of returns into the court, putting a lot of pressure on his serve. On the other hand, I was serving well when I needed to."


In contrast, Berdych did not have his serve going when he needed.


"He's a great player," said the Czech after succumbing to his 10th defeat in 11 meetings with Djokovic.


"I think just the game that he plays - it's not the one that suits my game that much," said the 27-year-old.


"I like to play quite aggressive. But this doesn't hurt him that much. So it's much more difficult for me to play him.


"He's the second player in the world, chasing for the first place. It's really tough to find the way and have a positive record with him," added Berdych.









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SHANGHAI ROLEX MASTERS


October 13, 2012


SHANGHAI, CHINA


N. DJOKOVIC/T. Berdych

6‑3, 6‑4



THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.



Q. Just say something about the match. I think maybe you played better at the end of the first set, but just couldn't do it in the second.


TOMAS BERDYCH: No, I mean, first of all I just need to give credit to Novak. He started really like a champion. He started really, really great, and didn't give me a chance at all.

You know, I was just keep trying, keep pushing. So probably he couldn't even go better before in the first set. That's why maybe I took some chances in the end of the first set.

But he just hold it solid and just took over me. So, yeah, he was just too good for me today.



Q. The crowd seemed like they wanted you to win more, they were cheering with you. We're in the era of the big four. They're the biggest stars of this sport. Don't you think it's kind of a backfire, they want a player outside the big four to win more?


TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, I don't know. I think the crowd was fair. It was nice. It was almost full stadium. No, I think it was really nice. That's it. There's not much else to say about it.



Q. Why do you think you have such a poor record against Novak? Why do you struggle against him so much?


TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, you know, he's a great player. I think just the game that he's play, you know, it's not the one that suits my game that much. And basically, I don't know, a few things. He's the best returning guy on the tour, I would say. Then his movement on the court is just unbelievable. Just these two things is quite a lot for my game.

I like to play quite aggressive, you know, makes the others run. But this doesn't hurt him that much. So it's much more difficult for me to play with him.

That's how it is. You know, he's right now second player in the world, chasing for the first place. Actually it's really tough to find the way and have a positive record with him. Tough opponent.



Q. You move on to Abu Dhabi next. You're going to be part of this development of grass‑roots that they're starting. Why is it important for you to be part of such a thing?


TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, I think it's a part of all things together. This is the one part. And the other one is to play the tournament, which is at the end of this year, kind of on the end of the season. It's beginning of the next season, but it's still this year.

I think it's a good thing to do. Let's see. I'm really looking forward to go there. It's a nice place to be and have experience. I hope it's going to be, yeah, successful and they're going to enjoy it, like it. That's always what's the reason.



Q. Let's talk about the big four. Do you think it's positive or negative for the development of the tennis that they won all the Grand Slams and Masters 1000s?


TOMAS BERDYCH: I think this question is going over and over again. I think it's been said a lot of that.

Yeah, that's how it is. We are in the era of tennis that's probably never been that strong. I don't think it's ever going to be the same. That's just how it is, you know.

It's extremely tough to be successful this time because you have those four guys, and the rest is just as tough as they can be. So, you know, it's really tough right now to win a slam or win the tournament of 1000 series.

That's how it is, yeah. They deserve to be there. They are one of their best in our sport. That's it.



Q. Have you had a chance to enjoy yourself in Shanghai?


TOMAS BERDYCH: No. Actually not at all. I came quite late from Tokyo and then I start to play. Only Monday was my first day that I didn't had a match. Then I was keep playing singles, doubles, every day at least one or two matches a day. So no time at all to do anything besides coming here. Even the drive is quite long. There is not much time you can go and do something else.



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