|Posted on October 21, 2012 at 3:00 PM|
London Contenders Tsonga, Berdych To Square Off In Stockholm Final
Berdych has a 2-1 record against Tsonga in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series. Both players are bidding to qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, at The O2 in London, from 5-12 November.
"We played last week and it was a very close game," said Berdych. "We both want to play our best tennis tomorrow. He plays very aggressively and I will try to focus on my game. If it works, then I will have a good chance of winning."
H2H Tomas Berdych vs Jo Wilfried Tsonga
STOCKHOLM FINAL PREVIEW – TOP TWO SEEDS TSONGA & BERDYCH SQUARE OFF IN FIRST FINAL
No. 2 seed Tomas Berdych is playing here for the fourth time (5-3 record) but had never been beyond the quarter-finals before this year. This week he has not lost a set and only been broken once in 28 service games, beating No. 6 seed Mikhail Youzhny and No. 3 Nicolas Almagro in the quarters and semis,respectively. Berdych is in his 16th ATP World Tour final (7-8 mark); fourth this year (1-2) and he is 2-0 in indoor finals. The top Czech Republic player is No. 6 in the race to the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. The last Czech to win the title Stockholm title was Ivan Lendl in 1989 (d. Gustafsson).
Berdych leads Tsonga in the overall head-to-head, 2-1, but the Czech’s two wins came on outdoor hard courts while the Frenchman’s win came on indoor hard courts (at Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London last year). Tsonga and Berdych have compiled different records against fellow Top 10 players this year. Tsonga has struggled with an 1-10 record while Berdych is 5-11.
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(7): 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); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Shanghai (l Berdych)
YTD W-L: 53-19 (34-10 on hard)
YTD Titles: 2
Career Titles: 9
Date of Birth: April 17, 1985
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 7
• Tsonga, 27, the top Frenchman on the ATP World Tour, has held 31 of 34 service games this week, saving 14 of 17 break points…Has hit 26 aces…He is playing here for the first time
• He is playing in his fourth ATP World Tour final of the year (2-1 record)…He won titles in Doha in the opening week of the season (d. Monfils) and last month on home soil in Metz (d. Seppi)
• Has a 53-19 match record on the season (34-10 on hard) and 1-10 vs. Top 10 opponents
• He is one of three French different winners this year along with Richard Gasquet and Gilles Simon
• The Frenchman has won 16 of his last 20 matches and is right at home indoors, six of his nine ATP World Tour titles coming indoors
• He is appearing in his 16th ATP World Tour final (9-6 record) and he is No. 8 in the Race to the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals (there are three spots remaining)
W: Montpellier (d Monfils); F(2): ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid (l Federer); Winston-Salem (l Isner); SF(4): Rotterdam (l Del Potro); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Monte Carlo (l Djokovic); US Open (l Murray); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Shanghai (l Djokovic); 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: 56-19 (36-11 on hard)
YTD Titles: 1/Career Titles: 7
Date of Birth: September 17, 1985
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 6
• Berdych, 27, is making his fourth appearance at this event (5-3 record), the first in the final…He fell in 1st Rd. in 2004 (l. to Tipsarevic), reached QFs in 2006 (l. to Soderling) and fell 2nd Rd. in 2010 (l. to Nieminen)…Has hit 28 aces, held serve 27 of 28 games (96%), saving 10 of 11 break points (91%)
• Has a 56-19 match record on the season and his match wins total is a career-high (53 last year), including 36-11 on hard courts…Has a 5-11 record vs. Top 10 opponents
• The top Czech Republic native is playing in his fourth ATP World Tour final of the year (1-2) and he is appearing in his 16th ATP World Tour final (7-8 record)…In February, he captured his eighth ATP World Tour title in Montpellier (d. Monfils)…Also runner-up at ATP Masters 1000 Madrid (l. to Federer) in May and Winston-Salem (l. to Isner, held three match pts.) in August
• He is No. 6 in the Race to the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals (Top 5 have qualified)
Order of Play - Sunday, October 21, 2012
CENTRE COURT - Matches Start At: 12:55 pm
Robert LINDSTEDT (SWE)/Nenad ZIMONJIC (SRB)  vs Marcelo MELO (BRA)/Bruno SOARES (BRA) 
Not Before 3:00 PM
Jo-Wilfried TSONGA (FRA)  vs Tomas BERDYCH (CZE) 
Tomas Berdych wins Swedish Crown
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Tomas Berdych is congratuled by France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga after the ATP Stockholm Open tennis tournament final match on October 21, 2012 in Stockholm. Berdych won the match 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
Tomas Berdych celebrates with the trophy after winning against France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the ATP Stockholm Open tennis tournament final match in Stockholm on October 21, 2012.
IF STOCKHOLM OPEN 2012
Berdych Moves One Step Closer To London Qualification With Stockholm Trophy
by ATP Staff | 21.10.2012
Czech Tomas Berdych took a big stride on Sunday in improving his chances of qualifying for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.
"London is always a goal every season," said Berdych on his bid to qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. "You have to play well the whole year to qualify. It will be special for me, if I make it for the third year in a row. I then hope to do well for Czech Republic in the Davis Cup final at home."
The second seed beat top-seeded Frenchman and fellow London contender Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 in two hours and 29 minutes to capture the If Stockholm Open title.
The last Czech to win the title Stockholm title was Ivan Lendl in 1989 (d. Gustafsson). It was the first time the top two seeds contested the Stockholm final since 1991, when No. 2 Boris Becker beat No. 1 Stefan Edberg in five sets.
Berdych won his eighth ATP World Tour title in his 16th final. He received a cheque for €87,870 and earned 250 South African Airways ATP Ranking points. Tsonga, who dropped to 9-7 lifetime in finals, picked up €46,280 and 150 points.
Tsonga saved two match points at 4-5, 15/40 in the deciding set, but Berdych made it third time lucky to improve to 6-11 this year against Top 10 opponents with his second ATP World Tour title of the year (also Montpellier). He held 40 of his 43 service games during the ATP World Tour 250 indoor hard-court tournament.
"It feels pretty good to have won a second title this season," said Berdych. "When I was 2-4 down in the second set, I remained positive and focused on my game. Against Jo you have to stay positive until the last point. I am happy that I was able to turnaround the match and that’s what makes this title special."
Tsonga, who was making his tournament debut this week, dropped to 2-2 in title matches and to 53-20 this year. Berdych, who also beat Tsonga in the recent Shanghai Rolex Masters quarter-finals, improved to a 57-19 season mark.
"I feel bad, because it was a good final and a close score," said Tsonga. "I think we played a great match and had many opportunities, but he played well. I tried to play my best tennis today. Of course, I am trying to qualify for London, I am not there yet and I need to earn more points."
Berdych is No. 6 in the South African Airways ATP Rankings Race To London and Tsonga is at No. 8. Only three singles berths remain up for grabs at the season-ending championship, to be held at The O2 in London, from 5-12 November. Juan Martin del Potro, the No. 7-ranked player, won the Erste Bank Open title in Vienna earlier today.
Tomas Berdych wins 2nd title of 2012
Tomas Berdych clinches Stockholm title, boosts London bid
ATP World Tour site Sunday, October 21, 2012