|Posted on November 7, 2012 at 5:55 PM|
H2H Tomas Berdych vs Jo Wilfried Tsonga
Group A returns to the court on Wednesday in the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.
In the evening session, No. 5 seed Tomas Berdych brings a 3-1 head-to-head record against No. 7 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Both players are 0-1 in Group A of the round robin portion, losing their first matches on Monday (Tsonga lost to Djokovic in straight sets, Berdych lost to Murray in three sets). Berdych won both meetings this year, last month in the quarter-finals of Shanghai and in the Stockholm final). Berdych, who is 0-3 on British soil this year (1R at Wimbledon, Olympics), is trying to earn his 60th match win of the year, which would be his first 60+ season (his previous-best was 53 last year). Tsonga is chasing his 56th match win of the year, which would be a career-high (he is tied with his previous-best of 55 last season). Tsonga has struggled this year against Top 8 players (0-10). His highest-ranked win came against then-No. 9 del Potro in Rome.
• The 27-year-old Czech Republic native opened on Monday with a 36 63 64 loss to No. 3 Andy Murray…He is making his third straight appearance in the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals (3-5 record) and last two years opened round robin play losing to Novak Djokovic (last year in third set TB)
• Reached semi-finals last year (after opening RR loss), defeating Tipsarevic and Ferrer before losing to Tsonga 63 75
• In 2010 (went 1-2), lost to Djokovic, beat Roddick and fell to Nadal in round robin play
W(2): Montpellier (d Monfils); Stockholm (d Tsonga); 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(6): Australian Open (l Nadal); Dubai (l Murray); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Rome (l Nadal); Halle (l Haas); Tokyo (l Nishikori); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Paris (l Simon)
YTD W-L: 59-21 (39-13 on hard, 16-3 indoor, 20-15 in Tie-breaks, 6-12 vs. Top 10)
YTD Titles: 2
Career Titles: 8
Date of Birth: September 17, 1985
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 6
• The top player from the Czech Republic finished in Top 10 for a third straight year, highlighted by two ATP World Tour titles and two runner-up efforts…He is trying to win his 60th match of the season for the first time…Has a 59-21 match record, (previous high 53 last year) and has compiled a 39-13 record on hard courts, 16-3 indoors and 6-12 record vs. Top 10 opponents
• The last Czech player to finish in the Top 10 at least three years in a row was Ivan Lendl for 13 consecutive years from 1980-92
• Overall, reached QF or better 14 times, five in ATP Masters 1000 play, including last week in Paris (l. to Simon)…Played all nine ATP Masters 1000 events and compiled a 19-9 record
• He and countryman Radek Stepanek led Czech Republic to Davis Cup final (vs. Spain in Prague next weekend)…Went 5-0 in singles and 3-0 in doubles (w/Stepanek)
• Earned indoor titles in Montpellier (d. Monfils) and Stockholm (d. Tsonga) and reached finals in ATP Masters 1000 Madrid (l. to Federer) in May and Winston-Salem (l. to Isner, held three MPs) in August
• His best Grand Slam result was semi-finals at US Open (d. No. 1 Federer in QF, l. to Murray)…Also quarter-finalist at Australian Open (l. to Nadal)…Has reached QFs or better in all four Slams in career
Tomas Berdych in action against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
Tomas Berdych def Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
BARCLAYS ATP WORLD TOUR FINALS 2012
Berdych Beats Tsonga To Send SF Qualification Down To Wire
by James Buddell | 07.11.2012
Fifth seed Tomas Berdych ensured Group A will be decided on Friday after he beat seventh seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-5, 3-6, 6-1 in one hour and 52 minutes during Wednesday’s night session at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London. The match was watched by 17,587 spectators at The O2.
It was Berdych’s first win in four matches on British soil this year. The 27-year-old Czech, a qualifier at the season-ending championships for the third straight year, will play top seed and 2008 titlist Novak Djokovic on Friday. Tsonga will play third seed Andy Murray.
“I don't like mathematics at all. I will try to play tennis, and that's it. I will try my best. But Novak just [has] shown how great he's playing right now and that he deserve to be [the] No. 1 player in the world. It's a huge challenge for me. But the other hand, he already has two wins, so let's see what's going to be in that last match.”
Berdych, who has won eight ATP World Tour titles during his career, recorded his 60th match win of the season (60-21) against Tsonga and improved to 7-12 against Top 10 opponents in 2012. He hit 33 winners and eight aces, winning 16 of hi 24 points at the net. Tsonga committed 31 unforced errors and drops to 0-2 in Group A, having lost to Djokovic two days ago.
Chances were few and far between in the opening exchanges, until the 11th game, when Tsonga struck two lose forehands wide to gift Berdych the game to 30 on his fourth break point opportunity of the set. Berdych wraped up the set with an ace, holding to 15. Aggressive and potent on serve, losing just seven points, the Czech hit 12 winners and won seven of his 11 net approaches.
Tsonga became the aggressor in the second set, breaking Berdych for a 3-1 lead when the Czech hit a forehand long. He grew in confidence, but at 5-3, when serving for the set, Tsonga fell to love 30 and saved one break point was a second serve ace down the middle, before rounding out the 34-minute set with yet another ace. As Berdych had done in the first set, Tsonga wisely picked his time to come to the net and shorten the lengthy baseline rallies.
Berdych saved two break points in the first game of the decider, then turned up the power level to win five straight games as Tsonga started to fatigue. When asked about saving two break points at the start of the third set, Berdych admitted, “That was the [key] moment I would say of the match. Jo had some chances the beginning of the third set. I was able to hold. Then once I get my first chance in the third set, I took it. That was the difference between us today.”
Tsonga won just 11 points in the 30-minute set and drops to 55-24 on the year. He also won 55 matches in 2011. Tsonga has lost 11 matches against Top 8 players this season.
Ester Satorova the girlfriend Tomas Berdych watches his men's singles match against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France on day three of the ATP World Tour Finals at the at O2 Arena on November 7, 2012 in London, England.
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Tomas Berdych seen during his men's singles match against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France on day three of the ATP World Tour Finals at the at O2 Arena on November 7, 2012 in London, England
BARCLAYS ATP WORLD TOUR FINALS
November 7, 2012
T. BERDYCH/J. Tsonga
7 5, 3 6, 6 1
THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.
Q. The two breakpoints you saved at the beginning of the third were obviously a key moment of the match.
TOMAS BERDYCH: Oh, yeah, sure. That was the moment, yeah, I would say of the match. Jo had some chances the beginning of the third set. I was able to hold. Then once I get my first chance in the third set, I took it. That was the difference between us today.
Q. It explains why he forgot to change his seat on the changeover after the first game.
TOMAS BERDYCH: I didn't even watch. Maybe he was tired. Really, I didn't see it. So, no.
Q. Many of the players that are playing the Davis Cup final are here. Is it too much or you are used to it?
TOMAS BERDYCH: No, first I'm here. I needs to do well here. That's my first step. There is another one, which is the next week in Prague. Definitely I'm not thinking about it now.
I have a lot to do here. It makes me really busy. Once I'm done here, I'm going to try to, you know, put all the rest energy what's left in my body, you know, try to get prepared again and, you know, try to come to the Prague and be ready for the final.
Q. Going into the final match with Novak, is it quite tough going in knowing you could win and still go out or you could win a set and go through, the mathematics involved, or do you focus on the match?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, I don't like mathematics at all. I will try to play tennis, and that's it (smiling).
I might have something similar last year with David Ferrer, you know, when there was some calculation, if I win a set, it's enough, that's it.
No, I go for it again. I will try my best. You know, it's the opponent that I didn't beat more than once. So it would be nice to be successful. But Novak just show how great he's playing right now and that he deserve to be No.1 player in the world.
So, you know, it's a huge challenge for me. But the other hand, you know, he already has two wins, so let's see what's going to be in that last match.
Q. Did you watch his match today? Do you have in mind a certain way you feel you can hurt him?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, yeah, I seen the match. Not whole. I saw it from end of the second set.
You know, of course I have a plan. It's going to be important to keep with my game. Andy is playing a different game to me. Every single match is way different. So I will try to do my routine before the match, try to get ready for it. I hope that we will try to find some tactics that is going to be working.
Q. Players right now have managers, coaches, physios. You don't have any accountant that can help you for calculations? You're not going to hire somebody to tell you, That's enough, you're already in?
TOMAS BERDYCH: No, definitely not. I think I still have many people for me to count that and think about that.
The important one actually who are the closest to me, even if they would see it's enough, they wouldn't tell me. They would force me to play and try to win.
I mean, the tennis is not about the accounting, and we don't play like football when you possibly can have a draw in the match. Tennis is just one or the other. So that's it.
I will try to go there and definitely not be counting any points, games, no.
Q. You're still young, but it's been a while since you won at Bercy. What would you say was the shot that you improved the most or the area of your game you improved the most since then?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, I would say it wouldn't be a shot, but it would be my mental preparation and mental strength on the court, you know, which help me to win many matches after that, hold many tough, even hard situation through my career through the years. I think that was the biggest thing that I improve since that.
But, of course, I'm trying to improve even every shots. I think I was quite successful with the serve, even with the consistency of the serve, percentage of the first serve, winning the points after the serve.
So I was not able, you know, to be on the kind of the top of the statistics in the serve. For me, this was probably the biggest thing. Yeah, when I play quite aggressive, I'm not able to start well the point, then whole my game is like destroyed. So definitely for me it's very important to serve well. I think this was so far quite successful, but there is still place to improve.
Q. I want to know if you heard about the ATP vote on Indian Wells prize money and if you had an opinion on that?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, maybe I didn't heard enough of that. What do you mean, like they wants to increase the prize money in the first rounds, the previous rounds?
Q. Yes. But the ATP may not be going along with it.
TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, I mean, I don't see any reason why not to go for it. I mean, that's what we all looking for. If there is someone who is able to increase it, bring something more to us players, then I don't see any reason why someone could be on the side and saying, No, it's not good idea, or whatever.
I don't see any reason why there should be a problem with that. I mean, that's probably the goal of all of us. I mean, even the ATP should be decide, the tournaments, and us players, who trying to get more from the tournaments. If there is someone who is able to do it, like why to say no.
Q. Thinking of Prague again for a second, did you watch any of the Fed Cup last weekend? Can you take any inspiration from the fact that the Czech women won the title?
TOMAS BERDYCH: No, actually, I didn't watch anything. I think the girls are quite used to that, to win. They did it already twice in the two years. They just give the turn to us. It should be our team who is going to be able to do it and make the Czech tennis really the best possible year in tennis I would say ever to happen.
So, you know, we will try to definitely do that, try to fight for us, for the country, try to bring the trophy after 32 years back home.
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