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2013 Australian Open Round 4: Tomas Berdych vs Kevin Anderson

Posted on January 20, 2013 at 5:00 PM



Tomas Berdych is the only Czech left in the tournament, he will face the South African Kevin Anderson in the fourth round.

 





 

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Order of Play – Sunday, January 20, 2013


Margaret Court Arena – Matches Start At: 11:00 am


1. Legends' Doubles

Wayne Arthurs/Pat Cash (AUS)  vs Thomas Enqvist (SWE)/Fabrice Santoro (FRA)


Not Before:12:30 PM


2. Women's Doubles - 3rd Round

Sara Errani/Roberta Vinci (ITA) [1] vs Su-Wei Hsieh (TPE)/Shuai Peng (CHN) [15]


followed by


3. Women's Doubles - 3rd Round

Serena Williams/Venus Williams (USA) [12] vs Nadia Petrova (RUS)/Katarina Srebotnik (SLO) [5]


Not Before: 5:00 PM


4. Men's Singles - 4th Round

Kevin Anderson (RSA) vs Tomas Berdych (CZE) [5]

 










Tomas Berdych serves in his fourth round match against Kevin Anderson of South Africa during day seven of the 2013 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 20, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tomas Berdych edges into quarter-finals

 







 

 

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Tomas Berdych battles through to quarter-finals as he ousts Anderson after epic tie-break

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





Berdych makes it three


Sunday, 20 January, 2013


By Sandra Harwitt (official Australian Open website)


There wasn’t a seat to be had at a packed Margaret Court Arena on Sunday as fifth-seeded Tomas Berdych reached his third consecutive Australian Open quarterfinal.


Initially, it looked as if the match was going to be a breeze for Berdych, but 31st-ranked Kevin Anderson of South Africa staged a feisty battle in the third set. Unfortunately for Anderson, his surge came a bit too late, and Berdych secured the victory in an exciting tiebreaker for a 6-3 6-2 7-6 (13) win.


Berdych, who was instrumental in the Czech Republic’s 2012 Davis Cup victory, has moved into the quarterfinals without dropping a set in the four matches he’s played.


“I am playing only three sets every single match so I’ve been able to save some energy,” said Berdych, to an enthusiastically cheering crowd after the match.


Of course, going beyond the quarterfinals for the first time here won’t be easy for Berdych, who will play either two-time defending champion Novak Djokovic, who has three overall Australian Open trophies, or 15th-seeded Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland.


In last year’s quarterfinal, Berdych fell to eventual finalist Rafael Nadal. In the 2011 quarterfinal, Berdych was shipped home by Djokovic.


But before Berdych needs to look forward, he can look back on his two-hour, 44-minute victory over Anderson and savour the moment.


The match was all about the third set tiebreaker, which kept fans on the edge of their seats. By this point in the match, both players were in attack mode, Berdych desperate to seal the deal and Anderson hoping to push the match into a fourth set.


Anderson had five set points in the breaker, all on Berdych’s serve. Berdych had five match points in the breaker and finally prevailed when Anderson, serving at 13-14, hit a forehand beyond the baseline. As soon as the ball landed, Berdych was pumping his fist in victory, but Anderson chose to challenge the call. Hawkeye, however, confirmed the ball was long, and Berdych quickly resumed his celebration.


“The tiebreak, I was probably a bit luckier,” Berdych said.


“I had chances through the third set, but tennis isn’t finished until the last point.”


Berdych, indeed, had earlier advantages in the third set with a 2-0 lead, but Anderson was able to break back in the third game.


The result improved Berdych’s head-to-head against Anderson to a perfect 5-0. Their four previous matches all took place last year -- the first in the Australian Open third round -- and Anderson has only won three sets in the 16 sets they’ve played.


Berdych has advanced to at least the semifinals at the three other Grand Slams, and his best result at a major was a final berth at Wimbledon 2010. Armed with a glass half-full vision of life, Berdych is hoping that he’ll step things up at Melbourne Park this year and at least make the semifinals.


“Every single day you discover something new,” Berdych said.


“Every time that you just wake up, it's gonna be something new.”









 

Tomas Berdych celebrates defeating Kevin Anderson of South Africa during their men's singles match at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne January 20, 2013.











AUSTRALIAN OPEN 2013


Berdych Beats Anderson For QF Spot


Melbourne, Australia


by ATP Staff | 20.01.2013


Tomas Berdych is through to the quarter-finals for the third year in a row.


World No. 6 Tomas Berdych advanced to the Australian Open quarter-finals for the third year in a row, beating the in-form Kevin Anderson 6-3, 6-2, 7-6(13) on Sunday in Melbourne. The Czech is yet to drop a set in his campaign and will face World No. 1 Novak Djokovic after the two-time defending champion beat Stanislas Wawrinka in five thrilling sets, 1-6, 7-5, 6-4, 6-7(5), 12-10.


Berdych cruised through the first two sets in 76 minutes against Anderson, but faced sterner opposition in the 88 minute third set. Anderson rallied from an early break down and was denied a set point on Berdych’s serve at 4-5. In a pulsating tie-break, Anderson failed to convert four more set points before Berdych clinched his fifth match point as Anderson hit a forehand long.


"I think it's more important to bring the best for the end of the set, and I think I was able to do so," said Berdych. "I was many times actually serving the set points down and was able to keep on my serve, which with him is very tough because you don't know what could happen, especially for your second serve. You can just go for it hundred percent and then you don't have it in your hands at all.


"I would say I feel much better [than last year in the quarter-finals]," said Berdych, who was beaten in four sets by Rafael Nadal in the last eight in 2012. "I mean, last year was a pretty big year for me. There were many new experiences that I learned. I hope that I'm going to be able to profit from that."


The 27-year-old Berdych defeated Roger Federer to reach the US Open semi-finals last year, falling to Andy Murray in four sets. The Czech was also runner-up at Wimbledon in 2010, losing to Nadal after beating Federer and Djokovic.

 


 

 

 

 
 
 

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Tomas Berdych survived an epic third-set tiebreak against 203 centimetre (6 feet 8 inches) South African Kevin Anderson, winning it 15-13 to clinch a 6-3 6-2 7-6 victory. It is the third straight year in the last eight for Berdych.

 
 
 






 


 


Tomas Berdych advances to the fourth round


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Sunday, 20 January, 2013


Transcribed Interview


Q. That was one heck of a tiebreak.

TOMAS BERDYCH: Oh, yeah. I mean, so far this year I didn't play any tiebreak, and this was the first one. Pretty good.

So, yeah, I want to maybe enjoy that and stay there longer. No, no, no. I mean, I had many chances through all the set, and in the tiebreak as well.

But, yeah, I mean, it's tough with him. Could be really about a few points. I'm glad I was able to hold my serve and then in the last point just made the point.


Q. Were you consciously really going for it in the tiebreak?

TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, I mean, from the beginning, yes. Then probably I was actually yeah, that was definitely the tactics that I wants to keep through all the tiebreak. But especially actually I don't know the score, but there was two times that Kevin was serving second serve. Well, good second serve, but I was quite, you know, passive on my return, which I should go for it more a little bit.

You know, I mean, risk it, try to get him under pressure little bit more. I didn't do so. He just made two clear winners from forehand.

So, yeah, but it was kind of a tactic through the tiebreak, yes.


Q. Is it easier said than done? Those tiebreakers, there's a lot of pressure. To really go for it, it makes sense to be slightly passive. Is that the difference between the top four in those situations and everyone else?

TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, I think more fair is to say you should be able to bring your best game, you know, because as long as the set is keep going, why to play the best tennis when it's 1 All. There is no sense. You will be 2 1, and that's it. There's basically not much happen with that.

So I think it's more important to bring the best for the end of the set, and I think I was able to do so. I was many times actually serving the set points down and was able to keep on my serve, which with him is very tough because you don't know what could happen, especially for your second serve. You can just go for it hundred percent and then you don't have it in your hands at all.

Well, finally it didn't happen like that. I was able to made it, not to be there for the fourth set, possibly the fifth set.


Q. Would you say you're mentally strong?

TOMAS BERDYCH: Yeah, I would say that it's getting better and better. I mean, it's the kind of improvement since the first rounds. And even by this, it's much better than on beginning because of course you have many matches, confident, and everything felt good.

So let's see.


Q. How do you feel this year compared to last year going into the quarterfinals, probably playing another big player?

TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, I would say I felt much better, you know. I mean, the last year was a pretty, I would say, big year for me. There were many new experience that I learned. You know, I hope that I'm gonna be able to profit from that.

On the other hand last year I spend much more time on court. And, of course, every single piece of energy I'm going to need for the next match.

So now I felt pretty good. I mean, I just play every single match by three sets. Everything was fine. I felt physically well. I hope that's actually now the big match gonna waiting for me.


Q. I think it was a backhand volley for two sets to love against Rafa. Could you have done anything differently with that shot?

TOMAS BERDYCH: Many people say that, yeah, backhand volley. I saw it couple of times in the TV. Still, I was the one on court playing the situation. Maybe it looks easier than the volley was.

I mean, it was not something that, for example, I was missing with John Isner in the final in Winston Salem. That was an easy backhand volley which I will see for a couple of years (smiling).

But, yeah, this one was a tough shot. You know, yeah, as Rafa has shown, great fighter. Yeah, he was playing really well.

But, yeah, I mean, it was a good match. I like to get back in my memories for this match, yeah.


Q. You say you learnt a lot in the last year. Anything specific or in particular that you've discovered about yourself?

TOMAS BERDYCH: Every single day you discover something new. Every time that you just wake up, it's gonna be something new.

But, no, in my tennis life, tennis career, it was many things. You know, even to play semifinal in US Open. That match with Andy Murray, even it doesn't go well, there was something what I could learn a lot from that.

You know, then through whole year, playing the Davis Cup, those matches, playing in Argentina, it's not something you're going to get on regular tournament. Then the final.

There was many, many things that's been new for me. It's always good to have as much as possible of the experience. Yeah, I learn some of them.


Q. Is that Davis Cup final still in your head? Do you still think about it a lot?

TOMAS BERDYCH: No, it's not. I mean, it's nice actually talk about it now, talk about it on the dinner, during the day. But once you coming for the court, even for the practice, it has to be over, you know, because the season started, new season start, and nobody actually care about that.

It's done. We won that, and that's it. So now everything starts from the beginning again, and that's how it is.


Q. Did you see the match last night between Federer and Tomic?

TOMAS BERDYCH: Actually not much. I didn't see much. I just seen couple of points actually today from the tiebreak in the second set.

I mean, no, it's tough to say something about it if you see like three, four points. It's tough. I would be cooking from nothing. Sorry.

 


 

 







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