|Posted on February 28, 2013 at 1:15 PM|
H2H Tomas Berdych vs Dmitry Tursunov
Tomas Berdych reached the Dubai Championships semifinals with straight-set victory Thursday.
DUBAI DUTY FREE TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS 2013
Berdych Races Into Dubai SFs
by ATP Staff | 28.02.2013
Third seed Tomas Berdych proved too strong for Russian wild card Dmitry Tursunov in a 6-3, 6-2 victory over 63 minutes. It was their eighth meeting (Berdych leads 7-1). “I was just trying to just get better and better with my rhythm on court,” said Berdych.
They met last week in the Open 13 semi-finals, at Marseille, with Berdych winning 6-2, 6-1. Karel Novacek is the only Czech player to win the Dubai title (1993-d. Santoro).
Tomas Berdych beat Russian wild card Dmitry Tursunov for the second time in five days
Tomas Berdych ready to serve up a cracker
by Ahmed Rizvi | The National
Feb 28, 2013
Tomas Berdych believes the superfast courts of Dubai Tennis Stadium will favour Roger Federer when the two clash in the second semi-final at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.
Berdych needed only 64 minutes yesterday to cruise past Dmitry Tursunov 6-3, 6-2 and into the last-four, while the defending champion Federer brushed aside the former world No 3 Nikolay Davydenko 6-2, 6-2 to keep himself in the hunt for a sixth Dubai title.
The Czech, who stunned Federer at the 2004 Olympic Games when still a novice, has defeated the Swiss in four of their seven matches since 2010, including Wimbledon in 2010 and last year’s US Open.
Overall though, Federer leads 11-5 and Berdych says the courts here could help the Swiss improve that record.
“Now the big match is coming,” Berdych said. “Roger is playing well here every single year and I’m looking forward to that match, yes.
“It’s not going to be that easy, especially here, because the court is really fast.
“And once you hit the ball somewhere quite aggressively, quite fast, then it’s very hard to do something with that ball.
“So let’s see. Probably this is one of the fastest courts that we will ever play on. The grass is fast but is a bit different. I think he really likes fast courts.
“But always playing with Roger, it’s a special moment whatever round it is.”
Berdych, who reached the final at Marseille last week before losing to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Sunday, arrived in Dubai hours before his first round clash and the Czech is happy with the way he has adapted to the shift from the indoor courts to the outdoor.
“This is quite a tough one,” Berdych said. “Came in the night [on Monday] and next day playing your first match outdoors. This is something I have never done before because the schedule was for me working differently.
“It’s my first experience. So it’s nice getting into new, unusual situations in my career.
“I’m getting better, yes, every match by match. Basically this is my third day and I already played three matches. It’s actually not that bad. The times run really fast.”
Federer needed only 54 minutes to cruise to his 19th win from 21 matches against Davydenko and the Swiss said: “I am happy I could play a good match. Obviously Niko did not play his best, but it was still a quality match.”
Talking about the semi-finals, Federer added: “Berdych is a very good player and he always causes trouble for me. He has got amazing power and I have always had it tough against him, right from our first match at the 2004 Olympics when he upset me.
“We have always given each other a tough game and I am looking forward to the match.”
February 28, 2013
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
T. BERDYCH/D. Tursunov
THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.
Q. I guess you'd like to play him every week, wouldn't you?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, I mean, it's tough to say because I think he had some injury problem. You know, I know the situation. If you are in the position to playing, you know, one of the top guys and actually you don't feel well, you just have a small issue in your body, it's just ‑‑it's just terrible match, you know.
But at least you want to try or‑‑ you know, you never know what's gonna happen. But once you are not really 100% ready, then it's tough.
So I think it affect this game a bit. I don't know what he said or not, but it's just my feeling how I saw him on court.
But the other hand, yeah, I was just trying to just getting better and better on my rhythm on court, and it was basically the point today.
Q. Do you welcome an easy match like that?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Of course. I'm not going to say that I want to play three sets, 7‑6 in the third; of course not. I mean, every single win counts, and if you have to fight for the win three hours, you better do. If not, it's just a small advantage.
Q. When I talked to him, he said that it was a hamstring, that he was having a hard time moving, just what you're saying. In terms of even despite that, how do you feel about your play in this match? Do you feel you're ready for somebody like Federer next round?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, I mean, I'm getting better, yes, every match by match. I mean, basically this is my third day and I already played three matches.
It's actually not that bad, you know. The times run really fast. So as I said, you know, I was really trying to, you know, focus on my serve, trying to get the rhythm. You know, every single point it's count. That's all what I was doing.
So, I mean, let's see. I mean, now the big match is coming. Roger is playing every single year well here, so he still needs to ‑‑he still needs to win tonight, anyway. But I'm looking forward to that match, yes.
Q. Assuming it is Roger, I believe since 2010 you have beaten him four times and Roger has only beaten you three and you have inflicted some painful defeats upon him: Wimbledon, US Open last year. You know, what have you done to get that recent record against him? Is it more aggression? Is it more power? Have you bullied him?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, I think it's going to be like generally the experience that's been, you know, taken through all the years and all the matches. But I don't know. Probably he knows what is working on him, and that's the same thing what I'm going to try to do tomorrow if he wins.
But, yeah, I mean, it's not going to be that easy, especially here, because the court is really fast. And once you hit the ball somewhere quite aggressively, quite fast, then it's very hard to do something with that ball.
You know, so let's see. Probably this is one of the fastest courts that we will ever play on. The grass is fast but is a bit different, you know. So, you know, let's see. I think he really like fast courts. But always playing with Roger, it's a special moment whatever round it is.
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