|Posted on May 11, 2013 at 7:00 PM|
The semi-finals on Saturday at the Mutua Madrid Open feature three of the top five match wins leaders on the ATP World Tour this year lead by World No. 5 Rafael Nadal (29-2), World No. 6 Tomas Berdych [26-8] and World No. 15 Stanislas Wawrinka [24-8]. Joining them is wild card Pablo Andujar who is appearing in his first career ATP Masters 1000 semi-final.
In the night session No. 15 seed Stanislas Wawrinka faces No. 6 seed/last year’s finalist Tomas Berdych for the 11th time (the series is tied 5-5). Berdych has won 16 of the 28 sets played but Wawrinka has won the only two encounters on clay. The 28-year-old Swiss native comes in with a 24-8 record (17-4 on clay) this season and has reached the quarter-finals or better at six tournaments, including the last four on clay. He is appearing in his fourth ATP Masters 1000 semi-final, 1-2 (1-1 on clay) record. Berdych, the top player from the Czech Republic, enters with a 26-8 match record on the season (5-2 on clay) and has reached the quarter-finals or better in seven of nine tournaments played. He and Federer are the only Top 10 players without a title this season. He is appearing in his 12th career ATP Masters 1000 semi-final, 3-8 (0-1 in 2013) record in semi-final matches.
Stanislas Wawrinka Tomas Berdych
Sets Won: 12 16
Tiebreak Sets Won: 2 2
Match Wins By Surface:
Clay: 2 0
Hard: 3 4
Carpet: 0 1
• The Swiss No. 2 is 11-6 lifetime in Madrid and playing here for the seventh year in a row. Playing in his first semifinal. Has posted wins over Romanian wild card Marius Copil 64 64, Santiago Giraldo 63 63, Grigor Dimitrov 36 64 61 and No. 8-ranked Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 62 67 64. His previous best was 3R in four of past five years: ‘08 (l. to Lopez), ’09 (l. to No. 5 del Potro), ’10 (l. to No. 1 Federer), ’12 (l. to No. 1 Djokovic)
• This week No. 3 in return games won (15 of 47, 32%) and No. 8 break points converted (15 of 30, 50%)
W: Oeiras (d Ferrer); F: Buenos Aires (l Ferrer); SF: Casablanca (l Robredo); QF(2): Chennai (l Bedene); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Monte Carlo (l Tsonga)
2013 in Review:
• The 28-year-old Swiss native comes in with a 24-8 record (17-4 on clay) this season and has reached the quarter-finals or better at six tournaments, including last four on clay – last month at ATP Masters 1000 Monte-Carlo, reached QFs (l. to Tsonga), previous week SF in Casablanca (l. to Robredo in three sets) and title last Sunday in Oeiras (d. No. 4 Ferrer)
• It was his fourth career ATP World Tour title (4-7 in finals) and first crown since January 2011 in Chennai (d. Malisse)
• Will jump from No. 15 to around No. 13 in Emirates ATP Rankings and to No. 10 if reaches final
• Playing in his fourth ATP World Tour SF of the year (2-1), last year SF or better four times on ATP World Tour with a 0-4 mark in SF matches
• Appearing in his fourth ATP Masters 1000 SF, 1-2 (1-1 on clay) record in SF matches. His lone final came in Rome in 2008 (l. to Djokovic)
• Reached 4R at ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells (l. to Federer) and withdrew from Miami (back/arm)
• On February 24 at Buenos Aires, contested his first ATP World Tour final since 2011, when he captured the title in Chennai…Fell to Ferrer in three-set Buenos Aires final
• Represented Switzerland in 3-2 loss to Czech Republic in Davis Cup 1R , going 1-2 over the weekend
• At the Australian Open, reached the 4R, losing to Djokovic 12-10 in fifth set. At one stage led 61 52
• Has a 21-60 career record (1-4 in finals) vs. Top 10 opponents (3-5 this year) all three wins came on clay, over No. 2 Murray in 3R at ATP Masters 1000 Monte Carlo last month, No. 4 Ferrer last week and No. 8 Tsonga on Friday
WAWRINKA ATP MASTERS 1000 SF – The Swiss is appearing in a fourth ATP Maters 1000 SF (1-2 record):
2012 Cincinnati l. to No. 1 Roger Federer
2009 Monte Carlo l. to No. 3 Novak Djokovic
2008 Rome d. No. 6 Andy Roddick (l. to Djokovic in final)
SWISS TOP 10 PLAYERS – Wawrinka is one of four Swiss players to be ranked in the Top 10 (career-high):
Roger Federer No. 1 on Feb. 2, 2004
Jakob Hlasek No. 7 on April 17, 1989
Marc Rosset No. 9 on Sept. 11, 1995
Stanislas Wawrinka No. 9 on June 9, 2008
• The 27-year-old Czech Republic native is playing in Madrid for the ninth time in 10 years (except ’10) and is coming off a runner-up last year (l. to Federer). He opened Wednesday with a 67 63 62 win over Jerzy Janowicz and followed with a 76 75 victory over Kevin Anderson and 76 64 triumph over No. 3 Andy Murray. This week No. 2 in aces (22) and No. 7 in return games won (11 of 38, 29%)
• Has a 12-8 career record. He was first Czech Republic finalist since Jiri Novak in 2002 (W/O vs. Agassi). Also a SF in 2006 (d. No. 6 Roddick, No. 2 Nadal, l. to No. 10 Gonzalez) and QF in 2011 (l. to Bellucci)
F(2): Marseille (l Tsonga); Dubai (l Djokovic); SF: ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Indian Wells (l Nadal); QF(3): Chennai (l Bautista Agut); Australian Open (l Djokovic); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami (l Gasquet)
2013 in Review:
• The top player from the Czech Republic enters with a 26-8 match record on the season (5-2 on clay) and has reached the quarter-finals or better in seven of nine tournaments played, including back-to-back finals in Marseille (l. to Tsonga) and Dubai (d. Federer in SF, l. to Djokovic).
• Playing in fourth semi-final of the year (2-1) and last season SF or better eight times on ATP World Tour (4-4 in SF matches). He and Federer are the only Top 10 players without a title this season
• Appearing in 12th career ATP Masters 1000 semi-final, 3-8 (0-1 in 2013) in SF matches
• Captured his 400th career (402-222) Tour-level match win over Jerzy Janowicz on Wednesday
• In ATP Masters 1000 events, SF at Indian Wells (l. to No. 5 Nadal), fell to 3-8 in ATP Masters 1000 SFs and QF at Miami (l. to No. 10 Gasquet), lost in 3R at ATP Masters 1000 Monte Carlo (l. to Fognini)
• Reached seventh career Grand Slam QF at Australian Open (l. to Djokovic)
• Helped Czech Republic beat Switzerland 3-2 in Davis Cup 1R, winning three points. Partnered with Rosol in doubles rubber, the duo overcame Chiudinelli-Wawrinka 24-22 in fifth set, match lasted 7 hours, 1 minute and is the longest Davis Cup match on record (in time)
• Has a career 36-79 (3-3 in 2013) record vs Top 10 opponents (d. No. 2 Federer in Dubai, No. 10 Gasquet in Indian Wells, and No. 3 Murray here)
BERDYCH ATP MASTERS 1000 SEMI-FINALS – Appearing in his 12th career ATP Masters 1000 semi-final 3-8 (0-1 in 2013) in SF record (his wins are): Final result
2012 Madrid d. No. 11 Juan Martin del Potro lost to No. 3 Roger Federer
2010 Miami d. No. 7 Robin Soderling lost to No. 8 Andy Roddick
2005 Paris d. No. 14 Radek Stepanek def. No. 10 Ivan Ljubicic
MUTUA MADRID OPEN 2013
WAWRINKA BATTLES TO BERDYCH VICTORY
by ATP Staff | 11.05.2013
Stanislas Wawrinka will return to the Top 10 of the Emirates ATP Rankings after reaching the final of the Mutua Madrid Open on Saturday. The Swiss battled from a break down in the final set to defeat Tomas Berdych 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 in just under two hours.
Playing for his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crown, the 15th-seeded Wawrinka will face Rafael Nadal in Sunday’s final. The Swiss will need to overturn a 0-8 record against the Spaniard, though, with three of those defeats coming on clay.
Wawrinka goes into the final on a nine-match winning streak, having won his seventh ATP World Tour title last week at the Portugal Open in Oeiras (d. Ferrer). Regardless of the final result, he will return to the Top 10 for the first time since 2008, when he reached a career-high World No. 9.
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Tomas Berdych in action against Stanislas Wawrinka
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May 11, 2013
S. WAWRINKA/T. Berdych
6-3, 4-6, 6-4
THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.
Q. You were four games to two in the third set; what happened?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Yeah, it was actually worst four games I ever probably played in the match. That was the result. You know, I mean, I really have no excuse for that. It was just bad play from me. That's it.
This is a huge chance that when you have that you cannot lose that. That was really bad play from me.
Q. Last year you got to the final against Roger. You are losing some points, but this year the courts are better, or what is your opinion of this year's courts?
TOMAS BERDYCH: No, I really think last year it was just the shock for the players, but the courts, even last year, were okay. It's just something that they probably, you know, when they see the blue then they were scared of it or something.
I don't see a big difference at all. The courts were prepared really well. Even this year or the last year. I mean, really the courts were great. I don't see any difference in between that. That's it.
Q. The success in Davis Cup for the Czech Republic has been a great thing for the country. Apart from that, you now you are in the lead with Stepanek or there are some more players? How do you see the future of Czech tennis?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Oh, yeah, it is a big thing for Czech for sure. It's not happening every year like here in Spain they are winning it almost year by year. We did after 32 years, and, yeah, it was big. It's still huge. We are in the semifinal again.
Talking leader, so far I am the leader. I am the highest in the ranking and play the most matches.
But on the other hand, you know, we have new guys coming up. Rosol got 30 something in the world, and then we have one young junior that he's now around 100 something, 120 or something. He's getting really up.
So, yeah, I think the future for our team is still there. Even that Radek is getting older and probably he's not going to be with us forever, his experience for sure let's for doubles could be really helpful and we can still make a strong team.
So, you know, let's hope to make good results again this year. We will see.
Q. Can you make a general opinion of the match?
TOMAS BERDYCH: I think there is no general. There are those last four games which I said was really bad play from me. That's it. Whatever happened before just happened.
Important is the end, and the end was really not well played from me.
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