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Tomas has reached the quarter-finals of the Internazionali BNL d'Italia in Rome for the fourth time in his career. He will face today Number One Novak Djokovic.
Tomas Berdych records his first win in three years over Novak Djokovic after battling back in Rome
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INTERNAZIONALI BNL D'ITALIA 2013
Berdych Stuns Djokovic To Reach Semis
by ATP Staff | 17.05.2013
Tomas Berdych recorded his first win in three years over Novak Djokovic on Friday as he battled back from the brink of defeat to reach the semi-finals of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia with a 2-6, 7-5, 6-4 victory.
Berdych trailed 6-2, 5-2 before coming back to stun World No. 1 and two-time former champion Djokovic in two hours and 22 minutes. The Czech overturned a 1-13 FedEx ATP Head2Head record against Djokovic, claiming his first win since the 2010 Wimbledon semi-finals.
"I lost concentration and started to play more defensively," lamented Djokovic. "[I played] a bad game at 5-3 and I made some unforced errors. At this level you have to take advantage of the opportunities and I lost this game by myself."
In the Rome semi-finals, Berdych will face either defending champion Rafael Nadal or David Ferrer. Should he face Nadal, the Czech would have to overcome a 3-13 FedEx ATP Head2Head record, having not beaten the Spaniard since 2006. Against Ferrer, Berdych also has a losing record, trailing 3-6 in their Head2Head.
The 27-year-old Berdych is attempting to win his first ATP World Tour title of the season, following runner-up finishes in Marseille (l. to Tsonga) and Dubai (l. to Djokovic). He is through to his third ATP World Tour Masters 1000 semi-final this year, also reaching the last four in Indian Wells (l. to Nadal) and Madrid (l. to Wawrinka).
The Czech was dominated by Djokovic for the first half of their 15th meeting and did not create his first break point chance until the Serb was serving for the match at 5-3 in the second set. Having trailed 2-5, Berdych reeled off five straight games to level the match. He then broke Djokovic in the third game of the third set to put himself on the path to victory. He surrendered a 40/0 lead when serving for the match, but converted his fourth match point to claim his 29th win of the season.
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Tomas Berdych celebrates winning his quarter final match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia on day six of the Internazionali BNL d'Italia 2013 at the Foro Italico Tennis Centre on May 17, 2013 in Rome, Italy.
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Rome 2013 Friday Interview Berdych
May 17, 2013 - Tomas Berdych reflects on his comeback quarter-final win over World No. 1 Novak Djokovic in Rome on Friday.
17 MAY 2013
INTERNAZIONALI BNL D'ITALIA 2013
T. BERDYCH/N. Djokovic
2-6, 7-5, 6-4
Q: Having been beaten so many times by your opponent … what was your mindset and motivation?
T Berdych: Had the same motivation as any other match as you play with the number one in the world and no question about looking for motivation – there is a huge one and one day you have to break it (the champion) and I am happy that it was today. It was a great game and I am happy.
Q: What were you thinking when you were down one set and also, how would you explain if you were an Italian journalist that you can lose to Fognini twice and then come here and beat the number one in the world
T Berdych: So, well I was trying to stay positive from the beginning and didn't give me a single chance and I was trying to stay there and there are matches that you get not a single chance and then if you get one, then you are ready and then everything could turn the other way and this is what happened and at 53 I wondered, should I change the racquet and balls and then I did and we were there for a bit longer and the second – you are the journalist .. you mentioned two matches are over some years, Tennis is like this nowadays – you can win and lose against anyone and Djokovic lost in the first round in Madrid and he doesn't need to apologise and ………….. not playing the Davis Cup on clay and I didn't play and so my start on clay was a bit slow and my main goal is the French Open.
Q: You've been chasing the top 4 players and do you sense a bit more opportunity and things are opening up at the top
T Berdych: Its tough to say. In the last two weeks I've done my maximum with Andy and Novak and its not enough and needs more and more time and the system is about keeping this up for a longer time and even if it is opening up I am still not there and step by step and hopefully I will be sitting somewhere else like New York and talking about the same thing and then if I am able to keep the results then there is a chance.
Q: We have seen that you are looking at the TV while we translate. Are you studying the opponent?
T Berdych: I know them both really well and I suppose its professional deformation ….. I played two and a half hours and now I sit here and watch again. I mean, both of them -- David or Rafa – its is going to be incredible to play.
Q: It’s a little bit follow up to the previous question. You said every day anyone can beat another one. Nadal after you beat him 3 times in 21 April 2007 and then in Madrid in the quarter finals in 2006 and then since then you lost 12 times in a row. A player of your level, someone should expect to be more able to beat him or find a bad day for him. What has happened in the past years and do you think Nadal or Djokovic is more difficult to beat.
T Berdych: You can see that Fognini is a talented player and really able to play good tennis and if he can do it you can have a pretty good player. You have a good statistic and I am not prepared for you. You can have a player that you never beat and I did it 3 times then lost 12 times. Same with Novak but only 1 win and then 11 times and so perhaps I need to lose once more to Nadal and hopefully it will be here and then I'll beat him in the French Open …. So if you like numbers then this is my reply. It hard to pick one that is harder to beat. Both I have pretty bad records with both but I think that it was easier with Novak but I am able to beat him only once until today and so you cannot ask me that. I'll just try on court and see what happens.