|Posted on May 18, 2013 at 2:20 PM|
In the semifinals, Tomas will face Rafael Nadal, who needed 3 sets to defeat David Ferrer 6-4,4-6, 6-2. It will be their 17th encounter on the circuit.
H2H Tomas Berdych vs Rafael Nadal
The semi-finals on Saturday at the Internazionali BNL D’Italia feature three of the Top 6 players in the Emirates ATP Rankings and unseeded player making his ATP Masters 1000 semi-final debut.
First up is No. 5 Rafael Nadal, who takes a 13-3 (4-0 on clay) career record against No. 6 Tomas Berdych. Nadal has 12 consecutive wins over Berdych, including at ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells in March.
The Czech Republic native won three of the first four meetings. Nadal, who is a six-time champion (2005-07,’09-10,’12), is looking the reach the final here for the eighth time. He also was runner-up in 2011. He is appearing in his 46th career ATP Masters 1000 semi-final, 34-11 (22-0 on clay) record in semi-finals. Has a career record of 46-1 in ATP World Tour semi-finals on clay, winning 46 straight since lone loss in first career clay court semi-final to No. 4 countryman Carlos Moya at 2003 Umag.
Berdych comes in with the third-most wins on the ATP World Tour this year with 29 and is looking to reach his fourth career ATP Masters 1000 final, first here, first since runner-up showing last year at Madrid (l. to Federer). He is appearing in his 13th career ATP Masters 1000 semi-final, 3-9 (0-2 in 2013) in semi-final matches. Berdych is trying to become the first Czech player to reach the final/win
• The 27-year-old Czech Republic native is playing in Rome for the eighth year (13-7 record) and trying to reach the final for the first time. His previous best result was the quarter-finals three times – in ‘07 (l. to Volandri), ’11 (l. to Gasquet), last year (l. to No. 3 Nadal). This week has posted wins over Denis Istomin 64 60, Kevin Anderson 75 62 and World No. 1 Novak Djokovic 26 75 64 (down 2-5 in 2nd set)
• The last Czech Republic native to reach the final/win the title was Ivan Lendl in 1988 (d. Perez-Roldan)
• This week No. 4 in first serve points won (81%) and No. 7 in aces (17). Has held serve 29 of 33 games (88%), saving 11 of 15 break points (73%)
F(2): Marseille (l Tsonga); Dubai (l Djokovic); SF(2): ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Indian Wells (l Nadal); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid (l Wawrinka); 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 29-9 match record on the season (8-3 on clay) and has reached the quarter-finals or better in eight of 10 tournaments played, including back-to-back finals in Marseille (l. to Tsonga) and Dubai (d. Federer in SF, l. to Djokovic).
• Playing in fifth semi-final of the year (2-2) 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 13th career ATP Masters 1000 semi-final, 3-9 (0-2 in 2013) in SF matches
• In other ATP Masters 1000 events, SF at Indian Wells (l. to No. 5 Nadal), 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 career 37-79 (4-5 in 2013) record vs Top 10 opponents (d. No. 1 Djokovic in Rome, d. No. 2 Federer in Dubai, No. 3 Murray in Madrid, and No. 10 Gasquet in Indian Wells)
BERDYCH ATP MASTERS 1000 SEMI-FINALS – Appearing in his 13th career ATP Masters 1000 semi-final 3-9 (0-2 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
CZECH REPUBLIC 400 WINS CLUB – Berdych is No. 4 among Czechs in ATP Tour-level career match wins:
Ivan Lendl 1071-239
Tomas Smid 517-333
Petr Korda 410-248
Tomas Berdych 405-223
Jan Kodes 403-235
Nadal dismisses Djokovic's conqueror Berdych to reach Rome final
May 18, 2013
(CNN) -- Tomas Berdych may have upset World No.1 Novak Djokovic but found Rafael Nadal an altogether tougher proposition in the semifinals of the Rome Masters Saturday.
Nadal was at his impeccable best to sweep aside the big-hitting Czech 6-2 6-4 to reach his eighth straight ATP Tour final since returning to action in February after a long-term injury.
He will face his long-time rival Roger Federer after the Swiss ended the hopes of France's Benoit Paire with a 7-6 6-4 win in the second semifinal.
Berdych's defeat of Djokovic in the quarters would have done wonders for his confidence, but it took precisely one game for a reality check to set in.
Nadal came out firing on all cylinders to break his opponent immediately and he was never headed.
The crowd at the Foro Italico were treated to a clay court exhibition, particularly in the first set as the 26-year-old Spaniard broke Berdych a second time to rub it in.
The second set was closer and Berdych, who broke Djokovic's service as the Serbian served for the match in the previous round, gave himself a glimmer of hope by holding fast to four games apiece.
But he was broken for a third time as Nadal stepped up a gear before wrapping up his passage to the final.
"He starts really well and, of course, it's Rafa and we know how he plays on clay," Berdych told the official ATP Tour website.
"It was a good start for him. Yesterday I had one chance that I did take and I won, and today I had one chance that I didn't take and I lost."
Nadal had achieved the incredible feat of winning all 100% of points after his second service as he made it 13 straight wins on the tour over the unfortunate Berdych.
He will be heavy favorite to win his 24th Masters 1,000 crown Sunday before heading to Paris for his defense of the French Open crown.
"The first set was fantastic," Nadal said. "I played at a high level and everything went well with no mistakes. I was dominating the points and following to the net. I think I played one of my best matches since I am came back."
Rafael Nadal shakes hands with Tomas Berdych after their Rome Masters semi-finals tennis match on May 18, 2013. Nadal won 6-2, 6-4 to reach the final.
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Tomas Berdych Discusses SF Loss To Rafael Nadal
May 18, 2013 - Tomas Berdych talks about his semi-final loss to defending Rome champion Rafael Nadal on Saturday.
18 MAY 2013
INTERNAZIONALI BNL D'ITALIA 2013
R. NADAL/T. Berdych
Q: What has changed since the last time in 2007 and why is it so difficult for you to win against him.
T. Berdych: Funny question and in 5 years a lot of things can change and we are both improving and Rafa is improving and its tough to compare . he is a better player and that is how it is and there is not much more that I can say.
Q: Can you talk us through today's match – a fast start and then.
T. Berdych: He starts really well and of course its Rafa and we know how he plays on clay an it was a good start for him and it looks easy on his side and I had a chance that I didn’t take and yesterday I had one chance that I did take and I won and today I had one chance that I didn't take and I lost.
Q: And can you tell us about looking to Paris and the French Open …. you have had some pretty good results
T. Berdych: Of course and I had two really good weeks and now into the season to win against the second and first players in the world and so it has been a good two weeks on clay even though my start on clay was not what I expected but it is important that the results are getting better and better and I am looking for the progress that I am having.
Q: Do you think you played as well as yesterday. How could you compare yesterdays match with today's.
T. Berdych: You cannot compare another opponent. another match and another day. Probably if I play with the same opponent I could compare but I cannot compare...
Q: Rafa dropped very few points on his serve. What is the difference between his serve and Novak's yesterday
T. Berdych: Why do you always compare these two guys. One is leftie and one right and Rafa serves differently and making easy points on his serve and if I play with Federer or Murray it is different again ….. they are all different and there is no way to compare.