|Posted on November 8, 2013 at 9:00 PM|
Tomas Berdych looks to reach the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals semi-finals
Tomas Berdych remained in contention for a place in the semi-finals of the ATP World Tour Finals after defeating David Ferrer on Wednesday. Berdych had lost his opening Group A match against Stanislas Wawrinka on Monday. To have a chance of qualifying, he must now beat world number one Rafael Nadal.
H2H Tomas Berdych vs Rafael Nadal
In the evening session, Nadal and Berdych square off for the 20th time. Nadal leads the head-to-head 16-3, including 9-3 on hard courts. Nadal has won the past 15 meetings since 2007. The 27-year-old Spaniard finished No. 1 in 2008 and 2010. He comes in with a 73-6 match record on the season, including 10-3 in finals. This is the second time he’s won his first two round robin matches. In 2010, he went to the final undefeated before losing to Federer. Berdych, who reached the semi-finals two years ago, is appearing at The O2 for the fourth year in a row. He has reached three ATP World Tour finals this season and is the only player in the Top 10 without a title. The 28-year-old Czech has compiled consistent results by reaching the quarter-finals or better in 15 of 22 events.
BARCLAYS ATP WORLD TOUR FINALS 2013
Nadal Wins Group A With 3-0 Record
by ATP Staff | 08.11.2013
Rafael Nadal, the 2010 runner-up, defeated Tomas Berdych for the 16th straight time on Friday to finish Group A with a perfect 3-0 record at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.
Nadal’s win ensured that Stanislas Wawrinka, the seventh seed, also qualifies for the semi-finals. Berdych needs to beat Nadal to ensure his spot in the last four.
Nadal completed a 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 victory over Berdych in one hour and 50 minutes. The win means that he will face fourth seed Juan Martin del Potro or sixth seed and six-time former champion Roger Federer in the semi-finals on Sunday.
"I [attained] my goal," said Nadal. "I am in the semi-finals without losing a match. So that's most important thing for me.
"Any opponent will be very difficult. We are playing against the best players in the world. So if is del Potro, if is Federer, both players know very well how to beat me, on this surface especially. The only way to win the match of semi-finals is by playing my best match, playing fantastic tennis. I have one day off. One day tomorrow to keep playing well, keep trying to improve a little bit more."
Nadal signalled his intent with a thunderous forehand winner on the first point of the match. He went on to break Berdych to 15. In the eighth game, Nadal committed his first forehand error. He struck 11 winners and lost five service points in total to clinch the 40-minute opener. The set ensured that Nadal finished first in the group, regardless of the result.
Afterwards, Nadal said, "The first set was great today, in my opinion. I played my best set of the tournament."
Momentum swung in Berdych’s favour in the second set as he lost just four points en route to a 5-0 lead. Berdych bullied Nadal, hitting nine winners and one unforced error. Nadal recaptured his form, but it was too late to recover in the set. Berdych converted his second set point opportunity with his 11th ace. He had lost six service points.
Nadal came through a 10-point first game in the decider and was gifted a 5-3 lead when Berdych struck two double faults. Nadal clinched the match, his 74th victory of a remarkable season, with a hold to 15.
Nadal has won 10 titles from 13 finals since returning from a seven-month injury lay-off in February. He has compiled a 23-4 record against Top 10 opponents in the Emirates ATP Rankings.
Berdych, 28, now with a 53-24 mark on the season will next compete for the Czech Republic versus Serbia in the Davis Cup final next week.
World No. 1 Rafael Nadal defeated Tomas Berdych 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 to close out Group A round robin play with a 3-0 record. It was Nadal’s 16th consecutive win over Berdych.
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Tomas Berdych arrives on court to play against Spain's Rafael Nadal during day five of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at O2 Arena on November 8, 2013 in London, England.
Tomas Berdych serves in his men's singles match against Rafael Nadal of Spain during day five of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at O2 Arena on November 8, 2013 in London, England.
Tomas Berdych hits a forehand in his men's singles match against Rafael Nadal of Spain during day five of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at O2 Arena on November 8, 2013 in London, England.
Ester Satorova girlfriend of Tomas Berdych watches his men's singles match against Rafael Nadal during day five of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at O2 Arena on November 8, 2013 in London, England.
Tomas Berdych congratulates Rafael Nadal after their men's singles match during day five of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at O2 Arena on November 8, 2013 in London, England.
BARCLAYS ATP WORLD TOUR FINALS
November 8, 2013
R. NADAL/T. Berdych
6‑4, 1‑6, 6‑3
THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.
Q. You have Davis Cup coming up. Do you have any extra motivation?
TOMAS BERDYCH: It is really close after my match. It's tough to talk about what is going on next week.
As you said, it's Davis Cup. We're going to Serbia. Another extremely tough match, extremely tough end of the season. So just get ready for that and try to do my best there.
Q. (No microphone.)
TOMAS BERDYCH: I would say basically when you give to the player Rafa two games, it's just too much. I gave him the first game of the match, and then the one that I lost my serve in the third set.
So basically, you know, there's nothing else I can say about it.
Q. After such a long year working and playing tennis, your game suits this place. The tournament is going to stay. Do you think you will have better chances in another year?
TOMAS BERDYCH: First of all, when I'm decided and committed to play, I go and I try to figure it out. Of course, I mean, that's a question of another season, about making plans, how my season's going to look like.
Really, I mean, I will have enough time after my vacation to think about it. Now, I mean, really the season is still not over. We're going to Serbia, you know, for another tough one. So there is not much time to think about the rest.
Q. Obviously your year hasn't quite ended yet. Can you just quickly reflect on a pretty good year.
TOMAS BERDYCH: You know, I mean, it's going to sound quite different right now, especially after the match like this today. I mean, it's hard to find the positive thing, you know, about the whole season.
Definitely there are many of them. But, as I said before many times, the season was very consistent, very good results, beating couple guys from the top 10, playing very solid through all the year. That's why I'm here.
Yeah, reaching No.5 in the world, that's it.
Q. As you just said, you broke the top five this year. Have you got any targets for 2014?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Yeah, I break that. But still I'm going to be lucky if I'm going to be able to end up No.6, which is one below. I would be happy to finish the year in top 10, if possible.
Q. How do you like the atmosphere, the fans at the O2? What does it mean to you?
TOMAS BERDYCH: I mean, yeah, the atmosphere and the fans are great. It's been said really thousand times. It was not exception today.
Really, I mean, one of the best crowds that I ever play tennis. You know, it means a lot. It means that I'm part of the top eight best players in the world and I can be competing here, you know, at a close, very close chance to beat top four of them, playing in the semifinal. Unfortunately not happen.
Really, it's proud to be here and part of these guys.
Q. It's strange to see Nadal down 5‑0. Which was your feeling in that moment?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Why it's strange?
Q. Nadal, 5‑0 down. Did you see him down 5‑0 this year?
TOMAS BERDYCH: I'm not pretty good in the statistic. The guy that reach the No.1 spot in the world, probably not.
I don't know why it would be that strange. I was trying to do my best. I was playing good tennis. I hope I deserve the score.
Q. The score was strange.
TOMAS BERDYCH: Thank you. Thanks for the respect. That's all right.
I will try to do next time that it's going to be more interesting for the people and it's going to be 5‑All. It's not going to be a strange score.
Q. It was a great match. It's just towards the end that maybe he raised his level, and it wasn't the same for you. Is it hard in a third set? If you had to think back, what would you have done differently at the end?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, I mean, it's hard to find something what I would like to do different, you know, next time. How I see that, yeah, I mean, I gave him that game basically. Two double‑faults. It was not much that he really done that game that he broke me.
I mean, it's difficult to say I would do it different. I mean, from the beginning of the second set, I mean, my level of game was quite high and I kind of felt that I'm going really on the edge, especially on my serve. With him, it's always very tough.
I mean, in the moment when it's going everything well, serving great, you're making easy points. But I basically felt in that point there is not much I can add more, you know? You know, that's time it was really tight score. You know, that's why he's No.1 in the world.
So, you know, that game I didn't handle well. That's it. That's the difference between the sixth player and the first player.
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