|Posted on June 1, 2010 at 5:18 PM|
Joy and Happiness Today!
Tomas Berdych is the first player from the Czech Republic to reach the Roland Garros semi-finals
since 1992 when Petr Korda lost in the final to former World No. 1 Jim Courier.
Berdych breakthrough at French Open
Tomas Berdych finally has made his grand slam breakthrough at the French Open, crushing Mikhail Youzhny of Russia 6-3, 6-1, 6-2 to reach the semi-finals.
It was the first time that the towering Czech had made it through to the last four of a grand slam event at the age of 24. His previous best had been a lone quarter-final appearance at Wimbledon in 2007.
And it signaled that finally Berdych is beginning to live up to the potential he showed as a rising teenage star after years of under-achievement.
Next up for him will be Swedish fifth seed Robin Soderling who upset top seed and defending champion Roger Federer in the day's other quarter-final.
"There are a lot of emotions coming through and I haven't had too much time to think about it, but I am feeling great and it's nice to be enjoying every day and playing tennis so well every day," he said
"I am playing well, but I just want to keep it a little bit lower and I hope I can still bring something different for the next games.
"I still need to play aggressive but with more control and be more patient."
In a match sandwiched around a 75-minute rain delay, Berdych totally dominated a strangely passive Youzhny, seeded 11th, four places higher than his opponent.
Breaks in the third and ninth games of the first set were enough to give Berdych the first set and it was at 1-1 in the second when the players were sent running for cover as a heavy rain shower engulfed a chilly Roland Garros.
On the resumption over an hour later, Berdych rammed home his advantage winning five games in a row against an increasingly frustrated looking Youzhny.
The Russian took a toilet break after which he finally stopped the rot by holding serve to open the third set.
The rain briefly came down again after Berdych had made it 1-1, but this time the players stayed on court and the match resumed a few minutes later.
There was no respite for Youzhny though as Berdych powered away to reach the semi-finals without the loss of a set.
Turning to Soderling, Berdych said: "He reached the final last year so he has a lot of experience of playing here.
"He beat Roger Federer today and that is always a great result to achieve.
"We played a couple of matches, the last being in Miami where I played a good match and won.
"It could be a small advantage, but here it is the best of five sets and the semi-finals of a grand slam."