This year Berdych powers into first Grand Slam semi-final
Tomas Berdych finally made his Grand Slam breakthrough at the French Open crushing Mikhail Youzhny 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.