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2014 Kooyong - Tomas Berdych vs Kei Nishikori *Tomas Berdych books place in AAMI Classic final*

Posted on January 9, 2014 at 11:10 AM



Order of Play - Thursday 9th January 2014


Tomas Berdych v Kei Nishikori

Fernando Verdasco v Grigor Dimitrov

Jordan Thompson vs Mikhail Youzhny *replaces Stanislas Wawrinka*

Novak Djokovic v Juan Monaco






combo-image: Tomas Berdych during his Kooyong Classic match against Kei Nishikori.
Chair umpire is Mr. Matthew Davies




















Tomas Berdych in action against Kei Nishikori





















Tomas Berdych serves (speed serve 204 km/h)
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Berdych through to Kooyong tennis final


January 9, 2014


World No.7 Tomas Berdych is continuing his impressive warm-up for next week's Australian Open by booking his place in the final of the AAMI Classic.


The Czech, who finished third in the Kooyong tournament last year, swept aside Japanese world No.17 Kei Nishikori on Thursday 6-4 6-1.


He will play a Frenchman - Richard Gasquet or Gilles Simon - in the final on Saturday, with his opponent decided in Friday's matches.


Berdych, who is also seeded seventh for the Melbourne Park grand slam, opened his tournament with a 7-5 6-2 win over Spaniard Fernando Verdasco.


He said he felt much more comfortable in his second match.


"I felt much better than yesterday; I'm hitting ball much smoother and cleaner and that's what I need," Berdych said.

 

 

 





























Tomas Berdych slow moton
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Tomas Berdych through to Kooyong final after defeating Kei Nishikori


January 9, 2014


Things are heating up for world No.7 Tomas Berdych and he wouldn’t want it any other way.


The Czech booked his place in the final of the AAMI Classic at Kooyong with a straight sets win over Japanese world No.17 Kei Nishikori 6-4, 6-1. Berdych will play a Frenchman – Richard Gasquet or Gilles Simon – in the final on Saturday, with his opponent decided in Friday’s matches.


‘‘I felt much better than yesterday; I’m hitting the ball much smoother and cleaner and that’s what I need,’’ the Australian Open seventh seed said.


The temperature was 32 degrees in Melbourne on Thursday and is expected to reach above 40 next week. Berdych said he preferred hot weather heading into the first grand slam event of the year to ready his body for the expected gruelling conditions. A Wimbledon finalist in 2010, he’s looking to improve on his third successive quarter-final appearance at the Australian Open last year.


‘‘It’s pretty good timing to test myself how I can deal with that,’’ he said. ‘‘If you have a day which is really nice and cool and then just all of a sudden on Monday you need to go on court and play your best-of-five sets and it’s like 35, then that could be really, really tough.’’

 

 














combo-image: Tomas Berdych during his Kooyong Classic match against Kei Nishikori











Tomas Berdych pictured during his Kooyong Classic match against Kei Nishikori in Melbourne on January 9, 2014. Berdych won the match 6-4, 6-1. Enjoy!














































































































 

 


Tomas signs on the camera
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Tomas signs autographs for fans after defeating Kei Nishikori















Tomas Berdych defeated Kei Nishikori and secures himself a spot in the AAMI Classic Final on Saturday





Post Match Press Conference:


Q: That looked pretty comfortable out there Tomas, did you feel a little better than yesterday?


TOMAS BERDYCH: Yeah I did, I felt much better than yesterday, I was hitting the ball much smoother, much cleaner and that's, that's what I need to improve my game and really it was a, it was a good hitting of the ball and that's, that's really what I need.


"If it's Saturday and it's really warm then I think it's, again it's a pretty good, pretty good timing to get – test myself how, you know, how I can deal with that, how – get used to it a bit as well and then you know, because it's – because if you have a day like, which is really nice and cool and then just all of a sudden on Monday you need to go on court play your best of five sets and it's like 35, then it's – that could be really, really tough. But when you have a day like even today and then probably Saturday which is going to be even warm, then it's, I think it's pretty nice to get, to get used to it and be ready for, for those matches in the Slam."

 



 







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