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2014 Australian Open Semi-Final: Tomas Berdych vs Stanislas Wawrinka

Posted on January 23, 2014 at 12:55 AM
 


 

Tomas Berdych defeated No. 3 seed David Ferrer in four sets Tuesday to reach his first-ever Australian semi-final. He has now reached the semi-finals of all four grand slams! Tomas will face Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka who defeated defending champion Novak Djokovic in five sets.




















 

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H2H Tomas Berdych vs Stanislas Wawrinka












Order of Play - Thursday, January 23, 2014 - Rod Laver Arena Night session
 

 

 

 

 

 

 










 

Tomas Berdych and Stanislas Wawrinka ahead of their semi-final match at 2014 Australian Open









 

 





 

 

 

 

 


 Match Stats - Wawrinka won the match 6-3, 6-7(1), 7-6(3), 7-6(4)

 


 

 






Tomas Berdych rues tiebreak form


By Ben Sutton at Melbourne Park


Australian Open semi-finalist Tomas Berdych was left to rue his poor tie-breaks as he missed the chance to make a grand slam final. In a match that featured just one break of serve, Swiss number eight seed Stanislas Wawrinka played better when it mattered to seal a 6-3 6-7 (1-7) 7-6 (7-3) 7-6 (7-4) victory.


Berdych was pleased with his performance, but said luck deserted him in the tie-breaks as he committed crucial unforced errors and double faults.


"Basically the game plan was working nearly perfect," he said. "But the tie-break is always a big lottery, and he was the lucky one today.


"I'm starting to get quite annoyed with the matches losing in tie-breaks. I'm not pretty good in that.


"I can give you quite many examples of losing matches in tie-breaks. I need to improve that, definitely."


The big-serving Czech had just one break point throughout the entire match and while Wawrinka only had four, he capitalised on one in the first set that proved crucial in the outcome of the match.


"Well I got one. I made a chance to break him; it didn't happen," Berdych added. "He made just only one which definitely decide the match.


"It was a very good match. I played very well. I build the tactics and the game plan on my strength.


"It was working pretty good. Just there was one thing that I miss, and it was my service game in the first set.


"Other than that, I was able to play aggressive, not to do that many mistakes."


In an indication of just how close the match was, Wawrinka won a total of 143 points compared to 142 from Berdych.


The seventh seed wasn't interested in hearing how close he was to a second grand slam final and said the difference was that Wawrinka took his chances.


"Basically doesn't matter. Just show how the result was close. That's it," he said.


"You know, I mean, I just saw the statistic right quickly after I came back. As you said, it's been by one point and one break, that's it.


"Well, I mean, if I would feel the difference then I would be nearly a genius. 


"It's really hard to find what could be the difference. I mean, we both play great. We play a good match. Stan was the one that just took it, and that's it."

 








 

 

 

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Stanislas Wawrinka beat Tomas Berdych in four sets at the Australian Open

























 

 

 

 

 


















 























Tomas Berdych SF Australian Open 2014


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Tomas Berdych and Stanislas Wawrinka shake hands at the end of their semi-final match at Australian Open 2014




















 

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Model Ester Satorova, girlfriend of Tomas Berdych, watches his semifinal against Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014.

 

 
 
 






 






Ester Satorova in the stands


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Tomas Berdych's parents, mother Hana and father Martin, girlfriend Ester Satorova and his support team watch his semifinal against Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014.















From L-R top: Tomas Berdych's parents: mother Hana, father Martin, girlfriend Ester Satorova
From L-R bottom: coach Tomas Krupa, fitness trainer David Vydra, physio Sergio Ferraz

 

 








 











SEMI-FINAL MATCH AUSTRALIAN OPEN 2014 Enjoy 14 Swiss TV Captures TSR2!




Chair umpire is John Blom of Australia - has been awarded his ITF Gold Badge – the highest international officiating certification. (Sept 2013)























































































































































































 





 






















Tomas Berdych during post-match interview




Transcribed Interview

Q.  You won 142 points and Stan won 143.  Does it make it any harder when it's so close?


TOMAS BERDYCH:  Basically doesn't matter.  Just show how the result was close.  That's it.

You know, I mean, I just saw the statistic right quickly after I came back.  As you said, it's been by one point and one break, that's it.


 

Q.  What did you feel was the difference out there tonight?


TOMAS BERDYCH:  Well, I mean, if I would feel the difference then I would be nearly a genius.  As you said, the match was extremely even and it was really so close.

It's really hard to find what could be the difference.  I mean, we both play great.  We play a good match.  Stan was the one that just took it, and that's it.


 

Q.  Harder time than usual reading his serve?


TOMAS BERDYCH:  Well, I mean, I got one.  I made a chance to break him; didn't happen.  He made just only one which definitely decide the match.  You know, that's it.

No, I didn't have a problem with that.  Serving great.  Serving a lot of aces.  No, definitely not.


 

Q.  Do you feel on another day it could have been your match?  Do you think that way?


TOMAS BERDYCH:  No, I don't.  I definitely don't think like that.  I'm a guy who lives in the present time.  This theoretic speaking, that's not my style, so I'm not going to give you the answer for that.  I don't know it.

 


Q.  You used to buy watches every time you had a big result here.  Is this a watch worthy tournament, making semis?


TOMAS BERDYCH:  No, I mean, well, this is really what is not part of the, I don't know, like the press conference right after the match.

I have other feelings going through my mind and you just coming with a question like that.  Really, I don't know what to say about it.


 

Q.  What do you take, if anything, out of the match tonight?


TOMAS BERDYCH:  It was a very good match.  I play very well.  I build the tactics and the game plan on my strength.  It was working pretty good.  You know, just there was one thing that I miss, and it was my service game in the first set.

Other than that, you know, I was able to play aggressive, not to do that many mistakes, you know, attacking Stan, especially after those slices backhands.

Basically the game plan was working nearly perfect.  But, you know, just the tiebreak is always a big lottery, and he was the lucky one today.


 

Q.  Do you remember the last time you played such a close match?


TOMAS BERDYCH:  Well, I mean, I'm starting to get quite annoyed with the matches losing in tiebreaks.  I'm not pretty good in that.  I can give you quite many examples of losing matches in tiebreaks.

I need to improve that, definitely.


 

Q.  You've played Stan quite a few times in the past year.  Do you feel he's improved every time you've played him?


TOMAS BERDYCH:  Of course.  I said that many times.  I can just repeat the same thing:  It's the player who made the biggest improvement of his game in the last year.

When he starts to work with Magnus his tennis is really, really a different level.  You can see it on the results.  Really there is no question about it.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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