|Posted on July 2, 2010 at 10:57 AM|
Tomas Berdych is the first Czech player in 20 years to reach the Wimbledon semi-finals.
Order of Play - Friday, July 2, 2010
Centre Court Starting at 13:00
Gentlemen's Singles - Semifinals
Tomas Berdych (CZE) vs Novak Djokovic (SRB)
Gentlemen's Singles - Semifinals
Andy Murray (GBR) vs Rafael Nadal (ESP)
ATP site by Kate Flory | 01.07.2010
The first of the semi-finals pits Federer’s conqueror, Tomas Berdych against World No. 3 Novak Djokovic. Both players are attempting to reach their first Wimbledon final and, in Berdych’s case, his first major final. In a breakthrough month for the Czech player, he advanced to his first Grand Slam semi-final at Roland Garros (l. to Soderling) before defeating World No. 2 Federer for just the third time in 11 meetings on Wednesday.
At 24 years, nine months, Berdych is the oldest of the four semi-finalists and is the first Czech player to feature in the Wimbledon semi-finals since Ivan Lendl in 1990. Indeed, the Valasske Mezirici native is only the third Czech man in the Open Era to reach the last four at The Championships. He is bidding to become the first Czech man to reach the final since Ivan Lendl in 1987, and the first champion since Jan Kodes in 1973.
Should Berdych beat Djokovic, against whom he has a 0-2 record, he is projected to rise to a career-high No. 8 in the South African Airways 2010 ATP Rankings on Monday. “I think it's gonna be a really, really tough one,” said Berdych, looking ahead to the semi-finals. “Of course you need to have some confidence to get to the semi-final, so I think it's going to be really same for both of us. I'm looking forward to that match.”
Tomas Berdych Beats Third-Seeded Novak Djokovic to Reach Wimbledon Final
By Christopher Elser - July 2, 2010
Tomas Berdych defeated third-seeded Novak Djokovic in straight sets at Wimbledon to reach his first Grand Slam tennis final.
The 24-year-old Berdych, seeded 12th, beat Djokovic 6-3, 7-6 (11-9), 6-3. He’s the first Czech to reach the final since Ivan Lendl 23 years ago, and will face either Andy Murray of Britain or Rafael Nadal of Spain, who play in the other semifinal today.
“The feeling is absolutely amazing,” Berdych said in a televised interview on the British Broadcasting Corp. “Another victory, over Novak Djokovic, who is a great player.”
Berdych was a semifinalist at the French Open last month and reached the Wimbledon quarterfinals in 2007. He beat defending champion and top-seeded Roger Federer in the quarterfinals two days ago.
Today’s match on Centre Court hinged on the second set, when the players traded break points and each had set points. They held serve until 5-5, when Berdych got three break points. Djokovic, 23, saved one but missed an overhead smash to give the game to Berdych. He then broke back in the next game with a sliding forehand.
In the tiebreaker, Djokovic was down 5-2, went for a big second serve, and missed. Berdych wasn’t able to convert either of his serves, making it 6-5. After a 21-shot rally, Djokovic’s defensive lob was ruled out, but the call was overturned. The Serb won the replay to even the tiebreaker, and then the players traded set points. Djokovic double-faulted to lose the set, hitting his chair with his racket and getting a warning from the umpire.
In the final set, Djokovic was able to trade games until 4- 3, when he tried to hit big second serves and missed, giving the Czech the break. Berdych held serve and was on his way to the final, where he said he yearned to be as a child.
“This is the dream,” Berdych said.
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Joy for Berdych Camp! Tomas was watched by his father Martin and mother Hana, who flew in from the Czech Republic for yesterday's match, as he became the first Czech finalist since Ivan Lendl in 1987.