|Posted on May 9, 2014 at 5:30 AM|
The 56-man draw at the Mutua Madrid Open has been whittled down to just eight players, who are all in action on Day 6. Headlining Friday’s order of play are three of the world’s top 10 players – Rafael Nadal, David Ferrer and Tomas Berdych. Nadal and Berdych pair off for the 21st time with the world No. 1 having won 17 of their 20 meetings, including the last 16 in a row. Ferrer will look to advance to the SF here for the second time when he goes up against Ernests Gulbis. The pair has met just twice in the last seven years with the Spaniard winning on both occasions. The other QF match-ups see Robert Bautista Agut take on the in-form Colombian qualifier Santiago Giraldo and Kei Nishikori face off with Feliciano Lopez.
H2H Tomas Berdych vs Rafael Nadal
Order of Play - Friday, May 9, 2014
TOMAS BERDYCH as he enters 2014 MADRID QFs
• Berdych reached his 30th ATP Masters 1000 QF with a 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 victory over Grigor Dimitrov, breaking the Bulgarian’s serve three times. He kick-started his Madrid campaign with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Kevin Anderson, improving his record against the South African to 11-0.
• Berdych is making his 10th appearance in Madrid. His best showing came in 2012 when he reached the final before falling to Federer in 3 sets. He reached the SF last year (l. to Wawrinka).
• After falling in the Australian Open SF (l. to Wawrinka), Berdych compiled an 11-match winning streak – the longest of his career. He kick-started the run in Czech Republic’s Davis Cup victory over the Netherlands before clinching his first title in more than a year in Rotterdam (d. Marin Cilic in F). The Czech then defeated world No. 10 Tsonga en route to the Dubai final where Federer ended his streak. His previous best unbeaten run was nine matches (2005-06).
• Since Dubai, Berdych’s standout performances came in Miami where he reached the SF (withdrew vs. Nadal due to gastroenteritis) and in Oeiras (l. to Berlocq in F after winning the first set 6-0).
• Berdych finished 2013 in the top 10 for the fourth year in a row, reaching a career high of No. 5 in August. Despite reaching the QF or better in 15 of his 23 tournaments, Berdych was the only player in the top 10 not to win a title in 2013.
• Berdych is bidding to reach his 16th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 SF (15-14 in QFs) and second of the season, after Miami. He is also looking to reach his fourth SF in Madrid (3-1 in QFs here).
MUTUA MADRID OPEN 2014
Nadal Outclasses Berdych In Madrid
by ATP Staff | 09.05.2014
World No. 1 Rafael Nadal recorded his 17th straight win in 21 meetings against Tomas Berdych on Friday for a place in the Mutua Madrid Open semi-finals.
Three-time champion Nadal defeated the sixth seed 6-4, 6-2 for his 28th match win of the season, which includes two ATP World Tour titles. He will next play Roberto Bautista Agut or Santiago Giraldo, the recent Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell finalist (l. to Nishikori).
Berdych appeared to hold the upperhand in the first six games, before Nadal’s forehand potency reaped dividends with a break of serve to 30 in the seventh game.
A thunderous forehand winner at 1-1 in the second game gave Nadal his second break of serve. He broke Berdych for a 5-2 lead and finished with his fourth ace of the match, which lasted 88 minutes.
Nadal has won the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title in 2005 (d. Ljubicic), 2010 (d. Federer) and 2013 (d. Wawrinka). He has won 43 clay-court crowns during his career.
Berdych, who was appearing in his 30th quarter-final at Masters 1000-level, came into the event on the back of a runner-up finish at the Portugal Open in Oeiras (l. to Berlocq).
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Clan Berdych: only physio Sergio Ferraz
chair umpire is Mohamed Lahyani of Sweden
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A general view of the Manolo Santana court showing Rafael Nadal against Tomas Berdych in their quarter final match during day seven of the Mutua Madrid Open tennis tournament at the Caja Magica on May 9, 2014 in Madrid, Spain.