|Posted on October 10, 2014 at 1:00 PM|
QUARTER-FINAL DAY: The 56-man draw at the Shanghai Rolex Masters, the penultimate ATP Masters 1000 event of the year, has been whittled down to just eight players, who are all in action on Day 6. Leading the way are World No. 1 Novak Djokovic and No. 3 Roger Federer, who is set to rise to No. 2 in the Emirates ATP Rankings on Monday. Djokovic takes a 12-5 FedEx H2H series lead into his 18th meeting with David Ferrer, while Federer goes up against Julien Benneteau with the Swiss winning five of the pair’s seven career meetings. The other QF match-ups see Tomas Berdych clash with Gilles Simon and Feliciano Lopez, who is bidding for his 200th hard-court win, take on Mikhail Youzhny.
Tomas Berdych FastFacts
• Berdych advanced to his 3rd ATP Masters 1000 QF of the season with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Ivo Karlovic. He surpassed Yannick Noah (476) in match wins with the victory, moving up to 48th on the Open Era wins list. He is two victories shy of former world No. 1 Juan Carlos Ferrero (479).
• Berdych took just 52 minutes to dispatch of Richard Gasquet 6-3, 6-1 in his opener.
• Berdych has yet to face a BP this tournament, winning all 18 of his service games. He leads the way in points won on both first (93%, 50 of 54) and second (76%, 22 of 29) serve this week.
• Berdych is making his sixth appearance in Shanghai. The Czech No. 1’s best showing here was a SF appearance in 2012 (d. No. 6 Tsonga in QF, l. to No. 2 Djokovic).
• Berdych lost 6-0, 6-2 to Djokovic in the Beijing final on Sunday, falling to 9-14 in career finals.
• Berdych’s best string of results this year came in the opening few months of the season when he compiled a career-best 11-match winning streak, which included a ninth career title in Rotterdam (d. Cilic) and a runner-up finish in Dubai (d. No. 10 Tsonga, l. to Federer). He also reached the final in Oeiras in early May (l. to Berlocq after winning 1st set 6-0).
• Berdych compiled a 15-4 record at the Grand Slams this year, advancing to the SF at the Australian Open for the first time (d. No. 3 Ferrer, l. to eventual champ Wawrinka) and reaching the QF at both Roland Garros (l. to Gulbis) and the US Open (l. to eventual champion Cilic).
• At ATP Masters 1000 level, Berdych’s best performance came in Miami where he reached the SF (withdrew vs. Nadal due to gastroenteritis).
• Berdych, No. 7 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, is on course to finish in Top 10 for 5th year in a row.
SHANGHAI ROLEX MASTERS 2014
SIMON UPSETS BERDYCH FOR SHANGHAI SF SPOT
by ATP Staff | 10.10.2014
Gilles Simon advanced to his ATP World Tour Masters 1000 semi-final in almost two years on Friday at the Shanghai Rolex Masters.
Simon knocked out sixth seed Tomas Berdych 7-6(4), 4-6, 6-0 in just under two-and-a-half hours. He will next meet Mikhail Youzhny or Feliciano Lopez.
Simon contested his only ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final in 2008 at the Mutua Madrid Open, when it was an indoor hard-court event.
This week, he defeated Stan Wawrinka 5-7, 7-5, 6-4 in the Shanghai second round.
Berdych is currently No. 7 in the Emirates ATP Race To London, with five singles spots left up for grabs at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, to be held at The O2 in London from 9-16 November.
Berdych is scheduled to compete at next week’s If Stockholm Open.