|Posted on October 31, 2014 at 2:15 PM|
TOMAS BERDYCH Fast Facts
• Berdych converted on four of his six BP opportunities to see off Feliciano Lopez 7-5, 6-3 in the 3R. The Czech edged French wild card Adrian Mannarino 6-4, 6-7(3), 6-2 in his opening match.
• Berdych has now reached the QF or better six times at the BNP Paribas Masters, winning the title on his debut in 2005 (d. Ljubicic). It remains the only ATP Masters 1000 title he has won.
• Berdych can guarantee qualification to the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals with a win today. He is aiming to qualify for a fifth straight year. His best showing at the season finale was a SF appearance in 2011 (l. to Tsonga).
• Berdych suffered a 1R defeat to Pablo Andujar in Valencia last week.
• Berdych won his 10th career title two weeks ago in Stockholm, where he beat three qualifiers in a row before overcoming Grigor Dimitrov in the final. It marked the first time he’s won the same tournament twice and just the second time he’s won multiple titles in a single season (also 2012).
• Five of Berdych’s 10 career titles have come indoors.
• 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 in March where he reached the SF (withdrew vs. Nadal due to gastroenteritis).
• Berdych is set to finish a season in the Top 10 for the fifth year in a row.
BNP PARIBAS MASTERS 2014
Berdych Qualifies For London After Reaching Paris SFs
by ATP Staff | 31.10.2014
Tomas Berdych qualified for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals for a fifth straight year on Friday after he reached the BNP Paribas Masters semi-finals.
Fifth seed and 2005 Paris titlist Berdych advanced to his eighth tour-level semi-final of 2014 with a 6-7(4), 6-4, 6-4 victory over No. 12 seed Kevin Anderson, who finishes the season with a 38-24 match record. He will meet second seed and 2011 champion Roger Federer or seventh seed Milos Raonic on Saturday.
The 29-year-old Berdych, who reached the semi-finals at the season finale in 2011 (l. to Tsonga), has compiled a 54-19 record in 2014. The Czech is a two-time titlist this year at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam (d. Cilic) and the If Stockholm Open (d. Dimitrov). He was also a runner-up at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships (l. to Federer), the Portugal Open in Oeiras (l. to Berlocq) and the China Open in Beijing (l. to Djokovic). Berdych also reached the semi-finals at the Australian Open (l. to Wawrinka).
Tomas Berdych in action against Kevin Anderson of South Africa in their quarterfinal match during day 5 of the BNP Paribas Masters held at the at Palais Omnisports de Bercy on October 31, 2014 in Paris, France. Berdych won 6-7(4), 6-4, 6-4..
TOMAS BERDYCH: "I'm so happy and feel lucky to have made it through so now it's another semi-final and it's been a great tournament for me so far. I hope I can keep it going and keep playing good tennis.”
Berdych reaches Paris semis, London finale
Friday, October 31, 2014
PARIS: Tomas Berdych guaranteed his place at the season-ending World Tour finals for the fifth straight year on Friday as he defeated South African Kevin Anderson to reach the semifinals of the Paris Masters.
The Czech No. 1, who won the Bercy tournament on his debut in 2005, his only Masters win to date, came through a tight contest 6-7, (4/7), 6-4, 6-4 in just under three hours.
He will now play either world No.2 Roger Federer or Canadian Milos Raonic for a place in Sunday’s final.
It was the 12th victory for Berdych over Anderson in 12 meetings.
“We’ve had some very close matches and some five-setters but I think the statistics do not tell the real story,” he said.
“It’s always tough against Kevin and today we played nearly three hours but I think it was a great match.
“I’m so happy and feel lucky to have made it through so now it’s another semifinal and it’s been a great tournament for me so far,” added the Czech who had a 15 and 4 record in Slams this season, getting to the Australian Open semifinals as well as the last eight at the French and US Opens.
“I hope I can keep it going and keep playing good tennis,” he added.
Berdych, who also reached the semifinals of the Miami Masters where he withdrew with a stomach bug before facing Rafael Nadal, is chasing an 11th ATP title and third this year after victories at Rotterdam and Stockholm.