|Posted on November 12, 2014 at 2:00 PM|
TOMAS BERDYCH FastFacts:
• Berdych fell to 0-5 in his opening round robin matches at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, losing 1-6, 1-6 to Wawrinka in 59 minutes on Monday.
• Berdych has a 4-0 record in his second round robin matches at this event.
• Berdych is making his fifth consecutive appearance at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals (5-9 record). His best showing here was a SF appearance in 2011 (l. to Djokovic in opener, then beat Tipsarevic, Ferrer in RR play), losing to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the final four.
• Lendl is the only other Czech player to qualify at least five times. He made 12 appearances.
• Berdych is set to finish a season in the Top 10 of the Emirates ATP Rankings for the fifth consecutive year. His season was highlighted by reaching a career-best five finals, winning two ATP World Tour titles, which both came indoors in Rotterdam and Stockholm.
• Berdych is 9-16 in tie-breaks this year, the worst record in the Top 10.
• Berdych arrives in London off the back of a SF run at the ATP Masters 1000 Paris (l. to Raonic). It was his second SF appearance at ATP Masters 1000 level this year, having also reached the final four in Miami in March (withdrew vs. Nadal due to gastroenteritis).
• 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).
• Berdych won his 10th career title last month in Stockholm, where he beat three qualifiers in a row before overcoming Grigor Dimitrov in the final. It marked the first time he has won the same tournament twice and just the second time he has won multiple titles in a single season (also 2012).
• Five of Berdych’s 10 career titles have now come indoors.
• Berdych also reached finals this year in Oeiras in early May (l. to Berlocq after winning the first set 6-0) and Beijing at the beginning of October (l. to Djokovic).
• 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 champion Wawrinka) and reaching the QF at both Roland Garros (l. to Gulbis) and the US Open (l. to eventual champion Cilic).
• Berdych’s highest-ranked win of the year came over world No. 3 Ferrer in the Australian Open QF.
BARCLAYS ATP WORLD TOUR FINALS 2014
Berdych Beats Cilic, Plays Djokovic Friday
by ATP Staff | 12.11.2014
Tomas Berdych will play World No. 1 Novak Djokovic on Friday in a bid to qualify for the semi-finals at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. He has a 2-16 record against the two-time defending champion, including a 6-0, 6-2 loss in last month's China Open final.
Sixth seed Berdych improved his chances of reaching the last four, for the second time, on his fifth appearance at The O2 in London when he defeated this year’s US Open champion Marin Cilic, the eighth seed, 6-3, 6-1 in 75 minutes on Wednesday afternoon. Berdych extended his perfect 5-0 record in his second round robin matches at the event.
"I felt much better on the court," said Berdych. "But still it was not one of my best. That's fair to say. But I think that's the beauty of this event. One day you can be swept out from the court like I did and in two days' time you can come up and you can play a different tennis.
"There were no miracles in that time in between the matches. But I had a good practise session yesterday, good rest, refocused again, and went for another match. More importantly, stay confident with self belief, really just keep on going, keep on pushing. You have to work hard for it."
Cilic recovered from 0/40 in the opening game, which lasted 12 points, but could not deny Berdych. The Croatian then saved two break points at 15/40, 2-4, prior to coming close to drawing level. Berdych, ultimately, stepped into the court and played with greater aggression to break Cilic’s serve for a second time to clinch the 43-minute opener.
Cilic continued to press, but groundstrokes errors cost him. Berdych broke twice in the fourth and sixth games of the second set en route to his 55th match win of the year. Berdych saved two break points when serving for the match at 5-1. The Czech broke a two-match losing streak against Cilic in their fourth meeting of the season.
Cilic, who has lifted four trophies this year, drops to a 54-20 match record this season. He lost to Djokovic in his opening match on Monday.
"It seems that the things that I'm doing that are all basically going in a wrong direction," said Cilic. "Especially with these guys at this kind of level, even small mistakes, or if you're not at your best performances, the outcome is not going to be going in your favor. It's unfortunate. I was looking forward to play here, to do well, to play good matches on a high level. It's tough to handle."