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Federer, Berdych Set For Qf Showdown
by ATP Staff | 12.08.2010
Roger Federer earned the opportunity to avenge two defeats to Tomas Berdych this year when he moved into the Rogers Cup quarter-finals with a 7-6(2), 6-3 win over chip-and-charging Frenchman Michael Llodra on Thursday in Toronto.
The five-time ATP World Tour Champion fell behind 1-4, 30/30 in the first set as he struggled to adjust to the net-rushing tactics of Llodra. But Federer won 12 of the last 17 games to advance.
“It is fun playing that kind of a style once in a while,” said the World No. 3. “I kind of miss it, obviously. Having come through the rankings back in '98, '99, 2000, I was facing many of those kind of players, especially on the faster courts indoors.”
Federer, the 2004 and 2006 Toronto champion, fell in the Rogers Cup quarter-finals last year to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga after leading 5-1 in the third set. The Swiss is attempting to snap a six-month title drought dating back to his 16th Grand Slam triumph at the Australian Open in January. Also a winner of 16 career ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles, Federer's last title at this level came almost one year ago in Cincinnati.
Seventh seed Berdych worked harder than expected to beat Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-3, 6-7(5), 6-4. The Czech served 11 aces and saved all five break points he faced.
“I definitely have to go back, and think what didn't go so well against him and what did work well,” said Federer, who lost to Berdych at Miami and Wimbledon. “He's definitely on the run right now, so hope to stop him a bit. He played great in Paris, at Wimbledon, and also, he beat me in Miami in a tough three setter where I had match point, so that was a bit of a pity, obviously. So I hope to learn from those mistakes and come up with a good game plan tomorrow.”
The 24-year-old Berdych has a 40-13 season match record, already eclipsing last year’s match wins total (36-26). He reached the finals this year at Wimbledon (l. to Nadal) and the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament in Miami (l. to Roddick).
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H2H Tomas Berdych / Roger Federer prior their 2010 QF Toronto
Order of Play - Friday, August 13, 2010
CENTRE COURT Matches Start At: 11:00 am
Daniel NESTOR (CAN)/(Nenad ZIMONJIC (SRB) vs Frantisek CERMAK (CZE)/Michal MERTINAK (SVK)
Not Before 1:00 PM
Andy MURRAY (GBR) vs David NALBANDIAN (ARG)
Not Before 2:30 PM
Rafael NADAL (ESP) vs Philipp KOHLSCHREIBER (GER)
Not Before 7:00 PM
Tomas BERDYCH (CZE) vs Roger FEDERER (SUI)
Jeremy CHARDY (FRA) vs Novak DJOKOVIC (SRB)
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just for fun, anecdoctal...I live in Switzerland and it's Roger Federer
who currently (July/August 2010) announces the meteo/weather sequence on Swiss TV
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Tomas lost to Roger Federer. It was a very entertaining match. Alas, Tomas was not 100% fit (strapped thigh) and in the first set he was struggling with his moving then called the trainer. Roger played... how to say... excellent and luck was on his side tonight. Better to forget that Tomas was up 5-2 in the decisive set and finally it went to a tie-break. It's sad that Tomas won't play SF but at least he'll get some rest before Cincy. Lil reminder: last year Tomas made a 1st round exit at the Rogers Cup in Montreal. QF this year is a very good performance. Bravo Tomas.Well, it's a loss to Federer, we mustn't be traumatized by it!
Tomas *il-est-trop-beau* Berdych smiles during his match against Roger Federer
at the Rogers Cup tennis tournament in Toronto August 13, 2010
Federer Toughs Out Crucial Win
by Paul Macpherson | 13.08.2010
Roger Federer rediscovered his form, confidence and aggression Friday night in Toronto as he avenged consecutive defeats to Tomas Berdych with a 6-3, 5-7, 7-6(5) win over the Czech to reach the Rogers Cup semi-finals. But although it was one of Federer's most important wins of the year, he risked defeat after abadoning his earlier aggression, allowing Berdych to come within two points of victory.
And as well as he played early in the match, Federer still faces a daunting passage to a 17th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title. He will likely play World No. 2 Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals, with the winner to meet either World No. 4 Rafael Nadal or World No. 4 Andy Murray.
Influenced by new coach Paul Annacone, Federer came out swinging, outhitting 2010 Wimbledon finalist Berdych, who fell behind 0/30 in his four service games of the first set. Five-time ATP World Tour Champion Federer was particularly aggressive on his backhand wing, stepping into the court to let rip, regularly attacking the net and serving with a challenging mix of spin, pace and angles. Federer, who won the first 23 points on his first serve, broke for a 4-2 lead and closed out the set confidently, without facing a break point.
Realising that he needed to change the momentum of the match, Berdych matched Federer’s aggression in the second set and earned back-to-back 15/40 opportunities on the Swiss’ serve at 3-2 and 4-3 as the match took on the look and feel of a heavyweight title fight. But Federer was up to the challenge and saved all four break point chances to level at 4-all, and then had two break chances of his own in the ninth game, but they went unconverted.
Federer had another 0/30 opportunity at 5-all but Berdych survived and then, aided by two double faults, broke Federer to steal the second set.
Federer was facing his third straight defeat to Berdych this year when the Wimbledon finalist served for the match at 5-3 in the third set. But Federer finally converted his fourth break point of the game – and seventh of the set – to get back on serve. But in the following game he twice found himself two points from defeat at 15/30 and later deuce. In a rollercoaster tie-break, Federer raced to a 4-0 lead only to see Berdych claw back to 5-all. But the Swiss, who was at his best when he attacked, clipped a trademark inside-out forehand to set up match point and then drew a Berdych forehand error long when he drew the Czech towards the net to track down a short backhand slice.
Please someone take good care of Tomas' thigh
During the match, Tomas called the trainer to work on his left thigh:
He was not feeling comfortable with the strapping.
It was a close match tonight and it went to a third and deciding set.
Better Luck next time Tomas!
Federer beats Berdych to reach Toronto semis
REUTERS | 13 August 2010
A battling Roger Federer was pushed to the limit but eventually beat lanky Czech Tomas Berdych 6-3 5-7 7-6 in a thriller that lasted nearly three hours Friday to reach to the semi-finals of the Toronto Masters.
Having already beaten Federer twice this season, the towering Czech again appeared to have the Swiss' measure when he powered his way to a 5-2 lead in the third set.
But a relentless Federer refused to fold, finally getting the break he needed with Berdych serving for the match at 5-3.
With a breathless center court crowd on its feet, there was more drama to come during a pulsating tiebreak that saw Federer jump ahead 4-0 then hang on to clinch the victory 7-5 when Berdych sent a return into the net.
The quarter-final match marked the third meeting between the two in the past five months, the hard-hitting Czech winning the two previous encounters, including a shock quarter-final upset at Wimbledon.
ATP homepage following QF Toronto 2010
Czech mate Lukas Dlouhy in the audience supporting Tomas from the stands