|Posted on September 17, 2010 at 4:40 PM|
Tomas said in interview: "I'm angry and sad after such a defeat."
*Don't be so hard on yourself. Somebody loves you.*
Janko Tipsarevic took a four-set victory Friday for Serbia and evened the Serbians' Davis Cup semifinal series with the Czech Republic at a match apiece.
Tipsarevic stopped Tomas Berdych 7-5, 6-2, 2-6, 7-6 (7-5) and offset Czech player Radek Stepanek's 6-4, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 win over Viktor Troicki, leaving the best-of-five series tied.
Troicki was called into the lineup to replace world No. 2 Novak Djokovic, who was ill and unable to play Friday.
Sunday's singles schedule currently has Troicki going against Berdych and Tipsarevic meeting Stepanek.
Tipsarevic claimed the first two sets and seemed in control, but Berdych, the world No. 7, came back with a strong third set in which he didn't face a break point. He got an early break in the fourth set before Tipsarevic notched his fifth break of the match and closed things out in the tie-breaker.
Stepanek survived a 20-ace attack from Troicki but managed five breaks spread across the match for the win.
Tomas Berdych in action against Janko Tipsarevic
17 Sep 2010 - Serbia v Czech Republic - Belgrade - Chris Bowers
Match Report - Tipsarevic stopped Tomas Berdych 7-5, 6-2, 2-6, 7-6 (7-5)
In many respects, Tipsarevic did to Berdych what Stepanek had done to Troicki. Using similar tactics to those that saw him beat Andy Roddick at the US Open, the Serb played a great retrieving game, and profited from Berdych missing countless forehands, normally his big weapon.
With Tipsarevic two sets up, the tie was cruising to a 1-1 scoreline, but then in the third set Berdych woke up. His big forehand began working, he broke Tipsarevic in the fourth game, and broke a second time to take the set 62. When Berdych broke to lead 3-1 in the fourth, Tipsarevic looked on the rocks, especially as he seemed unable to keep the ball away from the big Czech forehand. But a couple of inspired points in the fifth game saw him break straight back, and Berdych was lucky to escape from a break point at 5-5.
Eventually the set went into the tiebreak as the noise level reached its peak for the day. Tipsarevic opened up a 5-2 lead but Berdych pegged him back. Tipsarevic had his first match point on his own serve at 6-4, but missed his chance on indecision after delivering a great serve. But he forced Berdych into a forehand error on his second match point, as the Belgrade Arena went wild.
“It feels great to have a top ten victory at home with 15,000 people, it’s an unbelievable feeling,” said Tipsarevic of his 75 62 26 76(5) victory. “I can say this is one of my best Davis Cup matches. I beat Roddick in a night session at the US Open, but this one meant so much because we were down 0-1, and beating such a great player as Tomas in front of our home crowd means so much to me.”
Berdych rejected suggestions that he had lost because of a relative lack of matches since Wimbledon. “It’s the other way,” he said, “I’ve had a lot of tennis, I’m going nearly two seasons in a row. It’s cost me more and more energy with each match. Yes, Janko played well, but I gave him a lot of chances, so many mistakes from my side - it’s my fault, I just need to be better on the next day.”
Berdych is expected to team up with Stepanek in the doubles against Nenad Zimonjic partnering one of Djokovic, Troicki or Tipsarevic.
It appears from Tomas interview that something is bothering him concerning the behavior of the Serbs...
but Tomas won't talk about it... maybe we will know later.