|Posted on November 26, 2010 at 1:35 PM|
Tomas Berdych *Those Blue Eyes Kill*
"This season has been the best I ever played and I did a good job again today. I won a tough match (def. Roddick) and now I'm looking forward to the next one" "Playing Rafa, it’s always great experience ... Even if you play on clay, grass, indoor, outdoor, whatever."
Order of Play - Friday, November 26, 2010
CENTRE COURT start 12:15 pm
 D Nestor (CAN) / N Zimonjic (SRB) vs  L Kubot (POL) / O Marach (AUT)
Not Before 2:00 PM
 Rafael Nadal (ESP) vs  Tomas Berdych (CZE)
Match Starts at 6:15 PM
 M Bhupathi (IND) / M Mirnyi (BLR) vs  W Moodie (RSA) / D Norman (BEL)
Not Before 8:00 PM
 Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs  Andy Roddick (USA)
Rafael Nadal shakes hands with Tomas Berdych after winning his men's singles match against during the ATP World Tour Finals at O2 Arena on Friday, November 26, 2010 in London, England. Nadal won the match 7-6(3), 6-1.
A dodgy umpiring decision was like a red rag to a bull as the Spaniard lost his temper against Tomas Berdych. Nadal went crazy after a Hawkeye line call ...
Nadal blitzed Tomas Berdych 7-6 (7-3) 6-1 at the O2 to set up a semi-final showdown with the British No 1 Andy Murray.
The win, in a repeat of this year's Wimbledon final, saw the Spaniard progress from Group A with a 100 per cent record.
Nadal said: "It was a very important victory because every day I'm playing a little better and today I played a great match."
It might have been so different for Berdych, who had Nadal on the ropes in the first set.
The Czech star was gifted two set points when, at 15-30 on the Nadal serve, his backhand appeared to land long.
It was called in but just as Nadal raised a finger to challenge, the umpire stepped in to overrule it as out.
Berdych then contested that call — and won the point with TV replays showing the ball fractionally in.
That sent Nadal wild and the Spain superstar blasted his way back into it, levelled at 6-6 and breezed through the tie-break.
From then on there was only ever going to be one winner and the World No1 champ blew his opponent away in the second.
Berdych stirred the pot when he accused the umpire of being "scared" of Nadal.
"It just shows how the referee is probably scared of him and just let him talk with him too long," Berdych, who lost to Nadal in the Wimbledon final, told reporters.
"I was waiting while he was talking for like three minutes. He was like sitting there and he's not going to play.
It's not the mistake of Rafa. It's the mistake of the referee. He just needed to show him that it's not like he can do whatever he wants on the court."
Here is a rare display of temper from Rafael Nadal...
Tomas is so smart and nice and... everything
Tomas Berdych says his opinion of Rafael Nadal is unchanged as the finest sportsman in tennis.
The Wimbledon finalist said he voted for Nadal in ATP world tour's Stefan Edberg sportsmanship award after narrowing the choice to Nadal and Roger Federer.
The Czech said he opted for Nadal because he had taken offence at Federer's post-match remarks after Berdych had defeated him at Wimbledon.
World No.6 Berdych refused to condemn Nadal after a mid-match bust up, but he accused officials of being weak.
"It just show how the referee is probably scared of him and just let him talk with him too long," Berdych said.
The controversy erupted in the 12th game when a Berdych backhand appeared to land long and Nadal put his finger in the air to challenge as the umpire decided to over-rule his linesman and call the shot out.
Berdych challenged and the replay showed the ball to be just in. The umpire then awarded the point to the Czech, to the anger of Nadal.
Nadal then steamed his way out of trouble, into the tiebreak and on to win.
Czech Republic's Tomas Berdych returns the ball to Spain's Rafael Nadal in their singles match at the ATP World Tour Finals in London November 26, 2010.