|Posted on February 24, 2011 at 11:32 AM|
Order of Play - Thursday, February 24, 2011
CENTRE COURT - Starting At: 2:00 pm
Philipp PETZSCHNER (GER) vs Tomas BERDYCH (CZE)
Florian MAYER (GER) vs Novak DJOKOVIC (SRB)
Not Before 7:00 PM
Roger FEDERER (SUI) vs Sergiy STAKHOVSKY (UKR)
Gilles SIMON (FRA) vs Richard GASQUET (FRA)
H2H Tomas Berdych / Philipp Petzschner
Thursday Briefing: Dubai
by Greg Sharko | 24.02.2011
The top seeded trio of Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Tomas Berdych headline the quarter-finals on Thursday at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships. Federer is a four-time winner here and Djokovic is the two-time reigning champion.
In the first match on Centre Court, unseeded German Philipp Petzschner looks to even his mark (1-2) against Berdych. Petzschner won the last meeting on clay in the quarter-finals in Munich last May. Berdych took both hard court encounters in three sets in 2009. Petzschner is appearing in his first ATP World Tour quarter-final of the season while Berdych is making his fifth quarter-final showing (or better) in as many tournaments.
Philipp Petzschner (GER) vs (3) Tomas Berdych (CZE) Berdych Leads 2-1
2009 Washington (USA) Hard R16 Tomas Berdych 4-6 6-3 6-3
2009 ATP Masters 1000 Cincinnati Hard R32 Tomas Berdych 7-6 6-7 6-4
2010 Munich (Germany) Clay QF Philipp Petzschner 1-6 6-3 6-4
YTD W-L: 5-6
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 1
Date of Birth: March 24, 1984
South African Airways 2011 ATP Ranking: 73
- Petzschner, 26, is appearing in his first ATP World Tour quarter-final of the season after posting back-to-back three set wins over Andreas Seppi 36 76(2) 62 and countryman Philipp Kohlschreiber 60 46 62
- He is the lowest-ranked player remaining at No. 73 (and only player left outside the Top 50)
- He enters with a 5-6 match record on the season and prior to this week his best result was the second round in Auckland (l. to Nalbandian), Zagreb (l. to Bogomolov) and Marseille (l. to Cilic)
- Has a 2-9 career mark vs. Top 10 opponents, posting wins over No. 10 Stanislas Wawrinka in first round of Basel in 2008 and No. 8 Fernando Verdasco in first round of Halle in 2009
SF: Chennai (l Wawrinka); QF: Australian Open (l Djokovic); Rotterdam (W/O vs Tsonga); Marseille (l Cilic)
YTD W-L: 12-3
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 5
Date of Birth: September 17, 1985
South African Airways 2011 ATP Ranking: 7
- Berdych, 25, is appearing in his first quarter-final in Dubai (6-4 mark) after four straight second round finishes from 2005-08 - Has not dropped a set this week in wins over Jeremy Chardy 62 63 and Nikolay Davydenko 63 76(5)
- The top player from the Czech Republic has a 12-3 mark this season and a quarter-finalist or better in all five of his tournaments
- He opened the year with a semi-final in Chennai (l. to Wawrinka) and followed with quarter-final efforts at the Australian Open (l. to Djokovic), Rotterdam (W/O vs. Tsonga) and Marseille last week (l. to Cilic)
Berdych One Win Away From 12th Final
Tomas Berdych has not dropped a set en route to the semi-finals.
by ATP Staff | 24.02.2011
World No. 7 Tomas Berdych is one win away from reaching his 12th tour-level final after he defeated Philipp Petzschner 7-5, 6-4 in one hour and 48 minutes at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.
Third seed Berdych, who has yet to drop a set in three matches this week, saved six of eight break points and withstood 11 aces from Petzschner's racquet to improve to a 13-3 match record on the season.
"These kind of matches are more mentally tough than physically," said Berdych. "Today it wasn't really about the nice game, great shots, and especially good rhythm and like feeling great on court. But if you can win the match let's say like today, when you need to fight really from first point until the last one and you don't feel that good on court, then the victory is even more special for me."
Berdych beats Petzschner... into Dubai semifinals
Berdych Charges Into Dubai Semi-Finals
by Press Release | 24.02.2011
Petzschner falls short despite valiant effort
Tomas Berdych was the first player to reach the semi-finals of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships on Thursday when he overcame Philipp Petzschner 7-5 6-4.
All three of their previous matches had gone to three sets, and Petzschner had won their last meeting, in Munich last year. But that was on clay, and Berdych had come on top in their previous two matches on hard court.
But he had to fight hard for his victory, with the first set stretching to over an hour and the entire match taking a challenging one hour 47 minutes.
Both players dropped their opening service games to love and four of the first five games went against serve. Petzschner then fought off four set points at 5-4 with some ferocious serving, and he then held three break points of his own at 5-5 to serve for the set.
But it was the number three seed's turn to stave off the threat, eventually holding with an ace and then breaking in the next game on his seventh set point when his return forced a backhand error.
After Berdych beat off two break points in the opening game of the second set both players held serve with ease, until another Berdych return forced Petzschner to net a volley to set up match point. Petzschner then netted a forehand on the next point.
"He just go for the shots, and he seems to me like that he doesn't not much care in this situation like what to play, you know, some strategy or something," said Berdych of his trouble in closing out the first set. "You know, he just went there and he just go, you know, bang, something's going to happen.
"If he makes the winner, of course, yeah, he makes the winner, and what you can do with that" So I'm happy that I took, even though it was the seventh set point. But it was, and it happens. We don't have to be on court anymore now and I can go rest!".
The Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, owned and organised by Dubai Duty Free and held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, continues until February 26th with players including Australian Open and reigning Dubai champion Novak Djokovic and four-time Dubai winner Roger Federer.