|Posted on March 31, 2011 at 5:32 PM|
Tomas upset Florian Mayer in a thriller, winning 6-3 2-6 7-6 (7-4) in 2 hours and 24 minutes Tuesday. He reached the QFs where he will now face the world No 1 Rafael Nadal.
- Difficult match always, Nadal said of playing Berdych. "We know each other. We played a lot of times, and I know [if I] play my best tennis I'm going to have chances against him. He can play very, very good, and I have to play very solid all the time with my serve and wait a chance on the return."
Order of Play - Thursday, March 31, 2011
STADIUM - Starting At: 1:00 pm
Andrea PETKOVIC (GER) vs Maria SHARAPOVA (RUS)
Not Before 3:00 PM
Roger FEDERER (SUI) vs Gilles SIMON (FRA)
Not Before 7:00 PM
Rafael NADAL (ESP) vs Tomas BERDYCH (CZE)
Not Before 9:00 PM
Vera ZVONAREVA (RUS) vs Victoria AZARENKA (BLR)
ATP NEWS - Daily Briefing
by Greg Sharko | 30.03.2011
At night, World No. 1 Rafael Nadal faces No. 7 seed Tomas Berdych.
Nadal has rolled to the quarter-finals or better here for the fifth straight year. In his last tournament since the Australian Open, Nadal reached the final at Indian Wells, falling to Djokovic in three sets. He's cruised through to the quarter-finals here without dropping his serve (27 games held), putting on his best performance in the last round with a 61 62 drubbing of No. 21 seed Alexandr Dolgopolov. This is the sixth time in eight career appearances here Nadal has reached the quarter-finals - he is 24-7 lifetime here. His best results were runner-up finishes in 2005 (to Federer) and 2008 (to Nikolay Davydenko).
Berdych has been very strong this year though, this being his sixth quarter-final in seven ATP World Tour events, and Miami has been good to him, as his 16-6 career record here includes one semi-final  and one final (last year - he beat then-No. 1 Federer en route to the title match, where he lost to Andy Roddick).
HEAD TO HEAD
Nadal has won eight matches in a row against Berdych (leads 9-3 overall), including 19 straight sets. Only four of those sets going to tie-breaks. Berdych won three of their first four meetings.
(1)Rafael Nadal (ESP) vs (7) Tomas Berdych (CZE) Nadal Leads 9-3
2005 Bastad (Sweden) Clay F Rafael Nadal 2-6 6-2 6-4
2005 ATP Masters Series Cincinnati Hard R64 Tomas Berdych 6-7(4) 6-2 7-6(3)
2006 ATP Masters Series Toronto Hard R16 Tomas Berdych 6-1 3-6 6-2
2006 ATP Masters Series Madrid (Spain) Hard QF Tomas Berdych 6-3 7-6(6)
2007 ATP Masters Series Monte Carlo Clay SF Rafael Nadal 6-0 7-5
2007 Wimbledon (Great Britain) Grass QF Rafael Nadal 7-6(1) 6-4 6-2
2008 Sony Ericsson Open - Miami Hard SF Rafael Nadal 7-6(6) 6-2
2009 ATP Masters 1000 Cincinnati Hard QF Rafael Nadal 6-4 7-5
2009 ESP vs. CZE DC Final (Spain) Clay RR Rafael Nadal 7-5 6-0 6-2
2010 ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells Hard QF Rafael Nadal 6-4 7-6(4)
2010 Wimbledon (Great Britain) Grass F Rafael Nadal 6-3 7-5 6-4
2010 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals Hard RR Rafael Nadal 7-6(3) 6-1
- The 25-year-old last year became the first Czech-born player to reach the final here since Ivan Lendl captured the title in 1989 (also won in 1986)
- Last season he was runner-up to Andy Roddick after defeating No. 1 Federer in the fourth round (saving one match point) - His previous best result was the semi-finals in 2008 (l. to No. 2 Nadal 76(6) 62) - He has a 16-6 career mark
- En route to the quarter-finals, has defeated Spaniard Ruben Ramirez-Hidalgo 61 67(4) 60, Argentine Carlos Berlocq 76 75 and German Florian Mayer 63 26 76(4)
SF: Chennai (l Wawrinka); Dubai (l Djokovic); QF: Australian Open (l Djokovic); Rotterdam (W/O vs Tsonga); Marseille (l Cilic)
2011 in Review:
- The top player from the Czech Republic is appearing in the quarter-finals or better for the sixth time in seven tournaments this season and has a 19-6 match record
- 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 in February (l. to Cilic) - Also a semi-finalist in Dubai (l. to Djokovic)
- Played in first round Davis Cup tie vs. Kazahkstan and beat Kukushkin in second rubber and lost to Golubev in four sets in fourth rubber
- Has a 1-2 mark vs. Top 10 opponents this year (21-53 in his career)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 History
- Has a 77-53 career match record and his best result was the title in Paris in 2005 (d. No. 10 Ljubicic in five sets) - Also runner-up here last year (l. to Roddck) and semi-finalist three other times: 2006 Madrid, 2007 Monte-Carlo and 2008 Miami
Tomas Ready To Fight!
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Tomas lost his quarterfinal match Thursday night,
... at least he wins a set against Nadal in Miami
MATCH REPORT - Eurosport
Welcome back for the second of today's quarter-finals! World number one Rafael Nadal is up against Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic, battling for a place in the semis against old foe and world number three Roger Federer!
Nadal and Berdych have met 12 times before on the ATP tour, and Nadal has won nine of those encounters! He's also won everysingle on of the last eight matches, which will tell you how big a mountain Berdych has to climb today
Nadal using some early mindgames here early on - refusing to start the match immediately and taking his time knocking in some practise serves! These two have plenty of history, by the way, after a particularly fiery encounter in 2006...
NADAL 1-0 - BREAK! What a start for Nadal! He storms to 40-15 after getting the better of some heavy rallies at the baseline, before Berdych pulls a point back with a nice forehand down the line. The Spaniard trumps Berdych on the next rally, however, to pick up the opening break surprisingly comfortably!
NADAL 2-0 - Nadal batters his way to 30-0 with some more energetic points from the baseline, but Berdych battles back for 30-30. Nadal changes things up on the next point - taking the ball high and early to drop it crosscourt and move to game point - and he wraps up a two-game lead with another sumptuous approach and drop. Brilliant, imaginative tennis from the Spaniard!
NADAL 3-0 - BREAK! Nadal looks far too sharp for Berdych here. Berydch fails to bat back a dipping, fizzing forehand from Nadal and brings up two more break points at 15-40. The Czech picks the perfect moment to fire a massive ace past Nadal to save the first, but the Spaniard pings another dipping forehand right onto the left sideline to convert the second!
NADAL 4-0 - Berdych finds the court with a bit more consistency as he reaches 30-0 on the Spaniard's serve with some more accurate hitting from the baseline, but a couple of wayward shots under pressure and Nadal is right back level. Nadal then breaks another baseline rally with a wonderful, swerving forehand down the line to go 40-30 up, and comes in to the net on game point to wrap up the hold of serve
NADAL 4-1 - Berdych moves up to 30-0 for the second straight game, but Nadal claws a point back with some unbelievable defence at the back of the court - contemptuously swatting a Berdych smash back crosscourt and plumb onto the right sideline. Berdych finds the sweet spot on the next groundstroke to bring up two game points, though, and he finally holds serve with an ace from 40-15. Better from the Czech, but it might just be too late to get anything out of this set
NADAL 5-1 - A 123mph serve helps Nadal up to 15-0, but Berdych counters with a brilliant forehand winner into the right baseline corner. Nadal edges ahead with the next point, but Berdych comes back again with a stunning volley into the opposite corner. Nadal serve-volleys his way to 40-30, but his first double fault of the match lets Berdych up to deuce. The Spaniard regroups from deuce, and batters his way through the next two points to hold, but it's getting less comfortable for him!
NADAL 5-2 - Berdych has definitely grown into this match, and he does what he has to - holding serve comfortably to 15 and forcing Nadal to serve for the set. The Czech wraps up the game with a booming 135mph ace down the middle, after a much more composed display behind his serve
NADAL 6-2 - SET! Nadal edges up to 30-15, but Berdych charges into the net on the next point and dinks a lovely volley into the right baseline corner to draw level. The Czech can't repeat the trick, however, and knocks his next volley long to bring up set point. Nadal picks the perfect time to land a booming ace, and wraps up the first set in 40 minutes! Berdych finally showed signs of life towards the end of the first set - can he put up more of a fight in the second?
NADAL 6-2 0-1 - Berdych faces two break points - he saves the first as Nadal can only return his serve into the net and on the second he advances to the net and forces Nadal to hit one long! Both saved! And credit to Berdych as he aces to seal the game - he fought back well there.
NADAL 6-2 0-2 - BREAK! Nadal drops to 0-30 as Berdych makes it six points out of the last six won. The world number one takes the next point but goes long on the next to hand Berdych two break points! An ace saves the first but there's nothing he can do on the second as the Czech player attacks the ball and hammers a forehand winner!
NADAL 6-2 0-3 - Nadal's form has suddenly dropped off and he's making far too many unforced errors at the moment. Berdych cruises to this third game of the second set and Rafa looks a little perturbed.
NADAL 6-2 1-3 - Ah, here's why Rafa's not playing at his best - the trainer comes on at the changeover and takes a look at the Spaniard's shoulder. He decides against an injury time-out and runs on court for game four of the second set in customary style. He manages to hold serve and claim his first game of the set.
NADAL 6-2 1-4 - A stunning forehand from Rafa beats Berdych all ends up and signals his return to form! But a powerful serve from Berdych on the next point brings the Czech game point but Rafa levels at deuce. Not to worry though as two aces hand Berdych the game and open up that three-game lead once again.
NADAL 6-2 2-4 - Rafa has his trainer on once again at the changeover - it could be a problem with his neck, not his shoulder. Whatever the trainer does seems to do the job as Rafa races to a 40-0 lead thanks to a sensational passing shot across the court when Berdych seemed to have done enough to wrap the point up! He goes on to claim the game and this next one is a big one for Berdych now.
NADAL 6-2 2-5 - Berdych holds his nerve brilliantly, holding his serve to love to move within a game of the second set.
NADAL 6-2 3-5 - Nadal hits one wide to allow Berdych to come back to 30-30 and then another loose shot under no pressure gifts the Czech a break point - and set point. Saved, but clearly Nadal isn't on his best form at the moment. The way he has dropped off in intensity since the first set is marked. That said, he saves another set point before finally holding serve. Berdych will now serve for the second set.
NADAL 6-2 3-6 - SET! Berdych wraps up the set with a love service game and he now has a real chance of booking a place in the semi-finals! That's the first set he has managed to take off Nadal since October 2006.
NADAL 6-2 3-6 1-0 - What a game! Nadal has to dip deep to get himself out of trouble at 0-40! He saves all three break points with three aces and goes on to hold! That could well change the momentum in this match!
NADAL 6-2 3-6 1-1 - Berdych proves he aims to match Nadal all the way as the Czech seals another service game. We could be set for a classic encounter here... it's already got the makings of one!
NADAL 6-2 3-6 2-1 - A wonderfully disguised backhand that wrongfoots Nadal keeps the Czech in the game at 30-40 but a wayward forehand return on the next point sees Nadal hold and edge ahead again.
NADAL 6-2 3-6 2-2 - Nadal clips the net and the ball bounces just out at the baseline. But a few members of the crowd urge him to challenge - he does, but it's a poor decision and the call stands. Berdych seals the game with a forehand down the line to level things up.
NADAL 6-2 3-6 3-2 - Nadal is again tempted to challenge a call at the baseline... he has a word with the umpire but opts not to challenge. Had he done so, the call would have been overturned. Berdych nearly takes advantage - only a shot into the net at 30-40 hands Nadal the game. This one's warming up nicely!
NADAL 6-2 3-6 3-3 - Berdych can't seem to get away from Nadal in this game and a nervy second serve brings to score to deuce but finally - thanks to an unforced error by Nadal - he claims the game and draws level again.
NADAL 6-2 3-6 4-3 - Of the two players, Nadal seems to be the more confident at the moment. He serves out to love, sealing the game with an ace, to edge ahead once more.
NADAL 6-2 3-6 5-3 - BREAK! Nadal senses the kill as he forages ahead at 30-15 and a weak return from Berdych on the next point brings up two break points! Berdych has no luck at all as he hits the top of the net and the ball bounces back into his side of the court. The Czech isn't happy at the changeover - probably more with himself than anything else - and he has a bit of a rant at the umpire. It doesn't change anything and Nadal will now serve for the match.
NADAL 6-2 3-6 6-3 - GAME, SET & MATCH! There it is! And Nadal celebrates hard! He ends up claiming the final game to love and the world number one will now meet Roger Federer in the semi-final!