|Posted on July 16, 2011 at 1:00 PM|
Soderling and Berdych set for last-four showdown
World No. 5 Soderling, the 2009 champion, dominated with his fierce serve and proved far too strong behind the baseline for eighth seed Starace, recording his 20th win in Bastad to remain on course to make up for the heartache of losing in last year's final. Berdych blocks his path to the showpiece, the two-time runner-up blasting through the challenge of Slovenia's Blaz Kavcic 6-1 6-4 to cruise into the last four. Victory was the third seed's 34th of the season, though he will be aware he has suffered semi-final exits at no fewer than four tournaments during the current campaign.
H2H Tomas Berdych vs Robin Soderling
The top four seeds are in the semi-finals at the SkiStar Swedish Open on Saturday. In the opening match on Centre Court, top seed and World No. 5 Robin Soderling brings a 6-3 career mark (2-1 on clay) against No. 3 Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic. Soderling won their previous meeting in five sets in the semi-finals at Roland Garros last year. The top Swede, who won the title here two years ago and was runner-up last year, owns a 20-8 career mark in Bastad. Soderling, a three-time winner on the ATP World Tour this year, is making his fourth semi-final showing this season. Berdych, who was runner-up in Bastad in 2005 and ’08, is appearing in his fifth semi-final of the season. He is looking to reach his first final since Wimbledon last year (l. to Nadal).
Order of Play – Saturday, July 16, 2011
CENTRE COURT – Matches Start At 1:00 am
Robin SODERLING (SWE) vs Tomas BERDYCH (CZE)
Nicolas ALMAGRO (ESP) vs David FERRER (ESP)
Robert LINDSTEDT (SWE)/Horia TECAU (ROU) vs Franco FERREIRO (BRA)/AndreSA (BRA)
As of Saturday, July 16, 2011 ahead his SF match against Soderling
SF: Chennai (l Wawrinka); Dubai (l Djokovic); Nice (l Almagro); Halle (l Petzschner); QF: Australian Open (l Djokovic); Rotterdam (W/O vs Tsonga); Marseille (l Cilic); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami (l Nadal); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid (l Bellucci); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Rome (l Gasquet)
YTD W-L: 34-14 (9-5 on clay)
YTD Titles: 0/Career Titles: 5
Date of Birth: September 17, 1985
South African Airways 2011 ATP Ranking: 8
* Berdych, 25, the top player from Czech Republic, is appearing in his third semi-final in four appearances (9-3 mark) …All three of his losses came to Spanairds…He reached the final in 2005 (l. to Nadal) and ’08 (l. to Robredo)…He lost in the first round in ’06 (l. to Almagro)
* He and Ferrer are the only players this week yet to lose serve, holding all 17 service games…Also No. 2 in return games won (44%, 7 of 16)
* He enters with a 34-14 match record (9-5 on clay) and he’s appearing in his fifth semi-final of the season…His last final came at Wimbledon last year (l. to Nadal) and his last ATP World Tour title came in Munich in May 2009 (d. Youzhny)
* Has a 5-6 career record in ATP World Tour level finals (2-2 on clay).
um... embarassing... poor Tomas *hug*
SODERLING BLASTS PAST BERDYCH INTO FINAL
by ATP Staff |16.07.2011
World No. 5 and home favourite Robin Soderling made clear his intention to win back his 2009 SkiStar Swedish Open title as he dealt a crushing 6-1, 6-0 defeat to No. 8 Tomas Berdych in Saturday’s semi-finals in Bastad.
In the 70-minute rout, the top-seeded Soderling converted five of his 11 break point opportunities and saved the four break points he faced to improve to a 7-3 record over 2010 Wimbledon runner-up Berdych. The 25-year-old Berdych was looking to reach the final in Bastad for the third time after runner-up efforts in 2005 (l. to Nadal) and 2008 (l. to Robredo).
it was a sunny day, unfortunately not for Tomas
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