|Posted on August 11, 2011 at 11:20 AM|
Order of Play – Thursday, August 11, 2011
CENTRAL Matches Start at 12 noon
Tomas BERDYCH (CZE) vs Ivo KARLOVIC (CRO)
Not Before 2:00 pm
Novak DJOKOVIC (SRB) vs Marin CILIC (CRO)
Not Before 5:30 pm
Viktor TROICKI (SRB) vs Gael MONFILS (FRA)
Not Before 7:30 pm
Roger FEDERER (SUI) vs Jo-Wilfried TSONGA (FRA)
H2H Tomas Berdych / Ivo Karlovic
*Ivo Karlovic... his ability to drive down aces on the hard-court surface
makes him a potential nightmare for anyone that he comes up against*
Head to Head
(7) Tomas Berdych (CZE) vs Ivo Karlovic (CRO) Karlovic Leads 2-1
2007 Bangkok (Thailand) Hard QF Tomas Berdych 7-5 6-4
2007 Basel (Switzerland) Hard QF Ivo Karlovic 6-7(5) 7-6(2) 7-6(13)
2008 Rotterdam (The Netherlands) Hard R16 Ivo Karlovic 6-4 6-4
• The 25-year-old Czech Republic is trying to reach his second straight quarter-final and third overall (2006, ‘10)…On Wednesday he rallied to defeat Alexandr Dolgopolov 46 62 63
• This is his seventh appearance at this tournament (8-6 record); best previous results are two QFs, in 2006 (d. Nadal en route; l. to Gasquet) and last year (l. to Federer); 2nd Rd. twice [2005, 2008] and 1st Rd. twice [2007, 2009]
SF: Chennai (l Wawrinka); Dubai (l Djokovic); Nice (l Almagro); Halle (l Petzschner); Bastad (l Soderling); 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)
2011 in Review:
• The top player from the Czech Republic is trying to reach the quarter-finals or better for the 12th time in 16 tournaments this season…Has a 35-15 match record (20-7 on hard)
• His best results are five ATP World Tour semi-finals, the last coming in Bastad (l. to Soderling) in his last tournament nearly one month ago
• 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)
• In March, 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
• At Roland Garros lost in the first round to Stephane Robert (9-7 in fifth set) and at Wimbledon reached the fourth round (l. to Fish)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 History
• Has an 83-57 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 – ’06 Madrid, ’07 Monte-Carlo and ’08 Miami
Tomas Berdych showed great staying power to defeat big serving Ivo Karlovic. Berdych gave his opponent four break point opportunities over the course of the contest but managed to save them all, allowing him to take the opening set with a solitary break of his own before closing out the match with a one-sided tiebreak. Berdych won 6-3 7-6(2) in an hour and 43 minutes.
Tomas takes out a new racket between points during third round of the Rogers CupFrom official website Rogers Cup Montreal
Berdych topples a giant
On Thursday, seventh seed Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic became the first player to make it through to the quarterfinals of the Rogers Cup presented by National Bank, fending off the powerful serves of rival Ivo Karlovic of Croatia and ultimately winning in two sets (6-3, 7-6 (2).
Most thought Karlovic's serves would cause a lot of trouble but Berdych served perfectly against his imposing opponent.
Berdych never lost his serve and easily saved the four break points he gave Karlovic, who still managed 12 aces (10 for Berdych). Berdych was only able to capitalize on one of the five break points he was offered.
Berdych and Karlovic have played each other a total of four times - always on the hardcourts. They're now 2-2 in their head-to-head.
Tomas Berdych is nearing his 300th match win.
BERDYCH PASSES KARLOVIC TEST
by ATP Staff | 11.08.2011
World No. 9 Tomas Berdych stood up to the towering test of Ivo Karlovic, defeating the Croatian 6-3, 7-6(2) to reach the quarter-finals. The Czech player withstood 12 aces to break the Karlovic serve once in the first set and to edge his 6’10’’ opponent in the second set tie-break after one hour and 42 minutes.
The 25-year-old Berdych, who is this week debuting a new model of HEAD tennis racquet, has now reached the quarter-finals or better in 12 of his past 16 tournaments, but has not reached a tour-level final since finishing runner-up at 2010 Wimbledon (l. to Nadal). He is nearing his 300th tour-level win after improving to a 298-183 mark.
Berdych gets past Karlovic to reach Rogers Cup quarterfinals
By Associated Press |August 11, 2011
The 6-foot-5 Berdych evened his career mark against the 6-foot-10 Karlovic at 2-2, but it was their first meeting in three years.
“It’s totally different than three years ago and I’m sure it’s the same for him,” Berdych said. “Today I was more focused and patient. I got a chance in the first set and made it and the same in the second during the tiebreak.
“(Karlovic) and John Isner are the ones who really make bomb serves. That’s his main weapon and then he likes to come to the net where he plays well because he’s tall.”
It is the second year in a row and the third time overall that Berdych has reached the Rogers Cup quarters. He has never made the semifinals.