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2011 Cincinnati Quarter-Final: Tomas Berdych vs Roger Federer

Posted on August 19, 2011 at 2:00 PM
 
 

ATP NEWS | Friday, August 19, 2011

For the first time since 1999, seven of the Top 8 seeds have reached the quarter-finals at the Western & Southern Open with the exception of No. 5 seed David Ferrer. It’s only the fourth time in the Open Era [since 1968] here that seven Top 8 seeds have made the quarters here. It’s also the first time this year on the ATP World Tour seven Top 10 ranked players are in the quarter-finals. The average ranking for the quarter-finalists is 5.75, the second-lowest at the tournament since the ATP World Tour Rankings began in 1973. The record of 5.63 was set in 1996.


First up is World No. 2 Rafael Nadal against No. 7 seed and last year’s runner-up Mardy Fish.


Next up is No. 3 Roger Federer against No. 8 seed Tomas Berdych. Federer has had straight set wins in his first two rounds here over former World No. 4s, Juan Martin del Potro and James Blake. He has now won 24 of his last 26 matches here, one of his favorite ATP Masters 1000 stops. He leads Berdych in their head-to-head, 9-3, and although he has lost two of their last three meetings, the Swiss seems to pick his game up even more in Cincy when he plays Top 10 players - he is a perfect 5-0 against Top 10 players at this event, not even losing a set in any of those matches. Federer is one of only two players ever to win this title four times, alongside Mats Wilander - can he become the first five-time winner this year?


At night, World No. 1 Novak Djokovic takes on No. 6 seed Gael Monfils in a rematch of their quarter-final from Montreal last week.


Over on Grandstand, No. 4 seed and 2008 champion Andy Murray faces No. 10 seed Gilles Simon, the only non-Top 8 seed to squeak through to the quarter-finals.






 

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H2H Tomas Berdych / Roger Federer

 
 
 
 
 




BERDYCH FASTFACTS


Tournament Highlights:


• The 25-year-old Czech Republic native has an 11-6 record in his seventh appearance; best result in first six attempts was QFs in 2009 (l. to Nadal); reached 3rd Rd. twice (2007 and 2010) and 2nd Rd. twice [2005 and 2008] and fell 1st Rd. once (2006)

• This week defeated Juan Monaco 76(2) 60 and No. 9 seed Nicolas Almagro 62 62 and has held serve 16 of 17 games and No. 2 in first serve points won (88%)



2011 Highlights:


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); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Montreal (l Tipsarevic)

    

2011 in Review:


• The top player from the Czech Republic is making his 13th quarter-final showing in 17 tournaments this season…Has a 38-16 match record (23-8 on hard) and a 1-5 mark vs. Top 10 opponents (21-56 in career)…Lone win over No. 9 Verdasco at Australian Open

• His best results are five ATP World Tour semi-finals, the last coming in Bastad (l. to Soderling) last month….Has a 5-7 in quarter-final matches

• 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 86-59 career match record and his best result was the title in Paris in 2005 (d. No. 10 Ljubicic in five sets)…Also runner-up in Miami last year (l. to Roddck) and semi-finalist three other times – ’06 Madrid, ’07 Monte-Carlo and ’08 Miami



 


Order of Play – Friday, August 19, 2011


CENTER COURT – Starting At 11:00 am


Samantha STOSUR (AUS) vs Maria SHARAPOVA (RUS)

Not Before 1:00 PM

Mardy FISH (USA) vs Rafael NADAL (ESP)

Not Before 2:30 PM

Roger FEDERER (SUI) vs Tomas BERDYCH (CZE)

Not Before 7:00 PM

Novak DJOKOVIC (SRB) vs Gael MONFILS (FRA)

followed by

Kveta PESCHKE (CZE)/Katarina SREBOTNIK (SLO) vs Natalie GRANDIN (RSA)/Vladimira UHLIROVA (CZE)















 
 
 

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Berdych downs Federer

 
 









Tomas celebrates victory over Roger Federer




Berdych Tops Federer In Cincinnati


Friday, August 19, 2011


It was Tomas Berdych that drew first blood in his quarterfinal match against Roger Federer and ultimately came out on top 6-2, 7-6 after just over an hour and a half.


The enormous wingspan of Berdych and his power ultimately pushed Federer out. Berdych has now beaten Federer in three of their last four meetings and will face the winner of Gael Monfils vs Novak Djokovic.

 

 















Tomas signs his autograph on the camera

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Berdych Knocks Out Defending Champ Federer


Cincinnati, U.S.A.


by ATP Staff  | 19.08.2011


No. 8 seed Tomas Berdych ousted two-time defending champion Roger Federer on Friday at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati, defeating the World No. 3 6-2, 7-6(3) in one hour and 32 minutes.


The 25 year old broke Federer twice in the opening set and did not face a break point during the match. Berdych never trailed in the second set tie-break, and after squandering his first two mini-break leads at 2-0 and 3-2, the Czech moved ahead 6-3, serving out the victory on his first match point.


Berdych improved his head-to-head record against the Swiss to a 4-9 mark, and has won three of their past four meetings. He is looking to reach his first final of the season, having advanced to the quarter-finals or better at 13 of the 17 events he’s entered in 2011. Friday’s win puts the World No. 9 into his sixth semi-final of the year.









 

 
 


Tomas in action against Roger Federer during their quarter-final match









Federer bounced out by Berdych


REUTERS | Friday, 19 August 2011


World number two Roger Federer suffered a surprise 6-2 7-6 (3) defeat to Tomas Berdych in the quarter-finals of the Cincinnati Masters.


Berdych, who beat Federer twice last year, gave a reminder to those watching on the centre court of his quality as he marched into the semis.


Federer, who had won 24 of his previous 26 games in Cincinnati, never got to grips with Berdych's powerful serve as he suffered another setback following a third-round exit in Montreal last week.

 

 




 
 
 

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Berdych Advances to Semifinals


From Official Websiste Cincinnati | 19 August 2011


Tomas Berdych, the 2010 Wimbledon runner-up advanced to the Western & Southern Open semifinals. World No. 9 Berdych took out 16-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer 6-2, 7-6(3) to advance to his first Cincinnati semifinal.


The Czech player has now defeated Federer in three out of their last four matches. Up next for Berdych is World No. 1 Novak Djokovic, who defeated Gael Monfils 3-6, 6-3, 6-3. The two-time Cincinnati finalist in ’09 and ’08 Djokovic.




 

 


 

 
 
 

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Berdych delivered a reminder of his quality. Federer, who had won 24 of his previous

26 matches in Cincinnati, never got to grips with Berdych's powerful serve.

 


 

 




 
 
 

 


Tomas during his quarter-final match against Roger Federer














Time to celebrate a great victory. Bravo Tomas!

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Federer lost in straight sets, 2-6 6-7 (3-7) to Tomas Berdych

 





Roger Federer full of praise for Tomas Berdych ahead of the US Open


Crunch Sports Staff - 21 August 2011


Roger Federer believes Tomas Berdych is becoming a true force to be reckoned with after the Czech knocked him out of the Cincinnati Masters on Friday.


Berdych has established himself in the top ten this season but has not had the best of years so far. Even so, Federer knows exactly how dangerous he can be after losing three of their past four matches.


"I feel he wasn't really living up to his potential, was he - I don't want to say for a very long time - but I remember he did win Paris indoors years back, right?" said the Swiss Maestro.


"I think that was first glance at how good he can be, plus the match where he beat me at the Olympics in Athens.


"Then I guess we were all kind of waiting for him to do something. Maybe that's the time where I was able to beat him more often.


"It was in those times when basically I was losing every, I don't know, 30th match. So it was like hard to beat me anyway."


He continued: "Lately he's been playing well, I thought he played fantastic in Wimbledon [2010].


"I shouldn't have lost in Miami against him, and then here was somewhat close as well. I think it's been very even. Unfortunately I couldn't turn this one around."

 

Federer's record against top ten opposition has left something to be desired this year. He's lost the majority of his matches against opponents near the top of the rankings, although several of those defeats have come against the red hot world number one, Novak Djokovic.

 

The Swiss insisted he was happy with his level this week, particularly the way he played against Juan Martin Del Potro. But he knows he has work to do if he's to challenge in New York.

 

The US Open starts on August 29th.






 


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