|Posted on October 7, 2011 at 1:50 PM|
World No. 10 Czech slugger Tomas Berdych and Spanish left-hander Fernando Verdasco were among Wednesday's second-round winners at the $2.1 million China Open tennis event.
Berdych handled German qualifier Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-2, 6-0 in a brisk 63 minutes to reach a quarterfinal for the 14th time this year. The third- seeded Czech improved to 6-1 lifetime against Kohlschreiber.
The 26-year-old Berdych will next face the world No. 23 Verdasco after the Spaniard rallied to beat Italian qualifier Flavio Cipolla 2-6, 6-1, 6-2 on the hardcourts at the National Tennis Centre.
H2H Tomas Berdych vs Fernando Verdasco
BEIJING FRIDAY PREVIEW | ATP site
First on Stadium is No. 2 seed Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic against Fernando Verdasco of Spain. Berdych, currently ranked No. 10 on the ATP World Tour, is spending his 93rd career week in the Top 10; Verdasco has had 103 career weeks in the Top 10, although he did fall out of the elite on April 18 of this year and is now at No. 23. Although he does have more weeks in the Top 10, that’s where Verdasco’s advantages going into this match end - not only does Berdych lead their overall head-to-head series, 7-4, but the Czech has won their last five hard court meetings, their most recent one being a routine 64 62 63 win in the fourth round of the Australian Open this year. Additionally, Berdych is even better in his career against lefties (.627 against righties, .641 against lefties).
But Verdasco is feeling confident these days: “Last year I lost three first rounds during the Asian swing, but my form is like it was in 2009,” the Spaniard said. “I am trying to win all the points I can and I will give my best for sure. I want to be back in the Top 20 then push towards the Top 10."
*because of WTA*
Order of Play – Friday, October 7, 2011
NATIONAL TENNIS STADIUM - Starting At: 12:30 pm
Tomas BERDYCH (CZE) vs Fernando VERDASCO (ESP)
Not Before 3:00 PM
Ana IVANOVIC (SRB) vs Agnieszka RADWANSKA (POL)
Caroline WOZNIACKI (DEN) vs Flavia PENNETTA (ITA)
Not Before 7:30 PM
Jo-Wilfried TSONGA (FRA) vs Juan Carlos FERRERO (ESP)
SF: Chennai (l Wawrinka); Dubai (l Djokovic); Nice (l Almagro); Halle (l Petzschner); Bastad (l Soderling); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Cincinnati (l Djokovic); 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)
YTD W-L: 44-18 (28-10 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 5
Date of Birth: September 17, 1985
South African Airways 2011 ATP Ranking: 10
• Berdych, 26, the top player from the Czech Republic, has advanced to the quarter-finals or better in 14 tournaments this season, including six semi-finals… He and No. 9 Gael Monfils are the only players in Top 10 yet to win an ATP World Tour title this year
• He is playing in Beijing for the second straight year and has not dropped a set thus far in wins over Jurgen Melzer 75 75 and Philipp Kohlschreiber 62 60…Lost in first round last season
• Has a 44-18 match record (28-10 on hard) this season…Of his six semi-finals, three have come on hard courts – Chennai in January, Dubai in late February and ATP Masters 1000 Cincinnati in August
• 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)
• 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)
F: San Jose (l Raonic); Estoril (l Del Potro); Gstaad (l Granollers); SF: Hamburg (l Almagro); QF: London / Queen's Club (l Roddick); Washington (l Stepanek)
YTD W-L: 34-20 (18-10 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 5
Date of Birth: November 15, 1983
South African Airways 2011 ATP Ranking: 23
• Verdasco, 27, enters his seventh ATP World Tour quarter-final (or better) with a 34-20 match record on the season (18-10 on hard courts)
• He is a three-time runner-up on the ATP World Tour this season, in San Jose (l. to Raonic) in February, Estoril (l. to del Potro) on May1 and Gstaad (l. to Granollers) on July 31…Also one SF (Hamburg) and two QFs (Queen’s Club, Washington
• This is the Madrid native’s fourth appearance in Beijing (5-3 record); best prior result was QFs in 2009 (l. to Djokovic); fell 2nd Rd. in 2008 (l. to Ferrero) and 1st Rd. in 2010 (l. to Kohlschreiber); is 1-0 so far this year (d. Llodra in 1st Rd.)
• Has a career mark of 15-52 vs. Top 10 opponents (1-4 this season) and his last win came over countryman No. 10 Nicolas Almagro in the semi-finals of Gstaad on July 30
• His career-high is No. 7 (achieved April 20, 2009); has spent 103 weeks inside Top 10 (all within 115-week span between February 2, 2009 and April 17, 2011)
Tomas reaches Beijing SFs
Tomas Berdych celebrates winning his quarter-final match against Fernando Verdasco of Spain during the China Open at the National Tennis Center on October 7, 2011 in Beijing, China.
gif File Size: 1.74 Mo - 300 x 176
FINALS CONTENDER BERDYCH FIRES INTO SFS
by ATP Staff | 07.10.2011
Tomas Berdych, who is battling to qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, swept past former World No. 7 Fernando Verdasco of Spain 6-1, 6-0 in 66 minutes on Friday for a place in the China Open semi-finals. The third seed lost the opening game and is now 6-1 lifetime on hard courts against Verdasco.
Berdych started the week at No. 8 in the Battle for London, on 2,350 South African Airways 2011 ATP Year-To-Date Rankings points, and has yet to drop a set in his three matches. With his lower-ranked Finals rivals losing early in Beijing and at the Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships in Tokyo, Berdych continues to add valuable points with four spots left up for grabs at the elite season finale at The O2 in November.
"I felt really good on the court and played really well," said Berdych. "Hard court is much more suitable for my game style. I can play more aggressive, I can give him much more pressure, less pace on the court, and then he starts to do more mistakes, more unforced errors. It's the game what I want to play; that's why the result was how was it. London... is really too far ahead. I want to be ready for my semi-final tomorrow, and that's it. I'm not thinking about any other points or anything or qualifying for London."
Tomas signs his autograph on the camera *favorite moment*
gif File Size: 1.56 Mo - 300 x 208
Tomas Berdych blasts past Fernando Verdasco into last four
Rated at number 10 in the ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) World Rankings, Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic powered his way through the 23rd ranked Spaniard, Fernando Verdasco, in the quarter-final of the China Open on Friday afternoon.
Being played on the outdoor hard courts of the Olympic Green Tennis Center, in Beijing, China, the third seed Berdych exhibited his tremendous power hitting to absolutely annihilate Verdasco in straight sets, 6-1, 6-0. The Czech took merely 66 minutes to dump the unseeded Spaniard from the competition and moved into the semi-final rounds of the ATP World Tour 500 event.
The contest was an all-Czech show, with the third seed dominating every second of it. The belligerent Czech broke his opponent in his every single serve game, dropping just one of the total 13 games being played en route to victory. It was the second consecutive defeat for Verdasco at the hands of Berdych in the running year, as the Czech outclassed him in straight sets, 6-4, 6-2, 6-3, in the round of 16 of the Australian Open. Berdych leads 7-4 against Verdasco in all-time head-to-head combats and is well on course to win his first ATP championship title.
The third seeded Czech nailed six out of eight serve breaks in the matchup to dump his opponent out of the competition. He dropped his serve in the very first game of the match and it was the only game Berdych lost in the entire contest. The Czech then launched an unstoppable series of forays upon his opponent, breaking him in all the games to follow. Six straight serve breaks left Verdasco stunned at 1-6, 0-6, with Berdych confirming a berth in the semi-finals of the China Open in the most authoritative fashion.
Berdych will compete either against the top seed Frenchman, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, or the former world number one, Juan Carlos Ferrero of Spain, in the round of four to earn a title shot in the final of the China Open. Tsonga and Ferrero will go one-on-one later on Friday afternoon and the winner will take on Berdych in the semi-final.
ATP Homepage of Friday, October 7, 2011
Berdych blows Verdasco away to enter China Open semis
Prajwal Hegde, TNN | Oct 7, 2011
Tomas Berdych, the No. 10-ranked pro, blasted past Spaniard Fernando Verdasco on Friday, winning 6-1, 6-0 to storm into the China Open semifinals.
The World Tour 500 tournament, being played at Beijing's sprawling tennis facility, saw the 6ft 5' Czech get off to a slow start. He dropped serve after a double fault saw him fall behind Verdasco.
The start was the only thing Berdych got wrong in the 65-minute affair against a player who was ranked No. 7 in the world two seasons ago.
"It's not okay to lose your serve in the first game of the match," Berdych said, "After that I played really well, the kind of game I want to play."
Berdych in China semis
7/10/2011 | Sportal
Tomas Berdych has romped into the semi-finals of the China Open after thrashing Fernando Verdasco on Friday.
The Czech, seeded third, took just over an hour to dispose of Spain's Verdasco 6-1 6-0 in Beijing.
In a dominant display, Berdych broke the Verdasco serve on all six occasions to ease into the last four.
He will meet Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the semi-finals after the Frenchman was a comfortable 6-3 6-4 victor against another Spaniard, Juan Carlos Ferrero.