|Posted on November 11, 2011 at 2:00 PM|
SIX OF LONDON’S ELITE EIGHT IN PARIS QUARTER-FINALS
On Thursday the eight-man field for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London was finalised, but with six of them still alive in Paris, fans don’t have to wait until Nov. 20-27 to watch the world’s very best in action. It’s an all-starline-up on quarter-final Friday at the BNP Paribas Masters
Order of Play - Friday, November 11, 2011
CENTRAL COURT - Matches Start At: 2:00 pm
Tomas BERDYCH (CZE) vs Andy MURRAY (GBR)
Not Before 3:30 PM
Juan MONACO (ARG) vs Roger FEDERER (SUI)
Not Before 7:30 PM
Jo-Wilfried TSONGA (FRA) w.o.
Novak DJOKOVIC (SRB)*late withdrawal, shoulder injury*
Not Before 7:30 PM
David FERRER (ESP) vs John ISNER (USA)
*** Djokovic's withdrawal means that Jo-Wilfried Tsonga goes directly into the semi-final with a day’s rest, where he will meet the winner of the match between David Ferrer and John Isner.
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H2H Tomas Berdych vs Andy Murray
Paris Friday Briefing
by Greg Sharko | 10.11.2011
First on Central Court is No. 2 seed Andy Murray against No. 5 seed Tomas Berdych. Neither player has lost a set this week and for Berdych getting this far is particularly meaningful - not only did he beat Janko Tipsarevic for the first time in five ATP World Tour meetings on Thursday, but by doing so he also became one of the last three qualifiers for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals (along with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Mardy Fish). Murray is a perfect 17-0 since the US Open (winning two Davis Cup rubbers, three titles and another two rounds here) but Berdych has a few advantages going into this match - he leads their head-to-head series, 2-1 (winning their past two meetings) and has fared far better at this event in the past (he won his only Masters 1000 title here back in 2005, while Murray has never been beyond the quarter-finals).
• The 26-year-old Czech Republic native is into the quarter-finals for the third time in his seventh straight appearance (15-5 record)….He made his debut in 2005, capturing the title (d. Ljubicic in five sets)…The next year advanced to the quarter-finals (l. to Hrbaty)
• In first two rounds, defeated former Top 10 Spaniard Fernando Verdasco 63 75 and No. 11 seed Janko Tipsarevic 75 64
• Has never lost in the opening round in his seven showings in Bercy
W: Beijing (d Cilic); SF (6): Chennai (l Wawrinka); Dubai (l Djokovic); Nice (l Almagro); Halle (l Petzschner); Bastad (l Soderling); ATP Masters 1000 Cincinnati (l Djokovic); QF (7): Aust. 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 Masters 1000 Rome (l Gasquet); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Montreal (l Tipsarevic)
2011 in Review:
• The top player from the Czech Republic has a 50-20 match record (34-12 on hard) this season and he’s appearing in his 15th quarter-final or better this season….His 50 match wins is a career-high (previous best was 48 in ’06)…Has a 3-6 mark vs. Top 10 opponents this year and his last win came over No. 7 Tsonga in the semi-finals of Beijing last month
• He secured a spot in the season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London for the second straight year on Thursday…Stands No. 6 this week in ATP year-to-date points rankings
• Last month he captured his sixth career ATP World Tour title in Beijing (d. Cilic), his first title since Munich in May 2009…Has a 6-6 career mark in finals
• He’s coming off a first round loss last week to Kei Nishikori in Basel…It was only his second opening round loss in 21 tournaments this year (Roland Garros, l. to Stephane Robert 9-7 in fifth set)
• He’s also reached six semi-finals, three have come on hard courts – Chennai in January, Dubai in late February and ATP Masters 1000 Cincinnati in August (ret. vs. Djokovic due to shoulder injury)
• He opened the year with a semi-final in Chennai (l. to Wawrinka) and followed with quarter-final efforts at the Aust. Open (l. to Djokovic), Rotterdam (W/O vs. Tsonga) and Marseille in February (l. to Cilic)
• Also 4th Rd. at Wimbledon (l. to Fish) and 3rd Rd. at US Open (ret. vs. Tipsarevic w/shoulder injury)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 History:
• Has an 90-60 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 four other times – ’06 Madrid, ’07 Monte-Carlo, ’08 Miami, and Cincinnati in August
• Appearing in his 17th ATP Masters 1000 QF (6-10 record)
• The British No. 1 is making his fourth quarter-final appearance in the past five years (except ’09) here and has a 10-5 record), defeating French wild card Jeremy Chardy 62 64 and No. 13 seed Andy Roddick 62 62 so far…His best results in first five tries are three QFs, in 2007 (l. to Gasquet), 2008 (l. to Nalbandian) and last year (l. to Monfils); fell 3rd Rd. in other two tries (2006 and 2009)
W (5): London / Queen's Club (d Tsonga); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Cincinnati (d Djokovic); Bangkok (d Young); Tokyo (d Nadal); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Shanghai (d Ferrer); F (1): Australian Open (l Djokovic); SF (5): ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Monte Carlo (l Nadal); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Rome (l Djokovic); Roland Garros (l Nadal); Wimbledon (l Nadal); US Open (l Nadal)
2011 in Review:
• The 24-year-old Scot enters with a career-best 17-match winning streak and he’s won 27 of his past 28 matches since mid-August… Has a 56-11 match record on the year (35-6 on hard courts) and appearing in his 12th quarter-final or better this season (11-0 in QF matches)
• During his 27-1 run, won his second title at ATP Masters 1000 Cincinnati (d. Djokovic), reached the SFs at the US Open (l. to Nadal), won a pair of Davis Cup matches vs. Hungary and picked up titles in Bangkok (d. Young), Tokyo (d. No. 2 Nadal 36 62 60), and ATP Masters 1000 Shanghai (d. Ferrer) on Oct. 16 when he captured his fifth title of the season in his sixth final of year…Afterwards moved up to No. 3 on Oct. 17…The last time he was No. 3 was Mar. 29, 2010 and last time Federer was out of Top 3 – June 30, 2003 (at No. 5)
• Has already qualified for season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London along with Djokovic, Nadal, Federer and Ferrer…Looking to finish in Top 3 for first time in his career
• In June, won his second Queen’s Club title in London (d. Roddick in SF, Tsonga in F) and followed with semi-final at Wimbledon (l. to Nadal)
• Went into the clay court circuit with a 6-4 match record before reaching the semi-finals in Monte-Carlo (l. to Nadal in three sets)…He then made 3rd Rd. in Madrid (d. Simon, l. to Bellucci) and semi-finals at ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Rome (l. to Djokovic) and Roland Garros (l. to Nadal)
• He began the season with a second straight runner-up at the Australian Open (l. to Djokovic) and then lost three straight opening round matches before turning things around on clay in April, going 12-4
• He posted a career-best 21-4 mark in Grand Slam play, reaching SFs or better for first time in a season
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 History:
• Has an 111-44 career mark and 8-1 in finals…Has won two titles the past four years (since 2008…Won in Shanghai (d. Ferrer) last month and Cincinnati in August (d. Djokovic)…Last year won titles in Toronto and Shanghai and from 2008-10 has won two titles each year…His only final loss came to Nadal in ’09 Indian Wells…He’s won most ATP Masters 1000 titles without a Grand Slam crown
Tomas ready to fight for a semi-final spot
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Berdych def. Murray
BNP PARIBAS MASTERS 2011
BERDYCH ENDS MURRAY'S WINNING STREAK; FACES FEDERER IN SFS
by ATP Staff | 11.11.2011
Fifth seed Tomas Berdych, the 2005 champion, ended Andy Murray's 17-match winning streak on Friday at the BNP Paribas Masters by beating the second seed and fellow Barclays ATP World Tour Finals qualifier 4-6, 7-6(5), 6-4.
Berdych, who clinched his berth at prestigious season finale in London on Thursday, will challenge third seed Roger Federer in the semi-finals.
"It was really one of the best three set matches I[have] played, even with the quality," said Berdych. "All three sets[were] very close. I'm the happier one today. But I think it was just a great game."
Berdych saved seven set points at 3-5 to win a 14-minute game, before Murray converted his ninth set point opportunity with a crosscourt forehand, which Berdych couldn't scramble back, to wrap up the first set in 63 minutes. Murray saved all five break points he faced.
Berdych kept the pressure on Murray in the second set and almost took a 4-0 lead. The Czech served for the set at 5-3, but Murray broke to 30 and went onto level for 5-5. In the tie-break, Berdych converted his first set point opportunity at 6-5 for one-set apiece.
The third set went with serve to 4-4, when Berdych broke Murray to 15. Murray could have levelled at 5-5, but could not convert three break point opportunities. Berdych earned his 51st match win of the season on his second match point chance after three hours and 13 minutes of play.
The 26-year-old Berdych has a 51-20 match record on the season, which includes a 4-6 mark against Top 10 opponents. Last month he won the China Open title (d. Cilic) in Beijing.
Murray, 24, is bidding to finish the year at No. 3 in the South African Airways ATP Rankings for the first time. He drops to 56-12 season record. He has won five titles, including two ATP World Tour Masters 1000 trophies at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati (d. Djokovic) and the Shanghai Rolex Masters (d. Ferrer).
"I got good practice going into London, which I didn't have coming in here," said Murray. "I'll need to work on a few things. I was moving much better than I did in my first match by the end of this one.
"I was really unhappy with the way I hit my backhand today, which is normally my most solid shot, so that's something I'll look to work on. I didn't feel all that comfortable on my serve this week, even though I didn't get broken the first couple of matches."
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Tomas managed to defeat Andy Murray. The match lasted 3 hours and 13 minutes
*TV commentators said Berdych's news girlfriend Ester Satorova is absolutely SUBLIME*
Peter Black (BETTOR) - Friday, November 11, 2011
Tomas Berdych overthrows Andy Murray in quarter-final run
Kicking off with the second fixture of the day, Tomas Berdych, Czech world No.7, overpowered his quarter-final rival of BNP Paribas Masters 2011, Andy Murray, Brit and ranked world No.3, ousting the higher ranked competitor in a hard hitting three setter, 4-6, 7-6(5), 6-4 in a long three hours and 12 minutes hard indoor circuit match at Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy, Paris, France on Friday, 11th of November 2011.
Walking down the court, the two were greeted with a huge applause. Following up with the match toss and warm up, Berdych started lit up the match serving for the opener rolling down the scoreboard with a double game point winner, 1-0.
Following up with the Czech, Murray nearly gave away a breakpoint, however, managed to win his opening serve to level the scores, 1-1. World No.7 continued to serve game three, taking on the Brit and bagging his second win, 2-1. World No.3, however, followed to level up again at 2-2.
Winning a game each the two levelled up at 3-3 before the Brit struck and took over the command. Breaking the lower ranked Czech; Murray led the set and followed with another winner, service winner, to roll the scoreboard down 5-3.
The last three games went all the way to possible breakpoints; however, neither of the two was able to break each other. Eventually, Brit world No.3 managed to pull off his sixth win of the set, 6-4, to lead the match 1-0.
Moving on with the second set, Berdych struck back as he served out the second set opener, 1-0, and broke the higher ranked Brit in game two to lead the set, 2-0. Adding another winner to his lead, Czech served out his second service game to lead three games to zero.
Finally, Murray pulled back a game to cut the lead down, 3-1, however, the Czech kept his defence strong and maintained the lead bagging game five, 4-1. Murray struck back as he served out game eight, 5-3, broke the Czech rival in the ninth, 5-4, and served out again to level the scores at 5-5.
Gaining his momentum Brit world No.3 kept his defence to push the set into a tiebreaker. Both pulled of winners of their serve during the tiebreaker, however, Berdych turned the tables as he blew of two straight points, after the two levelled up at 5-5, to finish up the tiebreaker at 7-5.
With scores at level, the two clashed out for the final set of the fixture with Murray serving first and taking away the opener. Berdych followed the Brit as he levelled up at 1-1, 2-2, 3-3, and then on 4-4 before there came a surprise. The 26-year-old Czech broke his Brit rival in game nine, 5-4, and saved a breakpoint in game ten to finish off the set winning, 6-4, ending the Brit’s unbeaten run and moved into the semis stage of the ATP World Tour Masters 2011.
Through into the semis, Berdych will now rival the Swiss Maestro, Roger Federer in the semis of the BNP Paribas Masters 2011 on Saturday, 12th of November 2011.
Tomas' Team at Quarter-Final Paris Masters 2011
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Tomas in quarter-final action against Andy Murray at Paris Masters