|Posted on March 1, 2012 at 2:00 PM|
H2H Tomas Berdych vs Andy Murray
Order of Play - Thursday, March 1, 2012
CENTRE COURT - Starting At: 2:00 pm
Andy MURRAY (GBR) vs Tomas BERDYCH (CZE)
Not Before 5:00 PM
Mikhail YOUZHNY (RUS) vs Roger FEDERER (SUI)
Not Before 7:00 PM
Novak DJOKOVIC (SRB) vs Janko TIPSAREVIC (SRB)
Juan Martin DEL POTRO (ARG) vs Jo-Wilfried TSONGA (FRA)
DUBAI THURSDAY PREVIEW
• An all-star line-up takes Centre Court on Thursday for the quarter-finals of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, with seven Top 10 players and a former World No. 8 in action. It is the first time since 2005 in Dubai that seven of the top eight seeds have reached the quarter-finals
• The Top 4 seeds have intriguing histories against their respective quarter-final opponents, with two of them leading their head-to-heads (Djokovic is 3-1 against Tipsarevic and Federer is 11-0 against Youzhny) and two of them trailing in them (Murray is 1-3 against Berdych and Tsonga is 1-4 against del Potro)
• The seven seeds have a combined match record of 87-13 (.870) through the first two months of the season
• Only two players have won Dubai more than once: Federer (four times) and Novak Djokovic (three times)
(3) Andy Murray (GBR) vs (5) Tomas Berdych (CZE) Berdych Leads 3-1
2005 Basel (Switzerland) Carpet R16 Andy Murray 6-4 2-6 6-4
2006 Adelaide (Australia) Hard R16 Tomas Berdych 7-6(2) 4-6 6-1
2010 Roland Garros (France) Clay R16 Tomas Berdych 6-4 7-5 6-3
2011 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Paris Hard QF Tomas Berdych 4-6 7-6(5) 6-4
W: Brisbane (d Dolgopolov); SF: Australian Open (l Djokovic)
YTD W-L: 12-1
YTD Titles: 1/Career Titles: 22
Date of Birth: May 15, 1987
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 4
• Murray is playing in his third QF of the year (2-0 in first two, winning Brisbane title and reaching SFs at Australian Open…Went 10-1 Down Under)
• In his fourth appearance in Dubai (7-3 record; best results are QFs in 2008-09 and this year)
• Has lost last three matches vs Top 10 players (at end of 2011 season lost to Berdych in Paris and Ferrer in London, then lost to Djokovic at Australian Open this year)
• Berdych is one of only five players to beat Murray three times in a row (Djokovic, Nadal, Federer, Fish); Berdych could become third player ever to beat Murray four times in a row (Djokovic, Nadal)
W: Montpellier (d Monfils); SF: Rotterdam (l Del Potro); QF: Australian Open (l Nadal)
YTD W-L: 14-2
YTD Titles: 1/Career Titles: 7
Date of Birth: September 17, 1985
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 7
• The Czech Republic native is playing in his fourth QF of year (2-1 in first three, winning Montpellier title and SFs in Rotterdam while falling to Nadal in QFs at Australian Open)
• He is making his sixth appearance in Dubai (9-5 record; best result was SFs in 2011)
• Has lost seven games through first two rounds, fewest of anyone (next-fewest is Youzhny with 11)
• Murray is only one of ‘Big Four’ who Berdych has a winning record against, leading their head-to-head series, 3-1 (he is 1-8 against Djokovic, 3-11 against Nadal and 4-10 against Federer)
Tomas failed to defend his last year’s SF points
The match ended in controversy as Berdych argued at length with the umpire over a Hawkeye decision when he had earned a point to break back for 6-6.
Tomas Berdych 'shocked' after chair umpire makes wrong call in Dubai
THE NATIONAL | Chuck Culpepper
A Hawk-Eye-related controversy, that tennis quirk born of technology, jazzed up Andy Murray's 6-3, 7-5 quarter-final win over Tomas Berdych on Thursday.
During a laborious final game in which Berdych withstood six match points, the Czech had earned himself a break point, but it turned troublesome.
Murray served, the linesman called it long, Berdych whacked it into the net and Murray challenged. The big screen upheld him, and the argument sprang from that.
In the chair umpire Mohamed Lahyani's judgement between awarding the point to Murray and ordering a replay, he chose the former for deuce, and Berdych chose to visit the chair to rant.
"He is the best referee on tour," the No 7 Berdych said afterward. "I never had anything like that with him.
"Actually, I was so shocked when he said this one."
In cases of clear aces, chair umpires award points. In cases of contact, there is murkiness.
"I mean, I just hit the ball into the net because I heard it out, then he cannot give a point to him," Berdych maintained. Instead, Lahyani told Berdych he could not reverse the judgement once made, and Berdych grew baffled. "I've never seen that," he said.
Murray benefited but backed Berdych, calling the onus on the chair umpire "a bad rule" and advocating replays except after aces.
"I think it should be" the rule, he said, "because it takes any controversy out of it if you touch the ball."
"But," he added, explaining the difficulty of the issue, "sometimes guys stretch their racket out."
Tomas on the bench during a break
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