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2012 Indian Wells - Round 3: Tomas Berdych vs Andy Roddick

Posted on March 12, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Today Tomas will play his third round match against Andy Roddick, the 2010 Indian Wells finalist (l. to Ljubicic).

From ATP site - Roddick holds a 6-3 lead against the Czech in the head-to-head series, but this will be their first meeting since the 2010 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, a match won by Berdych in two sets.

“You're not gonna want to leave the ball hanging or let him get set,” Roddick said. “You kinda have to mix some things up so he doesn't get a rhythm. Once he starts kinda going and feeling good, he hits the ball so clean you kinda have to take him out of that a little bit.”




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H2H Tomas Berdych vs Andy Roddick



Order of Play – Monday, March 12, 2012

STADIUM 1 - Starting At: 11:00 am

WTA - Samantha STOSUR (AUS) vs Nadia PETROVA (RUS)

followed by


Not Before 2:30 PM


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Not Before 7:00 PM


Not Before 8:30 PM


No. 1 Djokovic, Berdych-Roddick Highlight Play On Stadium 1

by Greg Sharko | 12.03.2012

First on Stadium 1 is World No. 1 Novak Djokovic against No. 29 seed Kevin Anderson. Next up is No. 7 seed Tomas Berdych against No. 30 seed Andy Roddick, who has reached the fourth round or better in eight of his nine previous appearances at Indian Wells. It will be tough to get there again, as Berdych comes in with a 15-3 match record while Roddick is 5-4. Roddick has lost 12 of his last 13 matches against Top 10 players, with his lone Top 10 win in the last 18 months coming at last year’s US Open against No. 5 David Ferrer. He leads Berdych in their head-to-head series, 6-3, and has never lost a set to the Czech in their three career meetings in the U.S.

THIRD ROUND Roddick/Berdych Preview

(30) Andy Roddick (USA) vs (7) Tomas Berdych (CZE) Roddick Leads 6-3

2006 ATP Masters 1000 Madrid (Spain) Hard R16 Tomas Berdych 7-6(7) 6-3

2007 CZE v. USA WG 1st RD (Czech Rep)Clay RR Andy Roddick 4-6 6-3 6-2 7-6(4)

2007 US Open (U.S.A.) Hard R16 Andy Roddick 7-6(6) 2-0 ret

2008 Tokyo (Japan) Hard SF Tomas Berdych 6-7(3) 7-5 7-6(3)

2009 Wimbledon (Great Britain) Grass R16 Andy Roddick 7-6(4) 6-4 6-3

2010 Brisbane (Australia) Hard SF Andy Roddick 1-6 6-3 6-4

2010 San Jose (U.S.A.) Hard QF Andy Roddick 7-6(5) 7-6(5)

2010 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami Hard F Andy Roddick 7-5 6-4

2010 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals Hard RR Tomas Berdych 7-5 6-3



Tournament Highlights:

• The 29-year-old American comes into the third round with a 28-9 match record and he opened on Saturday with a 46 76(5) 63 win over Pole Lukasz Kubot, who served for the match at 5-4 in the second

• Last year he defeated countrymen James Blake and John Isner before losing to Richard Gasquet in the fourth round

• Two years ago he was broken only four times in six matches en route to the final, holding 64 of 68…He lost to Ivan Ljubicic in two tie-breaks

• The last American to win the singles title here was Andre Agassi (d. Sampras) in 2001…Since then, Mardy Fish in 2008 (l. to Djokovic), James Blake in 2006 (l. to Federer) and Roddick were finalists

• Also a semi-finalist in 2009 (l. to Nadal), ’07 and ‘05…Four of his losses here have come to Top 10 opponents – No. 10 Henman in ’04 QF, No. 2 Hewitt in ’05 SF, No. 2 Nadal in ’07 SF and No. 1 Nadal last year…He is 4-4 vs. Top 10 foes here

• He captured the doubles title in ‘09 (w/Fish), defeating Mirnyi-A. Ram 14-12 in match tie-break

2012 Highlights:

QF: San Jose (l Istomin); Delray Beach (l Anderson)

2012 in Review:

• The Austin, Texas resident is 5-4 on the season with his best results a pair of quarter-finals in San Jose (l. to Istomin) and Delray Beach (l. to Anderson) last week

• He retired in the second round of the Australian Open (vs. Hewitt) on Jan. 19 due to a right hamstring injury and injured his ankle in the second set of his seconde round match vs. Denis Kudla on Feb. 15 in San Jose but continued on to win the match in three sets

• His No. 31 ranking is his lowest since July 30, 2001 when he was ranked No. 35

• He is playing his first Top 10 opponent of the season and last year went 1-7 with his lone win coming over No. 5 Ferrer in the fourth of the US Open


Tournament Highlights:

• The 26-year-old Czech Republic native is 10-7 lifetime in Indian Wells and his best result was the quarter-finals in 2010 (l. to No. 3 Nadal)…He opened on Saturday with a 67(2) 63 64 win over Sergiy Stakhovsky

• Last year lost in the fourth round for the second time (’06), falling to Stanislas Wawrinka in three sets

2012 Highlights:

W: Montpellier (d Monfils); SF: Rotterdam (l Del Potro); QF: Australian Open (l Nadal); Dubai (l Murray)

2012 in Review:

• The World No. 7 comes in with an outstanding 15-3 match record on the season in his fifth tournament…All three losses have come to Top 10 opponents

• His best result was capturing his seventh career ATP World Tour title in Montpellier, France last month (d. Monfils in final); has reached QFs or better at other three events as well

• He was a semi-finalist in Rotterdam (l. to No. 10 del Potro) and quarter-finalist at Australian Open (l. to No. 2 Nadal) and Dubai (l. to No. 4 Murray)





Tomas Berdych returns a backhand to Andy Roddick during the BNP Paribas Open

at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on March 12, 2012 in Indian Wells, California







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Berdych Through to Next Round


Andy Roddick and Tomas Berdych shake hands at the net after their 3rd round match at the BNP Paribas Open tennis in Indian Wells, California, USA 12 March 2012.



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Berdych Tops Roddick in Indian Wells


Berdych Beats Roddick


by ATP Staff | 12.03.2012

World No. 7 Tomas Berdych converted his two break points in the final set to defeat American Andy Roddick 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 in two hours and six minutes. “I thought he played really well in the third set,” conceded Roddick, the 2010 finalist (l. to Ljubicic). “Actually hit the ball better than I had. In the third he was too good for me tonight.”

Berdych defeated Roddick for the fourth time in 10 career meetings. “It’s always hard, and today was even a bigger challenge for me to play Andy in this place,” said the Czech. “It’s always something which adds something a little extra to the match and to the game, so I’m even more happy with the way the game went, and especially that I finished it with the win today.”

He will look to reach the Indian Wells quarter-finals for the second time in eight appearances when he plays No. 12 seed Nicolas Almagro.




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Tomas Berdych overcomes home favourite Roddick in Indian Wells


Tomas Berdych overcomes home favourite Roddick in Indian Wells

By Suhani Sharma (

World No.7 Tomas Berdych ended the hopes of home favourite Andy Roddick with a tough three set victory at the 2012 BNP Paribas Open.

Winner of seven career singles titles, Czech Tomas Berdych survived mid-match jitters to beat American Andy Roddick in a thrilling contest, thereby reaching the pre-quarterfinals of the 2012 BNP Paribas Open, season's first masters series event being played here in Indian Wells, California.

Berdych made a great start to the match and sealed a break of serve with the help of his penetrating ground strokes. As the match progressed, Berdych pocketed another break of serve to win the first set 6-3 in just 42 minutes of play.

The second set saw a shift in momentum when Roddick grabbed hold of a break in the seventh game, after which he levelled the match at one set a piece.

The final set once again saw Berdych resume top form when the Czech secured a double break to complete the 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 win in two hours and 6 minutes of play.

Berdych hit 7 aces and won 79% of points on his first serve. The Czech broke Roddick's serve four times in the entire match.

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Roddick bows out to Berdych


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Indian Wells, Calif. Monday, March 12, 2012 - World No. 7 Tomas Berdych talks about his win over American Andy Roddick on Monday in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open.


March 12, 2012


T. BERDYCH/A. Roddick

6‑3, 4‑6, 6‑2

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. How hard was that, Tomas?

TOMAS BERDYCH: Yeah, I mean, it's always hard, and today was even‑‑ I would say even bigger challenge for me, you know, to play Andy, you know, in this place. It's always something which adds something a little extra to the match and to the game.

So, you know, even that, I'm even more happy with the way the game went, and especially that I finished it with the win today.

Q. You've played him a lot of times in your career before. How does his game now compare ‑‑ when he's ranked outside of the top 10 ‑‑ compared to what it was like when he was in the top 10?

TOMAS BERDYCH: I mean, tough to say what's‑‑ how he is now and how he is before. I mean, the tennis is so tricky. I mean, if we're gonna play tomorrow, next two days, the game could be completely different, even that we play so many times.

So, you know, it's really tough to say. It really depends how you feel, how is your form, how is your confident. You know, if you have some winning streak, win couple of tournaments or you are a bit down with the confidence, it all can affect the game.

It was a close, close game, and it's really tough to judge, you know, if he's‑‑ if he was better or not. I mean, there are many new guys that came up, and, you know, even make it harder to stay, to stay there.

So could be the reason, you know, he can drop few spots, but he's still former No. 1 player in the world.

Q. When you were playing against him today, did you feel he was healthy or do you feel there was anything wrong with him health‑wise?

TOMAS BERDYCH: Actually, I don't know. I have no idea. I mean, I was just try to really focus myself.

And, you know, if somebody is not calling physio or really doesn't have any, you know, problem that you can really see that, then maybe we can talk about, you know, some injury.

I think that Andy is well‑experienced guy, that if he would felt that he is not 100% ready that probably he would not go on court just to try.

If you go there, you have to take the responsibility that, you know, you go there and you have to try all your best, and not if the game doesn't, you know, finish well just to say, well, actually, I wasn't 100% ready.

So that's definitely‑‑ or I don't think that Andy would do anything like that. So I think, yeah, for me, it feels it was good.

Q. There was a backhand volley you missed for two sets to love against Rafa in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open. Do you think about that, or do you think about how you play that game?

TOMAS BERDYCH: I don't know why you just remember it to me again, but...

Q. It was a big point.

TOMAS BERDYCH: I know it was, so...

No, yeah, as you just said, it was a really big point. But actually I watch it couple of times, and I thought on court it was quite easy one, but actually I know it could be even easier.

And I was just really fast moving from one side to the other, and, you know, just put the racquet in front of me. Actually I just didn't hit it that clear that I would put it on the court.

So, you know, it was a tough one, but that's how it is. Who knows? Maybe two sets to love? Maybe wouldn't be enough at all. But hopefully for the next time.

Q. Do you think going to the net was a good idea?

TOMAS BERDYCH: Yeah, definitely it was. I mean, it was working quite well during the, I would say, whole match.

And I would do it again. I think it was‑‑ I get to the net after some dropshot or something like that, that I was playing forehand volley, and then moving to the other side.

So, no, I would go, anyway, same time.

Q. Do you find ‑‑ do you do that a lot? You said on court you felt differently. Do you find that after a tough loss you're really hard on yourself immediately after, and then the next day you look back and you say, Well, maybe I didn't play all that bad?

TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, I think it's more about just to sit with my team. You know, it's one kind of feeling, it's like my feeling, how I see it from my point of view on the court; then be the other one is like how the guys or my coach see it from the outside of the court, because the view could be quite different, you know, and the feeling could be different.

So it's more like, you know, that we sit together and we just try to find some positive/negative things from the game. And, you know, every game is different. So sometimes, you know, I think the most important thing is just to know how to learn from the bad experience, and then that's the only thing what can make you even better player.

Q. Your next player, Almagro, what are your thoughts on facing him after how you ended things with him in Australia?

TOMAS BERDYCH: What was happening there last time?

Q. That you didn't shake his hand at the end of the match.

TOMAS BERDYCH: I don't know. I mean, that's really just the past, and as I said, nothing serious happened. It's just the way that you guys coming up with these stories again and again.

So nothing. It's gonna be same match like any others, and I'm gonna try to find, fight, go through, try to go for the quarterfinal.

Q. Have you talked to him since then?

TOMAS BERDYCH: Yeah, I mean, we meeting many times in the locker room, practice courts, anywhere else. There is nothing wrong against it, and all is good.

Q. Were your parents Australia?


Q. Because I saw them at a tournament sometime recently.

TOMAS BERDYCH: Yeah. Well, Monte‑Carlo, US Open, actually, they've been last year. Yeah, they're gonna go...

Q. Nowhere this year?


Q. How do you feel when your parents are there watching? Does your father know much about tennis?

TOMAS BERDYCH: No, I mean, it's nice to have them with me on the couple of tournaments, because, you know, it's obviously not much time that I can spend with them.

You know, it's some kind of, like‑‑ because my father was the first who bring me to the tennis courts, give me the tennis racquets. So for him, it's just the best, I would say, the payout, you know, of all the time what he gave me.

Then he's able to now to be sitting there and watching the matches straight at the tournament. So, yeah, I like when they coming. And, you know, I will be thinking to bring them maybe more often.

Q. Does he have anything to do with how well you hit the ball?

TOMAS BERDYCH: Actually not now.

Q. Did he start you at the beginning? Did he start you, show you how to hit the ball?

TOMAS BERDYCH: Yeah, definitely. Yeah. He was the first one just to bring me on court and starts to hitting the balls with me. But actually, really like the basics of my strokes, I would say that it was my‑‑ it was my first coach that ‑‑ actually, he doesn't have to change it that much, but he gave me pretty much the basic of my tennis.

I start with him when I was like 9, 10 years old, so it was still good time to have enough to actually create my game.

Q. Was it created from any other player that you liked to try to play like when you were young?

TOMAS BERDYCH: Actually, never. Never.

I never had any, like, tennis idol that I would be just for one name or just following like a crazy that I want to look like him or play like him or anything like that.

So, you know, I always want to be myself, and hopefully it works well. And I try to keep it that.

Q. This tournament, they have increased the prize money significantly. Have you guys noticed that? What are your thoughts about that? Most of the money is for quarterfinalists on and not necessarily for the whole field. Any thoughts about that, and have people talked about it in the locker room?

TOMAS BERDYCH: No. Actually, I have never been in the conversation about that here that we would be talking about this prize money thing. My opinion, you know, I can see it from the both sides. You know, that there could be the side who likes it and they see why the tournament might like it like that.

I can also see why the people on the other side can find out actually we doesn't like it or we would like to see it a little bit differently. So actually I'm just trying focus myself, you know, because if you're gonna do well, it's just how it is, you know.

So I'm not here about‑‑ I'm not gonna change anything with that. So, I need to do my job and focus on court. The rest, it's gonna be‑‑ it's gonna be afterwards.

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