|Posted on May 13, 2012 at 3:30 PM|
FEDERER GOES FOR 20TH ATP MASTERS 1000 TITLE, BERDYCH NO. 2
• One player will try to tie the record for most ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles while the other will try to win his first such title in six and a half years, all in the final of the Mutua Madrid Masters on Sunday.
• Having played his last match 44 days earlier, World No. 3 Roger Federer made his return to the ATP World Tour on Wednesday with a nail-biting win over Milos Raonic, coming from a set down and saving all seven of the Canadian’s break points in the second and third sets to prevail, 46 75 76(4); since that escape he has cruised past No. 14 seed Richard Gasquet, No. 5 seed David Ferrer and No. 7 seed Janko Tipsarevic in straight sets to reach the final; Federer is now an impressive 44-3 since last year’s US Open semi-finals (l. to Djokovic in five sets).
• Federer is playing his 104th ATP World Tour final (73-30 mark) and 32nd ATP Masters 1000 final (19-12 ). Only rival Rafael Nadal has won more ATP Masters 1000 titles with 20). Federer will rise from No. 3 to No. 2 in the South African Airways ATP Rankings if he wins this title (it would be his first time at No. 2 since the week of March 14, 2011).
• After being stopped in his two previous ATP Masters 1000 clay semi-finals in Monte Carlo, World No. 7 Tomas Berdych has now broken through to his first ATP Masters 1000 clay final, not losing a set en route to the final and scoring some particularly impressive wins in his last three matches against Top 20 players Gael Monfils, Fernando Verdasco and Juan Martin del Potro (whom he had lost to three times in a row). Berdych is playing in his 14th ATP World Tour final (7-6 mark) and third ATP Masters 1000 final (he is 1-1 in his first two, winning Paris in 2005 and finishing runner-up at Miami in 2010).
• Federer leads Berdych in their head-to-head, 10-4; Federer was actually 8-1 against him as of the end of 2009 but Berdych has closed the gap a little, winning three of their five matches since the start of 2010. However, Federer has won both of their clay court meetings in straight sets (in 2005-06).
H2H Tomas Berdych vs Roger Federer
WHAT’S AT STAKE
Winner: €585,800 and 1,000 South African Airways ATP Ranking points
Runner-up: €287,225 and 600 South African Airways ATP Ranking points
Federer Appearing in his 104rd ATP World Tour level final ... 73-30 record (3-0 in 2012)
Appearing in his 32st ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final ... 19-12 record
Appearing in his 25th ATP World Tour clay final ... 9-15 record
Berdych Appearing in his 14th ATP World Tour level final ... 7-6 record (1-0 in 2012)
Appearing in his 3rd ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final ... 1-1 record
Appearing in his 5th ATP World Tour clay final ... 2-2 record
ROAD TO THE FINAL
(3) Roger Federer (SUI #3)
1st Rd: bye
2nd Rd: d. Milos Raonic (CAN #23) 46 75 76(4) (2:13)
3rd Rd: d. (14) Richard Gasquet (FRA #18) 63 62 (0:58)
QF: d. (5) David Ferrer (ESP #6) 64 64 (1:22)
SF: d. (7) Janko Tipsarevic (SRB #8) 62 63 (1:07)
(6) Tomas Berdych (CZE #7)
1st Rd: bye
2nd Rd: d. Kevin Anderson (RSA #35) 64 63 (1:20)
3rd Rd: d. (12) Gael Monfils (FRA #14) 61 61 (0:50)
QF: d. (15) Fernando Verdasco (ESP #19) 61 62 (1:06)
SF: d. (10) Juan Martin del Potro (ARG #11) 76(5) 76(6) (2:18)
• The 26-year-old Czech Republic native is playing in Madrid for the eighth time in nine years (except ’10) and enters his first final with an 11-7 mark…This week has not lost a set in wins over Kevin Anderson 64 63, No. 12 seed Gael Monfils 61 61 (winning 28 of 32 pts. on serve), No. 15 seed Fernando Verdasco 61 62 and No. 10 Juan Martin del Potro 76(5) 76(6)
• He is trying to become first player from Czech Republic to win the title (Jiri Novak was runner-up in ’02)
• Has held serve 35 of 37 games (96%) en route to the final, saving six of eight break points (held first 26 games before losing serve twice in SFs)…Also has won 13 of 35 return games (37%) and converted 13 of 15 break points (87%)
• His previous best result was the semi-finals in 2006 (d. No. 6 Roddick, No. 2 Nadal, l. to No. 10 Gonzalez) and a quarter-finalist last year (l. to Bellucci)
W: Montpellier (d Monfils); SF: Rotterdam (l Del Potro); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Monte Carlo (l Djokovic); QF: Australian Open (l Nadal); Dubai (l Murray)
YTD W-L: 26-6 (9-1 on clay)
YTD Titles: 1
Career Titles: 7 (2 on clay)
Date of Birth: September 17, 1985
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 7 (Career-high No. 6 on October 18, 2010)
2012 in Review:
• The top player from the Czech Republic comes into his second ATP World Tour final in eight tournaments with a 26-6 match record (9-1 on clay)…Four of his losses have come to Top 10 opponents
• He is appearing in his 14th career ATP World Tour final (7-6 mark), third in an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final (1-1) and fifth on clay (2-2)
• His best result was capturing his seventh career ATP World Tour title in Montpellier, France on Feb. 5 (d. Monfils in final)…Also a semi-finalist in Rotterdam (l. to No. 10 del Potro) and Monte-Carlo (l. to Djokovic) along with quarter-finalist at Australian Open (l. to No. 2 Nadal) and Dubai (l. to No. 4 Murray)
• In first two ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments in March, reached fourth round in Indian Wells (l. to No. 12 Almagro) and third round in Miami (l. to Dimitrov)
• Prior to Monte Carlo, won both of his singles Davis Cup QF matches vs. Serbia, defeating Viktor Troicki and Janko Tipsarevic, both in straight sets…Czech Republic will play Argentina in SFs in September
• Has a 2-4 mark vs. Top 10 opponents this year (28-64 in career)…Also 1-4 in finals vs. Top 10 opponents with lone win over No. 10 Ljubicic in 2005 Paris final
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 History:
• Has a 1-1 career mark in finals, capturing his first title in Paris in 2005 (d. Ljubicic in five sets) and reaching final in ’10 Miami (l. to Roddick)…With a title here, he would become the first player to win ATP Masters 1000 titles more than five years apart
• Also SF in ’06 Madrid, ’07 Monte Carlo, ’08 Miami, ’11 Cincinnati, ’11 Paris, ’12 Monte Carlo
• Has a 101-64 career match record and one of 12 active player with at least 100 wins
Order of Play – Sunday, May 13, 2012
MANOLO SANTANA - Start 11:00 am
 Robert Lindstedt (SWE)/Horia Tecau (ROU) vs  Mariusz Fyrstenberg/Marcin Matkowski(POL)
Not Before 1:30 PM
WTA -  Victoria Azarenka (BLR) vs  Serena Williams (USA)
Not Before 4:30 PM
 Roger Federer (SUI) vs  Tomas Berdych (CZE)
a tight match… so sorry Tomas lost <3
*He played so well, just missed a bit of luck, so sad*
ATP NEWSRoger Federer def. Tomas Berdych
Berdych made the better start to the final, breaking straight away for a 2-0 lead. The Czech was denied a set point chance in the eighth game, but closed it out on serve in the following game. Federer looked set to level the match after an early service break in the second set, but squandered a set point in the ninth game as Berdych fought back to level. A double fault from the Czech proved costly in the 12th game, though, as Federer broke once more to steal the set.
After saving two break points at the start of the third set, Federer broke through in the eighth game courtesy of successive double faults from Berdych, who had just rallied from 0/40 with three aces. However, Berdych again hit back, breaking immediately to level up at 5-5. The Czech’s lives ran out in the 12th game. He recovered from a 0/40 deficit, but could not deny Federer on his fourth match point as he prevailed in two hours and 38 minutes.
It was Federer’s 11th win in 15 meetings with Berdych. He came into the clash with the Czech player having lost three of their past five matches, including defeat in the 2010 Wimbledon quarter-finals.
Federer triumphed in Madrid for the third time in five finals. The right-hander lifted the trophy for the first time in 2006 (d. Gonzalez), when it was an indoor hard-court tournament, before regaining the trophy in 2009 (d. Nadal) on clay. He was runner-up in 2007 (l. to Nalbandian) and 2010 (l. to Nadal).
World No. 7 Tomas Berdych was bidding to win his second ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crown, following victory in Paris in 2005. This season’s Montpellier champion (d. Monfils) dropped to a 7-7 record in tour-level finals. He had been in impressive form throughout the week at La Caja Magica, storming through to the final without dropping a set, including victories over Fernando Verdasco and Juan Martin del Potro.
"I would just say that it was a very close game," assessed Berdych. "You sometimes need to make those small adjustments to win a match like this, but it wasn't my case today.
"The week was great until the last day," he continued. "Right now I am really upset and I am sad because of how I finished it. I lost the final but in a couple of hours I am going to see it in a more positive way. I had a great week, I beat a lot of great guys and made it to the finals."
Tomas looks so sad *hug*
Que lástima! Que triste! Adios Madrid.
Federer gives Berdych blues with fightback win
Roger Federer left a lasting impression on the Madrid Open’s controversial blue claycourt when the Swiss maestro ground out a thrilling 3-6, 7-5, 7-5 victory over Czech Tomas Berdych to match Rafa Nadal’s record of 20 Masters titles.
it was the final of the Madrid Masters 2012 ... better luck next time Tomas <3