|Posted on August 24, 2012 at 12:00 AM|
H2H Tomas Berdych vs Steve Darcis
W: Montpellier (d Monfils); F: ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid (l Federer); SF(2): Rotterdam (l Del Potro); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Monte Carlo (l Djokovic); QF(4): Australian Open (l Nadal); Dubai (l Murray); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Rome (l Nadal); Halle (l Haas)
YTD W-L: 39-15 (21-7 on hard)
YTD Titles: 1
Career Titles: 7
Date of Birth: September 17, 1985
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 7
• Berdych, 26, the top player from the Czech Republic is compiling another consistent season with a 39-15 match record (21-7 on hard) with quarter-finals or better for the ninth time this year…Has cruised in his first two wins, defeating Alex Bogomolov Jr. 63 75 and No. 16 seed Jarkko Nieminen 63 62…Has not dropped serve in 20 games, saving five break points and leads in second serve pts. (73%)
• The past two weeks (after a bye) reached the third round at ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments in Toronto (l. to Gasquet) and Cincinnati (l. to Raonic)
• His best result was capturing a seventh career ATP World Tour title in Montpellier, France on Feb. 5 (d. Monfils in final)…Also a runner-up at ATP Masters 1000 Madrid in May (l. to Federer), his third in an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final (1-2) and fifth on clay (2-3)
• Also a semi-finalist in Rotterdam (l. to No. 10 del Potro) in February and Monte-Carlo (l. to Djokovic) in April along with quarter-finalist at Australian Open (l. to No. 2 Nadal) and fourth round at Roland Garros (l. to del Potro) and first round at Wimbledon (l. to Gulbis)
• In April 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
PREVIEWFirst on Center Court is unseeded Belgian Steve Darcis against No. 2 seed/World No. 7 Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic in a repeat of the first round at the London Olympics won by Darcis. It was his first career Top 10 victory (1-10). Both players have yet to lose serve this week.The 28-year-old Darcis has cruised into his fourth ATP World Tour quarter-final of the season, holding all 28 games. He’s trying to reach his second semi-final of the season (Eastbourne in June).Berdych has held serve all 20 games and he’s making his ninth quarter-final showing of the year. His best result was a seventh career ATP World Tour title in Montpellier, France in France. He also was runner-up at ATP Masters 1000 Madrid in May (l. to Federer).
Order of Play - Thursday, August 23, 2012
Center Court – Match Start At: 12:00 noon
Steve Darcis (BEL) vs [WC]  Tomas Berdych (CZE)
Not Before 3:00 PM
 Sam Querrey (USA) vs  Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR)
Not Before 5:00 PM
 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) vs  Marcel Granollers (ESP)
Not Before 7:00 PM
 John Isner (USA) vs David Goffin (BEL)
 Rohan Bopanna (IND)/Mariusz Fyrstenberg (POL) vs Pablo Andujar (ESP)/Leonardo Mayer (ARG)
Berdych Rallies Past Darcis, Will Play Querrey In SFs
by ATP Staff | 23.08.2012
Second-seeded Czech Tomas Berdych was forced to battle past Steve Darcis of Belgium for a 4-6, 6-2, 6-0 victory on Thursday to book his place in the Winston-Salem Open semi-finals.
Coming into the pair’s second meeting, Berdych had not had his serve broken in 20 games at the ATP World Tour 250 hard-court tournament. But Darcis broke twice in the first set, before Berdych fought back to win 53 of 80 points in the second and third sets.
"He started playing really well, without many mistakes," said Berdych. "I needed to change something. So I’m happy to finish the way I did. I stepped closer to the baseline; hit the ball quicker after the bounce to force him back closer to the fence. That's the way I need to play."
It was Berdych’s 40th match win of the season (40-15 overall). He will next bid to reach his third ATP World Tour final of the year, following a runner-up finish at the Mutua Madrid Open (l. to Federer) and title success at the Open Sud de France in Montpellier (d. Monfils).
Berdych will next play seventh-seeded American Sam Querrey, who prevailed against Ukrainian No. 4 seed Alexandr Dolgopolov 7-5, 4-6, 7-6(3) after two hours and 11 minutes. Querrey won 82 per cent of points behind his first serve and struck 20 aces to defeat Dolgopolov for the first time in three meetings. Dolgopolov had won their Washington semi-final clash earlier this month en route to the ATP World Tour 500 title.
“It feels good to get that win today, and the matches are just going to get tougher,” said Querrey. “I’m going to have to keep playing better if I want to keep winning. It looks like Berdych played well today, especially the second and third sets, so it’s going to be a tough one.”
World No. 28 Querrey is playing his fifth straight week on the ATP World Tour, and advances to his third semi-final of the summer hard-court swing. In addition to Washington, he captured the title in July at the Farmers Classic in Los Angeles (d. Berankis).
He entered the week at No. 2 in the 2012 Emirates Airline US Open Series Bonus Challenge standings, trailing Novak Djokovic, and will surpass the Serbian should he triumph this week in Winston-Salem. Querrey won the US Open Series Bonus Challenge in 2009.
Berdych reaches Winston-Salem semis
Former Wimbledon runner-up Tomas Berdych was a come-from-behind quarterfinal winner Thursday at the $550,000 Winston-Salem Open, a final U.S. Open tune-up. Winston-Salem, NC (Sports Network) - Former Wimbledon runner-up Tomas Berdych was a come-from-behind quarterfinal winner Thursday at the $550,000 Winston-Salem Open, a final U.S. Open tune-up.
The second-seeded Berdych, of the Czech Republic, overcame capable Belgian Steve Darcis 4-6, 6-2, 6-0 on the hardcourts at Wake Forest University.
Berdych will meet
fourth-seeded Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov orseventh- seeded American favorite Sam Querrey in Friday's semifinals.
The 2012 Winston-Salem champion will collect $73,930.
The Sports Network
Tomas Berdych returns a shot during his quarterfinals match against Steve Darcis at the Winston-Salem Open tennis tournament in Winston-Salem, N.C., Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012.
Tomas Berdych advances to semifinals in Winston-Salem Open
Thursday Afternoon: Berdych Into Semis
August 23, 2012
By John Delong (official site Winston-Salem Open)
Tomas Berdych came to the Winston-Salem Open feeling a sense of urgency, after being uncharacteristically inconsistent much of the summer.
He faced even more urgency after losing the first set to Steve Darcis in the quarterfinals on Thursday afternoon.
But the second-seeded Czech never panicked, and instead roared back for a 4-6, 6-2, 6-0 victory. That moves him into Friday’s semifinals against seventh-seeded Sam Querrey, who beat fourth-seeded Alexandr Dolgopolov 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (3) in the afternoon’s second match.
Berdych was pleased with the victory afterward, as he continued to build confidence and momentum going into next week’s US Open.
"I would say that so far I’m happy, not satisfied," he said. "But that means there is still more to play. I will be able to play one more and it would be nice to win both of them. I said at the beginning of the week, go step by step, so my next step is in the semifinal."
The World No. 7 defeated Alex Bogomolov Jr. and Jarkko Nieminen in earlier rounds. He came to Winston-Salem having lost five of his previous seven matches, going out in the first round in both the London Olympics and Wimbledon. He won one match in Cincinnati last week, and that’s what prompted him to ask for a wildcard here.
"My last three years were really consistent and all of a sudden I had the results I had this summer, but that is the sport, that’s the way it is," he said. "I didn’t want to lose those matches but all of a sudden it just happened, and that’s probably why I’m here to play more and then get the confidence. I have to keep working hard because the train is going quite fast and you need to stay with it."
Berdych clearly stuck with it against Darcis, the World No. 81 who had beaten Andy Roddick in the third round on Wednesday. Berdych made several tactical changes after the first set, and wound up winning the last nine games of the match. He broke Darcis six straight time in one stretch.
"The way he started, he was playing really well, was not making any mistakes and serving well and playing smart," Berdych said. "So I needed to change something, and it worked. I stepped a little closer to the baseline, started to hit the ball faster to the bounce, and it just changed the whole rhythm. Then, you know, the opponent starts to move back and back and by the end he was close to the fans, which is the way I need to play with the guys."
Berdych said it may have actually helped him to face some adversity.
"The beginning was not good, and that probably helps you even more," he said. "You have a challenge that you are able to get from the beginning of the match and you are able to turn it around and start to play well and finish it. So I thought it was a really good test, and I’m looking forward to my next match."
Berdych Through the Semi-Finals!