|Posted on August 24, 2012 at 2:00 PM|
Tomas Berdych continued his US Open preparations with a hard-fought three-set victory over Steve Darcis of Belgium to book a place in the Winston-Salem Open semi-finals. Next up for Berdych is seventh-seeded American Sam Querrey, who needed more than two hours to get past Alexandr Dolgopolov 7-5 4-6 7-6(3).
H2H Tomas Berdych vs Sam Querrey
Order of Play – Friday, August 24, 2012
Center Court – Match Start At: 12:00 noon
Santiago Gonzalez (MEX)/Scott Lipsky (USA) vs David Marrero (ESP)/Andre Sa (BRA)
Not Before 3:00 PM
 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) vs  John Isner (USA)
Not Before 6:30 PM
 Sam Querrey (USA) vs [WC]  Tomas Berdych (CZE)
Pablo Andujar (ESP)/Leonardo Mayer (ARG) vs [WC] Jonathan Erlich (ISR)/Andy Ram (ISR)
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: 40-15 (22-7 on hard), 14-11 in Tie-breaks
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 40-15 match record (22-7 on hard) with semi-finals for the fifth time this year (2-2 mark)…Has lost one set this week, defeating Alex Bogomolov Jr. 63 75, No. 16 seed Jarkko Nieminen 63 62 and Steve Darcis 46 62 60…Leads the tournament in return games won (12 of 30, 40%), converting 12 of 21 break points (57%) and has held serve 29 of 32 games (91%)
• 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
REMATCH TIME – This could be the first of two meetings in the next week. If Berdych and Querrey win their first two matches at the US Open, they would square off in the third round at Flushing Meadows. Berdych is seeded No. 6 and Querrey No. 27. They are in the top quarter of the draw along with No. 1 Roger Federer.
Great Job Tomas!
Tomas Berdych returns a shot to Sam Querrey of the USA during the semifinals of the Winston-Salem Open at Wake Forest University on August 24, 2012 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Friday Night: Berdych Breaks Querrey
August 24, 2012
By John Delong
Breakfast at Wimbledon?
How about Break Fest at the Winston-Salem Open?
That was the story on Friday night as second-seeded Tomas Berdych beat Sam Querrey 6-4, 6-3 to advance to Saturday’s finals against John Isner.
In a match that saw eight breaks of serve, Berdych created 18 break point opportunities and converted five of them, as he rallied after being down a break in both sets.
Afterward, the World No. 7 was quick to say that he was surprised at how the match unfolded with so many breaks, especially since Querrey is known for having one of the best serves on the ATP World Tour.
"It is unusual," Berdych said. "I can play with someone that is not serving as well as Sam and some of the other guys, and I’m struggling to break them for two, three sets, maybe he has service with more slice, spin. But somehow you play with a player and you have a feeling and you know a little bit how to read his serve and it just makes it all of a sudden much more easier. That’s probably what it is when I play Sam."
Berdych came to the Winston-Salem Open as a last-minute wildcard entry. He beat Alex Bogomolov Jr., Jarkko Nieminen and Steve Darcis in previous rounds.
"So far, so good," Berdych said. "The mission is still open. There is still one more to go which is tomorrow. But the week is going well so far. I keep winning matches, and I think every player likes that. So it’s probably the best week I can have before the Open."
Berdych broke Querrey on Querrey’s final two service games to win the first set, then did the same thing in the second set. Querrey had 18 aces, but won just 11 of his 40 second serve points.
"I played some decent return games," Querrey said. "I broke him a few times. But on my service games, I was throwing in double faults, a couple of easy forehands, and just giving him too many easy breaks on my game points. That makes it tough. I just kinda gave it to him."
Querrey and Berdych both agreed that returning service against Isner will be the key to Saturday’s finals. Berdych owns a 2-1 edge over Isner in previous matches, with Berdych winning twice on clay at Roland Garros and Dusseldorf in 2010 and Isner winning on a hardcourt at Washington in 2009.
"It’s definitely going to be the key to the match, the decider for sure," Berdych said. "I think we play three times. He beat me in Washington, but I beat him twice. Actually in those two matches I was quite successful with breaking his serve. I played him in the French Open and I broke him seven times in one match. It was on clay, it was a couple years ago, so we’ll see what’s going to happen. He’s playing at home, he wants to win as bad as me, so we’ll see. It should be a close match."
"Tomorrow’s going to be tough," Querrey said. "With John serving the way he is, it’s going to be tough for Tomas to break him. But he’s a good returner. I think John, if he can step on some of Tomas’ second serves and put on some pressure, I think he’s got a good chance tomorrow."
Tomas Berdych tops Sam Querrey to reach final of the Winston-Salem Open
Berdych defeated seventh-seeded American Sam Querrey 6-4, 6-3 in the semi-finals on Friday.
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