|Posted on September 3, 2012 at 11:00 AM|
Tomas is through to the fourth round of the US Open for the first time since 2007. He goes onto face Spaniard Nicolas Almagro on Monday. He is 6-3 versus Almagro, winning two of their three hard-court meetings, most recently at this year's Australian Open. Tomas is bidding to reach the quarter-finals for the first time on his 10th appearance.
H2H Tomas Berdych vs Nicolas Almagro
Order of Play - Monday, September 3, 2012
Armstrong Stadium - Match Start At: 11:00 AM
Men's Singles - 4th Round
Nicolas Almagro (ESP)  vs Tomas Berdych (CZE) 
Women's Singles - 4th Round
Angelique Kerber (GER)  vs Sara Errani (ITA) 
Women's Singles - 4th Round
Roberta Vinci (ITA)  vs Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) 
Men's Singles - 4th Round
Marin Cilic (CRO)  vs Martin Klizan (SVK)
Berdych advances to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open
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Milestone for Berdych
Tomas Berdych reached his first quarter-final at Flushing Meadows with a dominant 7-6 (7/4) 6-4 6-1 victory over 11th seed Nicolas Almagro.
The first set was tight but Berdych gradually wore down Almagro and in the third set the Spaniard cut a frustrated figure as the Czech set up a meeting with world No 1 Roger Federer who had a walkover as scheduled opponent Mardy Fish pulled out for health reasons.
Berdych felt winning the first set had been crucial in getting the edge.
He said: "I think the key was the first set, which was really close, especially the tie-break was decided in one or two points. I was the one who made it, and then I started even better in the second set when I had my chance for the break."
Although Berdych has now played four sets more than Federer in the tournament, he does not feel the walkover will have an effect when they meet in two days' time.
The Czech said: "It's at least good that I didn't stay that long on court, that I was able to save some energy as well.
"But we have a day off. I think it's going to be fine. Probably he doesn't care at all. Maybe if I would be in his situation, I would rather play a match and win it and keep the rhythm of one day match, one day off, and then play another one."
Berdych and Federer last met at the Masters Series tournament in Madrid in the spring, with the Swiss winning in three tough sets, but Berdych knows he is facing a different player here.
He said: "Our last six matches we played it's 3-3, so it's a quite nice statistics. But this is another one. We didn't play for a couple of months.
"In that time he played some incredible tennis again. He won another grand slam, become number one again, so there is no better player at all to play right now.
"When I saw the draw in the beginning, that was the goal to get to play a match with Roger. I'm there, so I will try to do my best."
Tomas Berdych reacts after winning his men's singles fourth round match against Nicolas Almagro of Spain on Day Eight of the 2012 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 3, 2012 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.
Tomas Berdych in action against Nicolas Almagro
Tomas Berdych became the third Czech man in the Open Era to reach the quarter-finals at each major, joining Petr Korda and Ivan Lendl.
US OPEN 2012
Berdych Dismisses Almagro To Set Federer QF
New York, U.S.A.
by ATP Staff | 03.09.2012
Tomas Berdych reached the US Open quarter-finals for the first time.
World No. 7 Tomas Berdych reached the quarter-finals at the US Open for the first time on Monday as he finished strongly to dismiss Spain’s Nicolas Almagro 7-6(4), 6-4, 6-1. The Czech will face top seed Roger Federer in the last eight after the Swiss advanced to his 38th Grand Slam quarter-final when Mardy Fish was forced to withdraw prior to their match with a health concern.
"I am really sorry for Mardy," said Federer. "I just want to wish him a speedy recovery. We all want to see him back on tour soon.
"It will be a tough match against Tomas. We have played many times in the past and he has always been a tough opponent. I will have to continue to serve well and dictate the points."
"He has been playing some incredible tennis again," said Berdych of Federer. "He won another Grand Slam, become No. 1 again, so probably there is no better player at all to play right now. When I saw the draw in the beginning, I was like, 'Yeah, that would be the goal to get into play a match with Roger.' I'm there, so I will try to do my best. We will see."
In his 10th meeting with the 11th-seeded Almagro, Berdych edged the first set in a tie-break before claiming the first break of serve in the seventh game of the second set. From there, the Czech dominated, winning eight of the next 10 games to claim victory in two hours.
"I think the key was the first set, which was really close, especially the tie-break was decided in one or two points," said Berdych. "I was the one who made it, and then I started even better in the second set when I get my chance for the break."
The 26-year-old Berdych captured his 200th hard-court victory as he became the third Czech man in the Open Era to reach the quarter-finals at each major, joining Petr Korda and Ivan Lendl. At Wimbledon two years ago, he went onto reach the final, finishing runner-up to Rafael Nadal.
After mixed results over the summer, Berdych found his form the week leading into Flushing Meadows, reaching the final of the Winston-Salem Open (l. to Isner). Earlier in the year the right-hander had won the Open Sud de France title in Montpellier (d. Monfils) and reached the final at the Mutua Madrid Open (l. to Federer).
Berdych will look to overturn a 4-11 record against the 31-year-old Federer. The Swiss is chasing a sixth title in New York and has not dropped a set in his three matches so far.
The 30-year-old Fish had been set to contest the US Open last 16 for the fourth time. In a statement, the American said, "I regret that I have to withdraw from the US Open for precautionary measures. I was reluctant to do so, but am following medical advisement. I had a good summer and look forward to resuming my tournament schedule in the fall."
ATP Homepage of Monday, September 3, 2012
Tomas reached the US Open quarter-finals for the first time by defeating Nicolas Almagro in straight sets
Czechs and Balances: Berdych into quarters
by Richard Osborn (official US Open website)
Monday, September 3, 2012
Sixth-seeded Tomas Berdych moved on to his first-ever US Open quarterfinal on Monday with a straight-sets 7-6(4), 6-4, 6-1 Labor Day win over No. 11 seed Nicolas Almagro of Spain at Louis Armstrong Stadium.
With the win, Berdych joined some elite company. He became only the third Czech man to reach the quarterfinals of all four majors, joining Ivan Lendl and Petr Korda.
Both players were sharp early, the opening set coming down to a tiebreak that Berdych seized with four of his 10 first-set aces. There were no breaks of serve until the seventh game of the second set. That’s when Berdych capitalized on only his second break-point opportunity of the afternoon when one of Almagro’s sweeping one-handed backhands sailed long, giving his opponent a 4-3 edge. After an Almagro hold, the Tomas Krupa-coached Czech went on to serve out the set.
A clearly deflated Almagro, who finished with 31 unforced errors, struggled early in the third set, broken on his first two service games to fall behind 3-0. He never recovered. Serving for the match at 5-1, Berdych closed out the two-hour contest when an Almagro backhand stab floated wide.
It was their fourth encounter of 2012, the most memorable being a heated fourth-round matchup at the Australian Open, when Berdych pointedly accused his opponent of headhunting after the Spaniard went at him at the net. Despite his 4-6, 7-6(5), 7-6(3), 7-6(2) win, he refused to shake Almagro’s hand and was subsequently showered in a chorus of boos.
Berdych finished with 17 aces and 39 winners. He now faces Roger Federer, who gained a pass into the quarters when Mardy Fish withdrew from the tournament on Monday.
Tomas shakes hands with Nicolas Almagro
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Tomas Berdych looks ahead to his quarter-final clash with Roger Federer after beating Nicolas Almagro on Monday in New York.
An interview with: TOMAS BERDYCH
Monday, September 3, 2012
THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.
Q. What was the key for today?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, I think the key was the first set, which was really close, especially the tiebreak was deciding in one or two points. I was the one who made it, and then I start even better in the second set when I get my chance, you know, for the break. Yeah, I think the key was definitely the first set.
Q. You face Federer now; he had a walkover. Does it really bother you that he didn't have to play a match today? Are you any worse for wear?
TOMAS BERDYCH: No, I just said on court that at least good that I didn't stay that long on court, you know, that I was able to save some energy, as well. But, you know, we have a day off. I think it's going to be fine. I mean, about him probably he doesn't care at all. Maybe if I would be in his situation I would be rather to play a match and win it and, you know, keep the rhythm of, you know, one day match, one day off, and then play another one. But probably he's gonna be fine with that. That's how it is.
Q. Can you talk about your matchups with Roger over the years and what you expect when you play him?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, I mean, our last actually six matches we played it's 3‑All, so it's a quite nice statistics. But, you know, this is another one. We didn't play couple of months. In that time, I mean, he played some incredible tennis again. You know, he won another Grand Slam, become No. 1 again, so, you know, probably is not ‑‑ there is no better player at all to play right now, so, yeah, I mean, when I saw the draw in the beginning, it was like, Yeah, that would be the goal to get into play a match with Roger. I'm there, so I will try to do my best. We will see.
Q. You had, I don't know, eight or nine matches. You beat him obviously in Athens and then eight or nine times you lost to him, but it has gotten close lately. Do you have a different approach now because of that when you play him? The last few matches have been a lot closer ‑ not closer, but at least you've won, as you say, three of the last six.
TOMAS BERDYCH: Yeah, I mean, last matches it's tough to say if I get closer or not. I mean, I was able to beat him three times, so whatever situation it was it just happens. So he's now strong again and we will see how it's gonna be, but I think it's gonna be quite different match than the matches before. You know, I'm different player as well. I'm getting, you know, more experience and, yeah, feeling good. So we will see what's gonna happen there.
Q. What's the difference with you since Toronto and Cincinnati where you didn't play too well and you seem to be playing a lot better here?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, yeah, that's definitely different, you know, from the time there. But, you know, the season is long. Yeah, of course it's a goal to be able to keep playing well every week by week, but once it didn't happen, it's just the thing that, you know, you have to deal with that, you know, work hard again, and, you know, win couple of matches and your confidence can get back. That's what every tennis player needs.
Q. The top three players have won 30 out of the last 31 majors; Del Potro obviously won here. Is it purely talent? Is it purely physical? Is there also a psychological component to it?
TOMAS BERDYCH: No, I don't think so. Well, I don't know what could be like psychological thing. I don't see it. I mean, they are too good. I think the statistics just makes it quite clear. That's how it is. I mean, probably if there wouldn't be three of them, would be maybe one or two, it would definitely be different. But, you know, once one player is on the run winning almost everything, you know, then he get maybe injured or something, then there is another one, you know and he took a spot from him. Like Rafa was winning, and next season it was Novak doing the same. Now Roger is back. You know, they are quite strong. I mean, probably these three great players in, like, let's say one time probably that it would never happen again. Yeah, that's how it is. We have to deal with that.
Q. Your parents are here. I see them walking around like tourists having a good time. Is it enjoyable to have them here for a tournament like this?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Yeah, it's really nice. I mean, they are not able to go to every tournament with me. You know, they go just few tournaments a year, so this is the one. Yeah, they definitely enjoy it. They like to come here. You know, I mean, probably doesn't matter on the place in the world. If you're playing well, then they enjoy it even more. So, so far, yeah, I'm doing well. I hope they can bring me some good luck.
Q. They know your tennis since you were a small boy. Did they ever give you any advice about the way you're playing or something?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, I mean, yeah, they spend and give me so much of their time when I was a kid. It's just because of them that I'm able to sit here and talking after winning matches. So, I mean, it wouldn't be on them and they wouldn't give me their free time, I wouldn't play tennis. Yeah, so that's how it is. Probably that's the biggest advice or kind of advice that they make.
Q. Tomorrow night could be Andy Roddick's last match; he's playing Del Potro. Could you talk a little about what he meant for the game or means for the game.
TOMAS BERDYCH: Yeah, I mean, it's another great, great player who's just I would say unfortunately leaving from us. He made a decision that it's his last tournament. We will definitely miss him. I mean, it was definitely a huge personality and the guy that brings a lot for our sport and makes so many great results, probably all that you can achieve in tennis. Yeah, his career was just successful enough and probably he deciding in the right moment, but only he knows when it is. So just I can wish him all the best for the forward what he's gonna do and we will miss him.
Q. Does your shirt say NSW? Does it stand for New South Wales?
TOMAS BERDYCH: No, no, no. I get many questions, especially when I saw Lleyton. He was like, Oh, yeah. So, no, no, it's not like that. It's like Nike Sportswear or something.
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