|Posted on October 5, 2012 at 3:05 PM|
H2H Tomas Berdych vs Kei Nishikori
Tomas Berdych has an impressive 12-3 mark in Tokyo and he’s in the quarter-finals (or better) for the fourth time.
W: Montpellier (d Monfils); F(2): ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid (l Federer); Winston-Salem (l Isner); SF(3): Rotterdam (l Del Potro); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Monte Carlo (l Djokovic); US Open (l Murray); QF(4): Australian Open (l Nadal); Dubai (l Murray); ATP Masters 1000 Rome (l Nadal); Halle (l Haas)
YTD W-L: 50-17 (30-9 on hard)
YTD Titles: 1/Career Titles: 7
Date of Birth: September 17, 1985
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 6
• Berdych, 27, the top Czech Republic native, enters with a 12-3 career mark in Tokyo and he’s appearing in the quarter-finals for the fourth time…Won the title in 2008 (d. del Potro), a semi-finalist in ’07 and quarter-finalist in ’09…This week has defeated Benoit Paire 61 76 and Alejandro Falla 63 75
• Has posted 50 match wins (50-17 record) for the second consecutive year (won 53 last season) and playing in his 11th quarter-final of the season
• He is on pace to finish in Top 10 for third straight year and in February, captured his seventh career ATP World Tour title in Montpellier (d. Monfils)…Also reached finals at ATP Masters 1000 Madrid (l. to Federer) in May and Winston-Salem in August (l. to Isner after holding three match pts.)
• He and Radek Stepanek led their country into the Davis Cup final (vs. Spain in Prague) next month
Compiled a 5-0 mark in singles en route to final
• In Grand Slam play, best results were semi-finals at US Open (d. No. 1 Federer in QF, l. to Murray in four sets) and quarter-finals at Australian Open (l. to Nadal).
SF: Kuala Lumpur (l Monaco); QF(6): Australian Open (l Murray); Buenos Aires (l Wawrinka); Barcelona (l Verdasco); Newport (l Ram); Atlanta (l Soeda); London Olympics (l Del Potro)
YTD W-L: 32-17 (18-10 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0/Career Titles: 1
Date of Birth: December 29, 1989
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 17
• Nishikori, 22, is making his fifth appearance in his home country tournament (4-4 record) and opened on Tuesday with a 46 62 63 win over countryman Go Soeda and followed with 57 61 60 victory over Tommy Robredo…He is first Japanese native in quarter-finals since Takao Suzuki in 2006 (l. to Federer in third set TB)…His previous best result was the third round in 2008 (l. to Gasquet)…
• Last weekend he reached his first semi-final of the season in Kuala Lumpur, losing to eventual champion Juan Monaco in three sets after holding match point…Prior to last week, his best results were six quarter-final showings – two on hard courts (Australian Open, Atlanta) two on clay (Buenos Aires, Barcelona) and two on grass (Newport, London Olympics)
• The top Asian player on the ATP World Tour comes in ranked No. 17 with a 32-17 match record (18-10 on hard) and reached a career-high No. 16 on March 19…Finished last season as highest-ranked Japanese player ever at No. 25
• Has a 1-2 career mark in ATP World Tour finals, winning his lone title in Delray Beach in February 2008 (d. Blake)…Also runner-up in Houston (l. to Sweeting) and Basel (l. to Federer) last season.
Order of Play – Friday, October 5, 2012
CENTRE COURT - Matches Start At: 11:00 am
Janko TIPSAREVIC (SRB)  vs Milos RAONIC (CAN) 
Andy MURRAY (GBR)  vs Stanislas WAWRINKA (SUI) 
[Q] Dmitry TURSUNOV (RUS) vs Marcos BAGHDATIS (CYP)
Kei NISHIKORI (JPN)  vs Tomas BERDYCH (CZE) 
Jeremy CHARDY (FRA)/Marcelo MELO (BRA) vs Alexander PEYA (AUT)/Bruno SOARES (BRA) 
Kei Nishikori ousted second-seeded Tomas Berdych
Tomas Berdych plays a forehand in his quarter final match against Kei Nishikori of Japan during day five of the Rakuten Open at Ariake Colosseum on October 5, 2012 in Tokyo, Japan.
RAKUTEN OPEN 2012
Nishikori Upsets Berdych To Seal Milestone
by ATP Staff | 05.10.2012
Eighth seed Kei Nishikori became the first Japanese player to reach the semi-finals of the Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships, upsetting No. 2 seed Tomas Berdych 7-5, 6-4 on Friday in Tokyo.
Squaring off for the fourth time, Nishikori created 13 break point opportunities against the big-serving Berdych, breaking the Czech four times. The 21 year old had no trouble closing out the World No. 6 to advance in one hour and 58 minutes. Nishikori improved to 3-1 versus the recent US Open semi-finalist, avenging an earlier season loss at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters.
The 17th-ranked Nishikori is into the semi-finals of an Asian-swing event for the second straight week following his last four showing in Kuala Lumpur, where he lost to eventual champion Juan Monaco. Nishikori is aiming to advance to his first final in 2012, with his most recent title match appearance coming last year in Basel (l. to Federer). He is looking to win his first title since capturing the Delray Beach crown in 2008 as a qualifier.
Tomas Berdych crashed out in the day’s late quarter-final, beaten 7-5 6-4 by local favourite Kei Nishikori
Tomas prepares to serve against Kei Nishikori
Tomas congratulates Kei Nishikori at the net