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2012 Paris Masters Quarter-Final: Tomas Berdych vs Gilles Simon

Posted on November 2, 2012 at 3:00 PM


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H2H Tomas Berdych vs Gilles Simon


Tournament Highlights:

• The 27-year-old Czech Republic native has an 18-6 record in Bercy and appearing in his fourth quarter-final (or better)…Opened Tuesday with a 76 62 win over No. 1 Italian Andreas Seppi and followed with a 16 63 64 victory over top South African Kevin Anderson

• This is the only ATP Masters 1000 event he has won, in 2005 (d. Ljubicic in final)…Also semi-finalist last year (d. No. 3 Murray in QF, l. to Federer) and quarter-finalist in ‘06 (l. to Hrbaty); reached 3rd Rd. three times (2007-08, ‘10) and 2nd Rd. in ‘09

2012 Highlights:

W(2): Montpellier (d Monfils); Stockholm (d Tsonga); F(2): ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid (l Federer); Winston-Salem (l Isner); SF(4): Rotterdam (l Del Potro); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Monte Carlo (l Djokovic); US Open (l Murray); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Shanghai (l Djokovic); QF(5): Australian Open (l Nadal); Dubai (l Murray); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Rome (l Nadal); Halle (l Haas); Tokyo (l Nishikori)

YTD W-L: 59-19 (39-11 on hard), 20-15 in Tie-breaks

YTD Titles: 2/Career Titles: 8

Date of Birth: September 17, 1985

South African Airways ATP Ranking: 6

2012 in Review:

• The top player from the Czech Republic is appearing in his 14th quarter-final of the season (8-5 in QFs), fifth in an ATP Masters 1000 (19-8 record)…Prior to Paris, he earned his second ATP World Tour title of the year, eighth in his career, on Oct. 21 in Stockholm (d. Tsonga 46 64 64)

• Has a 59-19 match record on the season and his match wins is a career-high (previous 53 last year), including 39-11 on hard courts and 16-1 indoors (only loss to del Potro in Rotterdam SFs)…Has a 6-11 record vs. Top 10 opponents

• Has a 2-2 record in finals this year, 8-8 in his career…In February, he captured second French title (’05 Bercy) in Montpellier (d. Monfils)…Also runner-up at ATP Masters 1000 Madrid (l. to Federer) in May and Winston-Salem (l. to Isner, held three match pts.) in August

• His best Grand Slam result was semi-finals at US Open (d. No. 1 Federer in QF, l. to Murray)…Also quarter-finalist at Australian Open (l. to Nadal)…Has reached QFs or better in all four Slams in career

• Qualified for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London for the third straight year and last season reached the semi-finals (l. to eventual champ Federer)




Order of Play – Friday, November 2, 2012

COURT CENTRAL - Matches Start At: 2:00 pm

Gilles SIMON (FRA) vs [5] Tomas BERDYCH (CZE)

followed by

[Q] Jerzy JANOWICZ (POL) vs [8] Janko TIPSAREVIC (SRB)

Not Before 7:30 PM

[6] Jo-Wilfried TSONGA (FRA) vs [4] David FERRER (ESP)

Not Before 8:30 PM

[WC] Michael LLODRA (FRA) vs Sam QUERREY (USA)



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Tomas Berdych in action against Gilles Simon (TV Captures)





Tomas prepares to serve to Gilles Simon

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Tomas Berdych lost to Gilles Simon



Simon Holds Off Berdych For SF Spot

Paris, France

by ATP Staff |  02.11.2012

France’s Gilles Simon reached the semi-finals of the BNP Paribas Masters for the first time on Friday in Paris-Bercy as he held off a second-set comeback from fifth seed Tomas Berdych to prevail 6-4, 6-4.

"I'm happy to play well here this year, because when I was young I grew up nearby and I came to see this tournament. It's a very special tournament to me," said Simon. "I always wanted to do well here. Until today, I always played awfully bad when I came here, so I'm trying to enjoy this year in Paris."

After losing the first set, Berdych led by a break early in the second set and had chances for a 4-0 lead. Simon fought back, though, and won six of the last seven games, rallying from 0/40 in the final game, to claim his fifth victory in seven meetings with Berdych.

"I had good feelings today, and I made very few unforced errors," said Simon. "So he had to do the work and fight a lot. I was very consistent during the whole match. I know when I play him that I have some weapons that can bother him, and I did well today."

Berdych now heads to London to compete at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, which begins Monday at The O2.


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Tomas Berdych in action against Gilles Simon of France in the Quarter Finals on day 5 of the BNP Paribas Masters at Palais Omnisports de Bercy on November 2, 2012 in Paris, France. Simon won 6-4, 6-4.


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