|Posted on November 5, 2012 at 3:10 PM|
H2H Tomas Berdych vs Andy Murray
BARCLAYS ATP WORLD TOUR FINALS 2012
London Monday Preview
Berdych, Murray Kick-Off Group A Match-Up
by Greg Sharko | 05.11.2012
In the opening session, No. 3 Andy Murray takes on No. 5 seed Tomas Berdych, who holds a 4-3 advantage in their head-to-head meetings (tied 1-1 indoors). Murray has compiled a 12-2 record on home soil this year, falling in his opening match at the Queen’s Club (l. to Mahut), then reaching the Wimbledon final (l. to Federer) and following with a gold medal performance at the London Olympics (d. Djokovic, Federer back-to-back). Berdych has been particularly successful against Murray and the Scot is the only member of the ‘Big Four’ Berdych has a winning record against (he is 4-3 against Murray but 1-10 against Djokovic, 5-11 against Federer and 3-12 against Nadal). Murray has gone 7-3 since his US Open title with all three losses coming after holding at least one match point. Last week he lost in the third round of Paris to Polish qualifier Jerzy Janowicz. Berdych has gone 13-3 since the US Open (and 6-1 indoors - he played two indoor events, winning Stockholm and reaching the quarter-finals in Paris, falling to Gilles Simon).
• The 27-year-old Czech Republic native is making his third straight appearance in the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals (3-4 record) and last two years opened round robin play against Novak Djokovic (lost both, last year in third set TB)
• Despite early loss, reached semi-finals one year ago, defeating Tipsarevic and Ferrer before losing to Tsonga 63 75
• In 2010 (went 1-2), lost to Djokovic, defeated Roddick and fell to Nadal in round robin play
Winner (2): Montpellier (d Monfils); Stockholm (d Tsonga); Final (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(6): Australian Open (l Nadal); Dubai (l Murray); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Rome (l Nadal); Halle (l Haas); Tokyo (l Nishikori); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Paris (l Simon)
YTD W-L: 59-20 (39-12 on hard, 16-2 indoor, 20-15 in Tie-breaks, 6-11 vs. Top 10)
YTD Titles: 2
Career Titles: 8
Date of Birth: September 17, 1985
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 6
• The top player from the Czech Republic finished in Top 10 for a third straight year, highlighted by two ATP World Tour titles and two runner-up efforts
• The last Czech player to finish in the Top 10 at least three years in a row was Ivan Lendl for 13 consecutive years from 1980-92
• Overall, reached QF or better 14 times, five in ATP Masters 1000 play, including last week in Paris (l. to Simon)…Played all nine ATP Masters 1000 events and compiled a 19-9 record
• He and countryman Radek Stepanek led Czech Republic to Davis Cup final (vs. Spain in Prague)…Went 5-0 in singles and 3-0 in doubles (w/Stepanek)
• Earned indoor titles in Montpellier (d. Monfils) and Stockholm (d. Tsonga) and reached finals in ATP Masters 1000 Madrid (l. to Federer) in May and Winston-Salem (l. to Isner, held three MPs) in August
• His 59 match wins is a career-high (previous 53 last year) and went 39-12 on hard courts, 16-2 indoors (only losses to del Potro in Rotterdam SF, Simon in Paris QF)…Had a 6-11 record vs. Top 10 opponents
• 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
Tomas Berdych reacts during the men's singles match against Andy Murray of Great Britain on day one of the ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 Arena on Monday, November 5, 2012 in London, England.
Tomas Berdych lost to Andy Murray
Tomas Berdych seen during the men's singles match against Andy Murray of Great Britain on day one of the ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 Arena on November 5, 2012 in London, England.
Tomas Berdych's Physio, Jose Felix Gonzalez
BARCLAYS ATP WORLD TOUR FINALS 2012
Murray Tops Berdych To Open Campaign
by James Buddell | 05.11.2012
Andy Murray opened his fifth straight appearance at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals with a victory on Monday, when the third seed defeated fifth-seeded Czech Tomas Berdych 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 in two hours and 17 minutes.
Murray, who will finish year-end No. 3 in the South African Airways ATP Rankings, improved to a 55-14 match record on the season after he hit 36 winners and seven aces past Berdych in the pair’s eighth meeting (4-4 overall).
“The noise and the atmosphere at the beginning of the match was great,” said Murray. “I thought I started the match well. I just didn't quite take my chances early on. Both of us I thought served pretty well [and] weren't losing too many points on our first serve. It can hinge on a couple points here or there. [Getting the break for a 3-1 lead] gave me the advantage in the second set. But the third set was tight as well.”
Berdych broke Murray to 30 to take a 4-2 lead and converted his second set point opportunity to silence the majority of the support at The O2 in London. The 27 year old won 21 of his 24 first service points and hit 12 winners, while Murray failed to convert any of his seven break point chances."
At the start of the second set, Murray found himself in trouble at 1-1, 15/40, but survived three break points and grew in confidence to break for a 3-1 lead, when he clinched his fourth chance. Berdych continued in an aggressive manner, attempting to keep the rallies short, but failed to win a tense seventh game, as Murray gained a mental advantage in the match.
Afterwards, Berdych admitted, “I think it was a very, very good and solid match, from both of us. Unfortunately, small details just decided it today. I think the biggest moment was in the second set, 1-1, when I had [three] breakpoints.”
Murray absorbed the pressure and took a 2-1 lead in the decider, when Berdych overcooked a crosscourt forehand approach. Murray went onto drop just three points in his next four service games to begin his Group A campaign as the season-ending championships.
The 25-year-old Scot is his hunting for a fourth title of the year, which includes the London 2012 Olympics gold medal (d. Federer), US Open (d. Djokovic) and Brisbane International (d. Dolgopolov). He has lost in the 2008 and 2010 semi-finals at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.
Berdych, who committed 27 unforced errors, one more than Murray, won 55 per cent of his service points and seven aces. He is the first Czech player to finish in the Top 10 at least three years in a row since Ivan Lendl, Murray’s coach, who did so for 13 straight years between 1980 and 1992.
Tomas Berdych in action against Andy Murray
BARCLAYS ATP WORLD TOUR FINALS
November 5, 2012
A. MURRAY/T. Berdych
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THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.
Q. Is that a match that you felt slipped away a little bit after you started so well?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, I mean, I think it was a very, very good and solid match, I mean, from both of us. Unfortunately there was just, well, small details that just decided today. Then, as you said, I can say that the match slip out little bit.
You know, I think the biggest moment was in the second set, 1 All, that I had that breakpoint. You know, just hit a forehand return, and it was just like small out. And, you know, who knows, it could be 2 1, early break after winning the first set. You know, there was a pretty good chance. But didn't happened.
Q. In the last week or so building up to what is a big couple of weeks in your career, is it possible for you at all to ignore the fact that you've got the Davis Cup next week? Have you been able to simply focus on this week?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Yeah, definitely. I'm here. You know, only when I'm getting questions from you guys, they are making me feel that the Davis Cup is coming for next week. That's it.
You know, I have a lots to do here, and then there is another week. That's it, you know. So I'm definitely here. I'm definitely, you know, focused on the matches here, and that's it.
Q. You've been in this situation before I think last year when you lost early, were able to come back and qualify for the semifinals. What is the thinking in your mind right now?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, first of all, I think it's a good thing not to play with this situation. So it would be better to win the first one, then would be much better situation for me. But, yeah, didn't happen.
Well, yeah, I know the experience from the last year. The reason to qualify, even to lose the first match, you know, it's not going to be only about you. You will need some luck as well. But that's how it is. It's the sport. So let's see.
It doesn't change for me. I'm going to be doing the same: try to get ready, try to be hundred percent for my next match, whoever opponent is going to be, you know, try to fight in the next game, try to win it, and then try to do it once more again.
Q. Were you expecting any more kind of volume of support for Andy from London? It seemed reasonably quiet in the arena.
TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, maybe, yeah. I was maybe expecting more. But as I said in the beginning, or yesterday, you know, the crowd here is just great. So, I mean, why to do some crazy things. We not playing Davis Cup. It's just a great showdown of the tennis.
So I think everybody enjoys that. It was a great game. Yeah, the people were great.
Q. Andy has missed a few match points in his last tournaments. He started missing breakpoints today. Was that something you were aware of, that he might start getting a bit nervous on the bigger points as he kept missing them?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Not at all. I mean, I was like I had full of my hands to try to figure it out, how to get from those breakpoints, not to be thinking if he's feeling good or not or if he's under pressure or not. I mean, you know, no.
I was really focusing myself. Whatever is happening there was just the game.
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