|Posted on May 10, 2013 at 8:00 PM|
Milestone Men Murray, Berdych To Clash in QFs at Madrid Open
Andy Murray and Tomas Berdych both joined the 400 match wins club with their opening wins at the Mutua Madrid Open, and the two will now face off for a semi-final spot on Friday at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament.
Murray battled from a set and a break down in a late-night match Thursday in the Spanish capital, capitalising on his sixth match point to defeat Frenchman Gilles Simon 2-6, 6-4, 7-6(6). It was his 11th straight win over Simon, with his sole loss coming in their first meeting six years ago in Rome.
Sixth seeded Berdych, who reached the finals here last year when he lost to Roger Federer, ended the run of big serving South African Kevin Anderson 7-6(5), 7-5 and will meet the winner of the match between Andy Murray and Gilles Simon.
Murray and Berdych have split their eight previous meetings. Murray claimed their past two encounters, most recently at last November's Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, but the Czech has won their two matches on clay.
HEAD TO HEAD
(3) Andy Murray (GBR) vs (6) Tomas Berdych (CZE) Tied 4-4
2005 Basel (Switzerland) Carpet (I) R16 Andy Murray 6-4 2-6 6-4
2006 Adelaide (Australia) Hard R16 Tomas Berdych 7-6(2) 4-6 6-1
2010 Roland Garros (France) Clay R16 Tomas Berdych 6-4 7-5 6-3
2011 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Paris Hard (I) QF Tomas Berdych 4-6 7-6(5) 6-4
2012 Dubai (U.A.E.) Hard QF Andy Murray 6-3 7-5
2012 ATP Masters 1000 Monte Carlo Clay QF Tomas Berdych 6-7(4) 6-2 6-3
2012 US Open (U.S.A.) Hard SF Andy Murray 5-7 6-2 6-1 7-6(7)
2012 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals Hard (I) RR Andy Murray 3-6 6-3 6-4
Andy Murray Tomas Berdych
Sets Won: 12 12
Tiebreak Sets Won: 2 2
Match Wins By Surface:
Clay: 0 2
Hard: 3 2
Carpet: 1 0
• The 25-year-old Scot enters with a 16-5 record and into the quarter-finals after wins over Florian Mayer 76 76 and No. 16 seed Gilles Simon 26 64 76 in two hrs., 57 mins. Has never lost in the opening round in six previous appearances (15-5 record)
• Won title in 2008 on hard courts (d. No. 2 Federer in SF, Simon in F). Also QF in 2009 (l. to No. 5 del Potro) and ’10 (l. to No. 12 Ferrer). Last visit two years ago, lost in third round (l. to Bellucci)
W(2): Brisbane (d Dimitrov); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami (d Ferrer); F: Australian Open (l Djokovic); QF: ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Indian Wells (l Del Potro)
2013 in Review:
• The World No. 3 comes in with a 22-3 record (3-1 on clay) and recorded his 400th career ATP World Tour-level win (401-126) over Florian Mayer. In his first clay court tournament, lost in the third round at ATP Masters 1000 Monte-Carlo (l. to Wawrinka) on April 18
• Playing in in fifth ATP World Tour QF of the year (3-1), last year QF or better 12 times on the ATP World Tour, 9-3 record in QF matches
• Appearing in his 32nd career ATP Masters 1000 QF, 20-11 (3-3 on clay) record in QF matches
• He captured his ninth career ATP Masters 1000 title in Miami on Mar. 31 (d. No. 5 Ferrer in third set TB, saving 1 MP at 5-6 in 3rd set). It was first time in his career he saved a match point in an ATP World Tour final and it was also first time he had come back from a set down in a semi-final (d. Gasquet 67(3) 61 62) and final (d. Ferrer 26 64 76(1) to win an ATP World Tour title. He also won Miami 2009
• Reached QF at ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells (l. to del Potro), his first tournament since losing in the final at the Australian Open to Djokovic in four sets on Jan. 27. Beat Federer in five sets in SFs, for the first time at a major. Was attempting to become the first British man to win the title since Fred Perry in 1934 (1-5 in major finals)
• Began his ATP World Tour season by winning a second-straight Brisbane title (d. Dimitrov), his 25th career ATP World Tour level title
• Prior to the start of Indian Wells he was named Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year Award winner in Rio de Janeiro. Last year, captured his first major championship at the US Open, the London 2012 Olympics singles gold medal and mixed doubles silver medal
• Has a career 64-50 (3-2 in 2013) record vs Top 10 opponents
• Berdych is playing in Madrid for the ninth time in 10 years (except ’10) and is coming off a runner-up last year (l. to Federer). He opened Wednesday with a 67 63 62 win over Jerzy Janowicz.
• Has a 12-8 career record. He was first Czech Republic finalist since Jiri Novak in 2002 (W/O vs. Agassi). Also a SF in 2006 (d. No. 6 Roddick, No. 2 Nadal, l. to No. 10 Gonzalez) and QF in 2011 (l. to Bellucci)
F: Marseille (l Tsonga); Dubai (l Djokovic); SF: ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Indian Wells (l Nadal); QF(3): Chennai (l Bautista Agut); Australian Open (l Djokovic); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami (l Gasquet)
2013 in Review:
• The top player from the Czech Republic enters with a 25-8 match record on the season (4-2 on clay) and has reached the quarter-finals or better in six of eight tournaments played, including back-to-back finals in Marseille (l. to Tsonga) and Dubai (d. Federer in SF, l. to Djokovic).
• Playing in his seventh ATP World Tour QF of the year (3-3 record) first on clay, last year QF or better 14 times on the ATP World Tour (8-6)
• Appearing in his 25th career ATP Masters 1000 QF, 11-13 (3-4 on clay) record in QF matches
• Captured his 400th career (401-222) Tour-level match win over Jerzy Janowicz on Wednesday
• In ATP Masters 1000 events, SF at Indian Wells (l. to No. 5 Nadal), fell to 3-8 in ATP Masters 1000 SFs and QF at Miami (l. to No. 10 Gasquet), lost in 3R at ATP Masters 1000 Monte Carlo (l. to Fognini)
• Reached seventh career Grand Slam QF at Australian Open (l. to Djokovic)
• Helped Czech Republic beat Switzerland 3-2 in Davis Cup 1R, winning three points. Partnered with Rosol in doubles rubber, the duo overcame Chiudinelli-Wawrinka 24-22 in fifth set, match lasted 7 hours, 1 minute and is the longest Davis Cup match on record (in time)
• Has a career 35-79 (2-3 in 2013) record vs Top 10
MUTUA MADRID OPEN 2013
Berdych Beats Murray, Eyes Second Straight Madrid Final
by ATP Staff | 10.05.2013
Czech Tomas Berdych will look to reach the Mutua Madrid Open final for a second straight year after knocking out World No. 3 Andy Murray 7-6(3), 6-4 in quarter-final action Friday night. He awaits the winner between Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka in the semi-finals.
The Czech took the 5-4 edge in the FedEx ATP Head2Head series against the British No. 1, improving to a 3-0 mark in matches played on clay.
Though Murray took the first break of the match to go up 4-3, Berdych hit back in the next game before winning the tie-break. After trading breaks to start the second set, the World No. 6 broke Murray at love to go up 3-2 and held on for the victory.
With Murray's loss, Rafael Nadal remains the last of the Big Four standing in Madrid. When Nadal, Murray, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer contest the same tournament, they have won 26 straight titles going back to Rome 2010. Berdych lost to Federer in last year's final.
Ester in the audience at QF Madrid
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Tomas Berdych is looking to reach the Madrid final for a second time.
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Madrid 2013 Friday Interview Berdych
May 10, 2013 - Tomas Berdych discusses his victory over Andy Murray in the quarter-finals of the Mutua Madrid Open.
May 10, 2013
T. BERDYCH/A. Murray
THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.
Q. Congratulations on the win. Third time in a row you've beaten Andy on a clay court. Is there something about the surface and the matchup that favors you on clay?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Thank you for the congratulations. Tough to say. I mean, probably, yeah, I mean, maybe it's a bit advantage for me to play on clay with him. It's really tough to say.
You know, for me it's good that I don't have a big difference between the surfaces. Maybe in the score, especially with Andy, I have more won matches on the clay than on the hard court.
But overall, it's good that I don't have a big difference, and I'm happy for it.
Q. He seemed to play pretty well. His dropshot was good today. That speaks highly your level tonight. You must be really satisfied.
TOMAS BERDYCH: Oh, yeah, I am. It was really good game. Well, I mean, even that I didn't start well, I was able to turn the first set on my side, which was very important.
I'm really happy for that. You know, with him it's never easy. Even that we played two sets, it was really long two sets. You really have to fight a lot for a small chance.
Yeah, I was a little bit better today.
Q. How important were the serves, especially on the break points in that first set? You came up with a couple of really big serves at crucial moments today.
TOMAS BERDYCH: Yeah, I mean, my serve, as I said, every time and I'm going to say the same: When my serve is working, then my game is getting higher and higher.
That's what I really need to be focused on. Then every time that even I get a tough point or something and my serve is working, then, yes, that's my game; that's my style. Well, that's the thing what I'm really trying to mainly focus on.
The other thing which I was even more happy and satisfied was that Andy likes to take really fast the second serve, especially the return. I was quite able to handle that. I think no double faults with that. Yeah, I mean, my serve was working pretty well today.
Q. As you said before, your level doesn't seem to change depending on the surface. You're one of the few players. Even the big four have their favorite surfaces. What is your favorite surface?
TOMAS BERDYCH: What or why?
Q. What is your favorite surface?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, it's really tough to say. I can find good results on the grass, on the hard, and on clay as well.
So, you know, probably when I'm going to reach my first slam, then we going to see which surface is that going to be. Then I can point this is the one that is the really on top, and then we don't have to talk about the others.
So far, there is only the final and then the rest with some semifinals, so it's not enough. Really, I want to do more. Then I can I tell you the one.
Q. Is that a new confidence we're seeing from you, Tomas, when you win your first slam?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, hard to say that, but really the time is going. I'm not going to play forever, so...
No, I think this is the process of a tennis player. You can have a kid that is like that since he's 18, and then some of them get it when they are a bit older. My case probably.
But I quite learned from the Davis Cup to be really patient, because it took us really long and many years for Davis Cup. So I'm trying to do the same in my singles career.
Let's hope for one day.
Q. You will play against Wawrinka or Tsonga tomorrow. Can you tell a few words about both players, especially about Tsonga since every match you have against him was very tough, very close?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, when I see the score of the first set, I don't know if we should talk about it. (Smiling.) No, this would be very unfair to him.
I mean, yes, as you said, always with Jo we played very close games. I played him already this year in final in Marseilles. I lost when I was a match point up. I lost this game and really, I mean, he likes to play also very aggressive, great serving.
I think, yeah, he might like these conditions, but really every match is different. And I don't remember if we ever played on clay, so this could be also our first, which let's see. You never know. Every match is different.
With Stan, I think he's in really good form now and playing really well. He is gonna be very, very hard to stop. As I said, in tennis you never know. Tomorrow is the next day and everything starts from the zero.
I mean, yeah, I think he's one of the guys that you can really say I think that he likes to play on clay and his game is very well suited for that court.
Really, as I said, he's very dangerous from the backhand, one of the best one‑handed backhands what you can find these days.
But really, you know, I beat him in Davis Cup in Switzerland, which is quite good and which I can build some confidence on that.
Yeah, I will try to do my best again.
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