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Tomas Berdych has an 8-0 H2H record against his third round opponent, Kevin Anderson
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THE CHAMPIONSHIPS 2013
BERDYCH TO FACE TOMIC FOR QF BERTH
by ATP Staff | 29.06.2013
World No. 6 and former finalist Tomas Berdych will face upcoming Australian Bernard Tomic for a place in the Wimbledon quarter-finals. The Czech defeated Kevin Anderson for the fifth time this year 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-5 on Saturday at The Championships.
Berdych is bidding to win his first major championship, with his closest effort so far a runner-up showing at Wimbledon in 2010 (l. to Nadal). The 27-year-old Berdych is the only member of the Emirates ATP Rankings Top 10 not to win an ATP World Tour title this year, but was a runner-up in Marseille (l. to Tsonga) and Dubai (l. to Djokovic).
Berdych improved to a 9-0 FedEx ATP Head2Head record over Anderson, but was made to work for it. Anderson broke in the fourth game and went on to take a one-set lead. Berdych swung the momentum in his favour on a pivotal point in the second set.
Staring down break point at 1-2, the Czech hit a forehand winner off a smash and held serve. After treatment for a back injury, which he later dismissed as nothing serious, Berdych powered through the second and third sets to take a commanding lead. Anderson regrouped and broke for a 5-2 lead in the fourth set. Berdych won the next five games, though, claiming victory in just under three hours.
"It was a tough one," said Berdych. "We played five times this year and they were all very close, very tough. He's a great player, aggressive and his style suits grass. He makes me work hard. I'm very happy with how I played after the first set. I was very down, but I took my chances and finished it well.
Two years after embarking on a breakthrough run to the Wimbledon quarter-finals, 20-year-old Tomic advanced to the fourth round at the All England Club with a hard-fought 7-6(7), 5-7, 7-5, 7-6(5) victory over 2007 semi-finalist Richard Gasquet on Saturday.
"I'm very, very happy," said Berdych. "It's a huge win for me. I played very well today, and I needed to against Richard. Last two times he beat me, unfortunately. This time I was very happy to win. I played very good tennis. It's an amazing feeling to play on [Centre Court] because it is the most prestigious court in our tennis world."
Tomas Berdych advanced to the fourth round. He beat South African Kevin Anderson 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-5.
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score and stats Round 3 Wimbledon - Tomas Berdych def. Kevin Anderson
Tomas Berdych rallies to set up Tomic showdown
by Darren Saligari
Saturday 29 June 2013
For a moment it felt like the 1990s as a pair of big servers in Tomas Berdych and Kevin Anderson took turns at firing cannons at each other. When you watch these two play you know what you’re going to get – boom serves and plenty of big hitting from the baseline.
And today, for the ninth consecutive time, it was Berdych who prevailed. The No.7 seed simply had too much firepower for the 27th seed, winning 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-5.
“I'm definitely happy, of course. Even more happy with the end of the fourth set, which was very tough. Was not looking good to me,” said Berdych. “I think everything going well, going smooth. Just drop a set, which is actually good to face a bit of challenge.”
In their fifth meeting for the 2013 season, it was Anderson who started the brighter of the two. The tall South African’s serve was too hot for Berdych to handle early but it was his return game that was really troubling Berdych.
Anderson was all over the Czech’s second serve, helping himself to two first-set breaks. All was not well for Berdych and it got worse when he called the trainer early in the second set to treat back soreness, which, he later joked “it’s a matter of age maybe”.
Despite the pain, Berdych lifted his game, while Anderson’s serve dropped off. Having landed 80 per cent of first serves in the opening set, Anderson’s accuracy dropped markedly to 53 per cent in the second set.
“I think he starts pretty high percentage and pretty high everything, actually. And from that point he could go only a bit down than bring something more. I was actually just waiting to get some chance. I save some tough points again. And then, you know, when I get a chance, I took it.”
It was just the opening Berdych needed as he forced his way back into the match and claimed the next two sets. Anderson’s frustration grew as he only had himself to blame for the predicament he found himself in. Both players had six break-point opportunities in the third set alone but it was Berdych who made the most of his opportunities, converting two to Anderson’s one.
The seventh seed looked like he was on his way to the fourth round but Anderson fought back to surprise the Czech with the first service break of the fourth set. A finalist here in 2010, Berdych crafted some silky winners to bring up back-to-back breaks on his way to a four-set win.
Next up for Berdych is unseeded Australian Bernard Tomic who stunned ninth seed Richard Gasquet in four sets on Centre Court earlier in the day. “This is a very tough and tricky opponent. He can really, really be danger. His game is very different to the other guys. I think the patience is definitely going to be the word to stick on. You know, go one by one again.”
Source: Official website Wimbledon
No Pain, No Gain
Tomas Berdych: "I had a small issue on my back. It's from the early days [in the tournament] when it was really cold. I'm through, that's how it is, that's Grand Slam tennis. You have to be ready for long matches, it's not about one match. I survived and I am looking forward to going one more."
Tomas’ parents and gf Ester who is back from Madrid
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Tomas Berdych: 'It was tough'
"It was a hard, tough one, especially the end of the fourth set. I'm happy with the way I handled it and I conserved some energy to play five sets if I needed"
"I had to be extremely focused and patient, you can go so many games watching the ball go past you playing Kevin. I just had to wait for my chance."
June 29, 2013
T. BERDYCH/K. Anderson
3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-5
THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.
Q. You have to be happy with that one.
TOMAS BERDYCH: Yeah, I'm definitely happy, of course. Even more happy with the end of the fourth set, which was very tough. Was not looking good to me.
So, yeah, I'm really happy to have another win and go through.
Q. What is it about Kevin Anderson? He's never beaten you before.
TOMAS BERDYCH: Yes, he never did. I'm happy to extend the winning streak. So, I mean, as I said, it's been said already many times, you know, very aggressive player, serving well.
I thought that, you know, probably this court could suit him the most, but probably not.
And, yeah, as I said, you know, the key moments was deciding again today. That's it.
Q. Did you think his serve dropped off a bit in the second set?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, I think he starts pretty high percentage and pretty high everything, actually. And from that point he could go only a bit down than bring something more.
I was actually just waiting to get some chance. I save some tough points again. And then, you know, when I get a chance, I took it. That was it.
Q. Problem with your back, everything okay there?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Everything is fine. It's a matter of age maybe.
Q. You mentioned on television that you had a fleeting last couple of performances here. Do you feel as though you're in a good frame of mind, your game is where you want it to be, the courts are heating up a little bit and playing into your favor?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Yeah, I said that because actually I got the questions the early days, how the courts feel in the second week when they are a bit destroyed.
I said, I don't know, I don't remember from the last time.
Now I can answer it. And, yeah, I mean, it's good to keep winning again. It's actually a good feeling. It's way better than to be home on Tuesday and just looking at the guys, how they play.
So then in terms of my game, I think everything going well, going smooth. Just drop a set, which is actually good to face a bit of challenge, not only winning like 3‑Love, which could be really tricky. Once you get a very tough opponent, then you need to face a tough situations. You haven't been in that situations before.
This is good that I have a match like this also. Yeah, building some confidence again, looking forward to go.
Q. Are you surprised at how popular you've been on Twitter since you joined it a few months ago?
TOMAS BERDYCH: I don't know. Am I?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Good. Perfect. Nice to heard. Yeah, so that's the reason not like to become a popular or something like that. I'm trying to be popular by my game and what I'm doing on the court.
Then, of course, on the court you cannot do everything, all the stuff. You have to really focus to hit the ball.
I see that so many people see quite boring so you need to have some fun around.
Q. Do you feel this could encourage you to have more fun in press conferences or on court, now that people have enjoyed your personality on Twitter, you can bring it more places?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, I mean, I bring a really high level on that from the beginning. So I will try to keep it up and let's see what's going to happen in half year, one year time, if still the people are going to be interesting about it.
I don't know. These days is really tough. People likes the new things, everything new. They want to see always something new and different.
But, you know, if I'm going to be able to keep it up, then it's going to be fun for a long time.
Q. What do you make of Bernard Tomic next?
TOMAS BERDYCH: This is a very tough and tricky opponent. I don't even know if we played some match. I mean, I played him this year probably at Kooyong. That's the only thing probably that we did. I don't remember.
You know, he's one of the best results really on grass. He can really, really be danger. His game is very different to the other guys. I think the patience is definitely going to be the word to stick on. You know, go one by one again.
Q. Were you that surprised at the results of Federer and Nadal in the first week? Or given the conditions that were here, it didn't surprise you all that much?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, of course it surprised me a lot. I mean, I wouldn't expect that at all, that this gonna happen. As I said, it's really great what these guys actually achieved. To make these wins for them, it's really great.
Actually, I know how it is to beat Roger here. It's really nice. So that's the sport. That's how it is.
The other hand, you know, I think these days the people and press and everybody get very used to it, you know, that the beginning of the second week they're going to see the draw and they're going to be seven out of the top eight guys, and the eighth one going to be maybe the 12th one, and that's it.
Now it's going to be way different. That's actually why everybody so shocked, and see it like, Wow, what happened? It's just how it is.
Couple years ago it was, I would say, normal. It was just really depends how the players have a shape, they play well, bad, whatever, and that's it. I mean, really last eight, nine years it becomes like, really, all the guys just end up in the quarters. People just get used to it.
Q. Do you think it's better for men's tennis to be less predictable like it is this tournament?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, I'm going to be a little bit selfish. If I'm going to get a little bit of luck, then it's better, yes, because then you have a chance not to play all of them actually if you want to win the tournament.
But the otherwise, I don't know, let's see what the fans gonna like more. I don't know.
For me actually, still it doesn't matter. It doesn't affect me at all in this tournament. So let's see what's going to happen. If it's going to be more often, I don't know.
Q. Have you wished you were on the bottom half at any point?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, I can wish, but it's never going to happen. I'm realistic, optimistic. That's how it is with me. So I'm absolutely fine with that.
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