|Posted on March 17, 2010 at 8:18 PM|
Berdych, who won the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title in 2005 at Paris, is through to the Indian Wells quarter-finals for the first time in six appearances.
Order of Play - Thursday, March 18, 2010
STADIUM 1 start 12:00 noon
 A Kleybanova (RUS) vs  J Jankovic (SRB) - WTA
Not Before 2:00 PM
 Juan Monaco (ARG) vs  Ivan Ljubicic (CRO) - ATP
Not Before 4:00 PM
 M Martinez Sanchez (ESP) vs  S Stosur (AUS) - WTA
Not Before 7:30 PM (*)
 Tomas Berdych (CZE) vs  Rafael Nadal (ESP) - ATP
Y Chan (TPE) / J Zheng (CHN) vs K Peschke (CZE) / K Srebotnik (SLO) - WTA
(*) = middle of the night in Europa, I need to set for 3:30 am
Head To Head
(19) Tomas Berdych (CZE) vs (3) Rafael Nadal (ESP) Nadal Leads 6-3
2005 Bastad (Sweden) Clay F Rafael Nadal 2-6 6-2 6-4
2005 ATP Masters Series Cincinnati (USA) Hard R64 Tomas Berdych 6-7(4) 6-2 7-6(3)
2006 ATP Masters Series Toronto Hard R16 Tomas Berdych 6-1 3-6 6-2
2006 ATP Masters Series Madrid (Spain) Hard QF Tomas Berdych 6-3 7-6(6)
2007 ATP Masters Series Monte Carlo Clay SF Rafael Nadal 6-0 7-5
2007 Wimbledon (Great Britain) Grass QF Rafael Nadal 7-6(1) 6-4 6-2
2008 ATP Masters Series Miami (U.S.A.) Hard SF Rafael Nadal 7-6(6) 6-2
2009 ATP Masters 1000 Cincinnati (U.S.A.)Hard QF Rafael Nadal 6-4 7-5
2009 ESP vs. CZE DC Final (Spain) Clay RR Rafael Nadal 7-5 6-0 6-2
• The 24-year-old Czech Republic native is the first player from his country to reach the quarters here since Petr Korda in 1998…He enters his first quarter-final with a 7-5 match record and he’s posted wins over Frenchman Florent Serra 75 46 64, No. 10 seed Spaniard Fernando Verdasco 60 63 and No. 29 seed Serbian Viktor Troicki 61 63
• His previous best result was the fourth round in 2006 (d. No. 10 Hewitt, l. to Baghdatis)…He had lost three straight opening round matches from 2007-09.
• SF: Brisbane (l. to Andy Roddick)
• QF: San Jose (l. to Andy Roddick)
• QF: Memphis (l. to Ernests Gulbis)
2010 In Review:
• The No. 2 player from the Czech Republic (behind No. 17 Stepanek) enters his fourth ATP World Tour quarter-final or better with a 12-5 record on the season, with all but one match coming on hard courts…He helped his country to a 4-1 first round Davis Cup win over Belgium (on clay), defeating O. Rochus in straight sets in the opening rubber and winning the doubles (w/Stepanek) in similar fashion
• He opened the season by reaching the semi-finals in Brisbane (l. to eventual champ Roddick) and followed with opening round loss in Sydney (l. to Luczak after bye) and 2nd Rd. at Australian Open (l. to Korolev)
• Last month reached back-to-back quarter-finals in San Jose (l. to Roddick) and Memphis (l. to Gulbis)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 History:
• Has a 59-44 career match record and his best result the title in Paris in 2005 (d. No. 10 Ljubicic in five sets)…Also a semi-finalist three other times – ’06 Madrid, ’07 Monte-Carlo and ’08 Miami and quarter-finalist on four other occasions
• In 2009, finished in Top 20 for fourth consecutive year at No. 20 and helped his country to its first Davis Cup final since 1980 (l. to Spain 5-0)…Went 3-2 in singles matches
• Has a 14-43 career mark vs. Top 10 opponents and trying to break a 10-match losing streak since his last win over No. 8 Gilles Simon in 1st Rd. Davis Cup tie in March 2009… His last tournament Top 10 win came over No. 8 Roddick in the semi-finals of Tokyo in October 2008.
The Rafa was too strong...
Sorry, Tomas. You're still pretty, though.
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World Nr. 3 Rafa Nadal needed 131 minutes to quell the challenge of Czech star Tomas Berdych in a highly entertaining encounter on Thursday evening. Nadal broke serve as early as the opening game of the match, but Berdych hung in right through the set before breaking back in the 8th game to level at 4-4. However Nadal could win the next four points in a row to break right back and promptly served out the first set 6-4.
Nadal simply had more big shots at better moments, particularly with his forehand down the line which was brutally damaging in this match.
It was a match for the baseline purists, as the players rallied their way to over two hours of tennis despite the straight sets result. One Berdych service game in the first set lasted for 15 minutes, and the match featured five service breaks as Nadal battled to victory.
Rafael Nadal applauds Tomas when he left the court
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Nadal Made To Work For Win
by ATP Staff | 18.03.2010
World No. 3 Rafael Nadal is two wins away from defending his title at the BNP Paribas Open, the first of nine elite ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments, after overcoming 19th-seeded Czech Tomas Berdych 6-4, 7-6(4) on Thursday night in Indian Wells.
Despite the straight-sets scoreline, the two-hour, 11-minute match proved to be a highly competitive affair as Berdych – who had won three of their previous hard court meetings – made Nadal work hard for the victory.
After Nadal grabbed the break in the first game, Berdych prevented the Spaniard from running away with the set as he fought off three break points in the fifth game, ultimately prevailing in seven deuces. He then drew level with Nadal at 4-4, only to see the Spaniard respond with a vengeance, breaking him at love in the next game before serving out the set.
Berdych sent the second set to a tie-break, once again fighting back to recover a service break in the eight game, and assumed the first mini-break as he hustled to retrieve a drop shot. But he was unable to maintain the advantage for long. With the pair back on serve at 4-4 in the tie-break, he double-faulted to put the match on Nadal’s racquet and the Spaniard put away the victory.
“It was a very good match,” said Nadal. “I played really well, especially the first set. The first probably eight, nine games of the match was [at an] unbelievable level; later the wind came a little bit and it was more difficult to play. But anyway, we were still playing, kept playing at high level, and this is very important. Very good news for me to be in semi-finals.”
Nadal, who has now won 20 of his past 21 matches in Indian Wells, will attempt to earn his place in the championship match for the third time in four years when he faces former World No. 3 Ivan Ljubicic on Saturday afternoon.
Tomas Berdych and Rafael Nadal