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2013 Cincinnati Quarter-Final: Tomas Berdych vs Andy Murray

Posted on August 16, 2013 at 8:55 PM

On Grandstand, No. 6 Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic takes a 5-4 career record against World No. 2 Andy Murray, who leads 3-2 on hard courts. Berdych is the only player in the Top 10 this season without an ATP World Tour title. He was runner-up in back-to-back weeks in Marseille and Dubai. He is appearing in his third quarter-final here (’09, ‘11). He was a semi-finalist two years ago (l. to Djokovic).    The 26-year-old Scot, who won titles here in 2008 and ’11 (both over Djokovic), is playing here for the ninth consecutive year (22-6 record). He also reached the semi-finals in ‘09 (l. to Federer). The Wimbledon champion comes in with a 37-6 match record on the season (22-3 on hard).

H2H Tomas Berdych vs Andy Murray

Order of Play - Friday, October 16, 2013

quarter-final match Berdych/Murray is the third one on Grandstand


Tournament Highlights:

•    The 27-year-old Czech Republic native is 14-8 lifetime here, reaching the semi-finals two years ago (ret. vs. No. 1 Djokovic after losing 7-5 first set due to shoulder) and quarter-finals in ’09 (l. to Nadal)

•    This week has cruised in first two rounds over Jarkko Nieminen 63 62 and Tommy Robredo 63 60

•    Has held service 16 of 17 games (94%), saving six of seven break pts. Has broken opponents eight times, converting eight of 14 break pts.

2013 Highlights:

F(2): Marseille (l Tsonga); Dubai (l Djokovic); SF(3): ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Indian Wells (l Nadal); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid (l Wawrinka); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Rome (l Nadal); QF(6): Chennai (l Bautista Agut); Australian Open (l Djokovic); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami (l Gasquet); London / Queen's Club (l Cilic); Wimbledon (l Djokovic); Bastad (l de Bakker)

2013 in Review:

•    The top player from the Czech Republic enters with a 39-15 (24-7 on hard, 9-5 on clay and 6-2 on grass) match record. His best results are back-to-back finals in Marseille (l. to No. 8 Tsonga) and Dubai (l. to No. 1 Djokovic, d. No. 2 Federer in SF). Only player in Top 10 without a title this year

•    Last week lost in the third round at ATP Masters 1000 Montreal (l .to Pospisil in third set TB). Has advanced to the QF or better 12 times in 16 tourn. this year (5-6 in QF matches)

•    In Grand Slam play reached eighth career Grand Slam QF and third at Wimbledon (l. to Djokovic), third QF at Australian Open (l. to Djokovic) and fell to Gael Monfils  7-5 in the fifth set at 1R Roland Garros

•    Reached 13th career ATP Masters 1000 semi-final at Rome (l. to 5 Nadal, d. No. 1 Djokovic in QF)

•    In other ATP Masters 1000 events, SF at Indian Wells (l. to No. 5 Nadal), QF at Miami (l. to No. 10 Gasquet), lost in 3R at ATP Masters 1000 Monte Carlo (l. to Fognini)

•    Captured 400th career ATP Tour-level win over Jerzy Janowicz at ATP Masters 1000 Madrid in 2R

•    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 4-7 record vs. Top 10 opponents this year


Tournament Highlights:

•    The 26-year-old Scot opened his bid for a third ATP Masters 1000 Cincinnati title here on Wednesday with a 62 63 win over Mikhail Youzhny and followed with a 62 62 victory over Frenchman Julien Benneteau. Has held serve 15 of 16 games (94%) and has broken opponents nine times

•    He defeated Djokovic in both finals here in 2008 and 2011. He is playing here for the ninth consecutive year (22-6 record), also reached the SF in 2009 (l. to Federer)

2013 Highlights:

W(4): Brisbane (d Dimitrov); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami (d Ferrer); London / Queen's Club (d Cilic); Wimbledon (d Djokovic); F: Australian Open (l Djokovic); QF(2): ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Indian Wells (l Del Potro); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid (l Berdych)

2013 in Review:

•    The World No. 2 is appearing in his 33rd ATP Masters 1000 QF and has a 20-12 (1-2 in 2013) record in QF matches. Overall this is the Scot’s eighth QF this season in 11 tournaments this year (5-2 in QFs)

•    Had his 13-match winning streak snapped by Ernests Gulbis last week in the 3R at ATP Masters 1000 Montreal. He has a 37-6 (22-3 on hard, 12-0 on grass, 3-3 on clay) match record  (5-3 vs. Top 10 foes)

•    Became the first British male titlist at Wimbledon since Fred Perry in 1936 with a 64 75 64 win over World No. 1 Djokovic in the final. Extended winning streak to 12 matches. Improved to 2-5 lifetime in major finals. The Wimbledon final was watched by 17.3 million British television viewers

•    One of 10 players on ATP World Tour with multiple titles -- Rafael Nadal (8), Andy Murray (4). Novak Djokovic (3), Juan Martin del Potro (2), David Ferrer (2), Fabio Fognini (2), Richard Gasquet (2), John Isner (2), Nicolas Mahut (2) and Tommy Robredo (2)

•    Finished runner-up in his third Australian Open final, losing to Djokovic in four sets. Beat Federer in five sets in SFs, for the first time at a major (1-3). Was attempting to become the first British man to win the title since Fred Perry in 1934

•    Pulled out of Roland Garros with a lower back injury

•    Began season by defending title in Brisbane (d. Dimitrov). Dedicated win to Ross Hutchins, who has been diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma (also sat in player guest box at Wimbledon)

•    On March 31, saved 1 M.P. at 5-6 in 3rd set vs. Ferrer in ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami final. Went on to capture his second Miami title and ninth ATP World Tour Masters 1000 trophy on Sunday to replace Federer at No. 2 in the Emirates ATP Rankings; was ranked No. 2 for four weeks from 17 August-7 September 2009. For the first time in his career, he saved a match point in an ATP World Tour final; it was also the first time he had come back from a set down in a SF and F  to win a title

•    Moved back to No. 2 in Emirates ATP Rankings on May 13 after ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid QF exit (l. to Berdych). On May 15, retired with lower back injury at one-set all vs. Granollers in ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Rome 2R

•    On June 16, became the first British man since 1925 to win three Queen’s Club titles; beat Cilic in three-set final for his 27th career trophy. Murray dedicated his victory to Hutchins, who was in attendance for the match. Murray then headlined the ‘Rally For Cancer’, an exhibition raising money for the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity. The charity supports The Royal Marsden, the world-leading cancer center treating Hutchins.


Berdych Continues Cincy Run

Cincinnati, U.S.A.

by ATP Staff  | 16.08.2013

Tomas Berdych moved into his fourth ATP World Tour Masters 1000 semi-final of the year with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Andy Murray on Friday. Berdych’s four Masters 1000 semis in 2013 is a career-high for the sixth-ranked Czech, having advanced as far in Indian Wells, Madrid and Rome. It is his second semi-final in Cincinnati as well (l. to Djokovic in 2011).

Berdych is very pleased with his level of play thus far. “I had a great three matches so far and playing really well. Even today it was good. I would say almost all the aspects…Now it's just important to keep it up and try to bring it for as long as I can."

Murray, meanwhile, was denied the opportunity to capture a third title at the Western & Southern Open and 10th overall ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crown. The loss hurts Murray’s chances for Year-End World No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, in his three-way battle with Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.

“The court was lively today,” Murray said. “It was bouncing pretty high. It was quite tough to control the ball. I made too many errors…You have tactics for each player and sometimes executing the tactics is tough. That can be down to the way that your opponent plays. Sometimes it's the way that he plays. Sometimes it can be the conditions. You need to make adjustments.”

Berdych has rebounded nicely from his surprise defeat in the Montreal third round to Vasek Pospisil. He has only been broken once in 27 service game this week and has yet to relinquish a set. The Czech broke for a 5-3 lead in the first set today, on a netted forehand by Murray, and continued to apply the pressure in the second set, breaking in the fourth game and cruising from there.

Berdych will face the winner of tonight’s blockbuster between Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer in the semi-finals. His Emirates Airline US Open Series will continue next week in Winston-Salem, where it was announced he would receive a wild card into the field.

The 2012 Winston-Salem finalist commented on adding an extra week to his summer hard court schedule. “That was kind of my tough decision last night, because I was asking the tournament director to hold me a wild card…I’m more like a guy that like to play matches than just keep on practising.”



Tomas awaits to return a serve from Andy Murray

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Ester Satorova watches Tomas Berdych play Andy Murray during the Western & Southern Open on August 16, 2013 at Lindner Family Tennis Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Girlfriend Ester in the audience

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Andy Murray beaten in Cincinnati

BBC | 16 August 2013

Britain's Andy Murray was beaten in straight sets by Tomas Berdych in the quarter-finals of the Cincinnati Open.

The Czech world number six turned in a powerful display to see off the Wimbledon champion 6-3 6-4.

Berdych will meet Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals after the Spaniard's 5-7 6-4 6-3 win over Roger Federer, who now drops to seventh in the world rankings.

World number one Novak Djokovic was beaten by John Isner, who faces Juan Martin Del Potro in the last four.

Murray, playing in his last match before he begins the defence of his US Open title later this month, struggled for consistency and admitted: "I made too many errors."

Despite sending down 10 aces compared to Berdych's two, Murray could not dictate the match and failed to convert any of his four break point opportunities.

Berdych broke Murray in the eighth game, and served to love to take the first set.

He then held off three break points in his next service game and stayed ahead of Murray to seal victory.

It was 27-year-old Berdych's second consecutive victory over Murray in 2013, having beaten the Scot in straight sets on clay at the quarter-finals of the Madrid Open in May.



Tomas moves to Cincinnati semifinal

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August 16, 2013


T. BERDYCH/A. Murray

6‑3, 6‑4

THE MODERATOR:  Questions, please.

Q.  How difficult is it to sustain a decent level of concentration and doing your business when it's a bit like a disco?

TOMAS BERDYCH:  Yeah, it is.  It's very tough.  As you said, you're there.  You try to be really focused on every single point.  You try to heard the ball bounce and to be really, really in that match.

And then all of a sudden you start to listen to music and songs and talking and introducing and whatever.

It's really hard, you know what I mean.  It's tough for both of us, of course.  But someone's able to deal with it better; someone's not.  Also depends on which day, which mood, however you feel.

But, yeah, on the other hand, I would say that probably this‑‑ I mean, everybody wants to talk like how well I played or not, what happened, but I think this was my best, I mean, moment of the game to handle this, because I was always struggling with noise around the court and the distraction.

You know, I handled it pretty well today.

Q.  Tomas, Andy said he was having difficulty with respect to your second serve today.  Were you doing anything differently today than maybe you have against him in the past?

TOMAS BERDYCH:  Well, I mean, it's tough to say in comparing the matches from before.  I'm always trying to be more in this time.  Yeah, I was serving quite well today.  I helped with my serve a lot, and that's it.

We're going to play probably many more matches, and it's going to go always‑‑ or it could be always very different.

So, you know, my serve is always the key moment, the key thing in my game, and I will always try to be, you know, really aggressive with that.

But, no, I didn't do anything different.  It's just how it is.

Q.  You're scheduled to play next week as well, aren't you, at the moment?  That's a lot of matches.  That would be a lot of matches going into the slam if you get to the final here.

TOMAS BERDYCH:  Oh, yes, that was kind of my tough decision last night, because I was asking the tournament director to hold me a wild card.

And actually yesterday was almost the last time that I need to decide.  And before playing Andy, then look at my draw to playing Rafa or Roger in the semis.  You don't know what's going to happen.

I'm more like a guy that like to play matches than just keep on practicing.  I think I had enough of the practice weeks I would say from Wimbledon or even from Paris, which I didn't do well.  And then this and that.

So I need to decide.  I actually decided to ask for it and go there.  But still, I'm still here and I'm still playing, so let's see what's going to happen then.

Q.  There's a pretty good chance that in next week's rankings you're going to be ahead of Roger Federer for the first time in your career.  Just wondering if that means anything to you.

TOMAS BERDYCH:  Well, I'm not good in mathematics, but actually I think there is still one more guy who is not agreeing with that.  He's still in draw and he's still playing.

So let's see after this week.

Q.  What would you say is your level of form as we speak?  How would you rate your current form?

TOMAS BERDYCH:  Well, I always trying to leave some space for the improvement, so I will still leave it there.

And well, saying that it is pretty good, but it could be always a bit better.  But I had a great three matches so far and playing really well.  Even today it was good.  But I would say almost all the aspects.

Now it's just important to keep it up and try to bring it for as long as I can.  All in my team are aiming, of course, for New York.  That's the goal for all of us.

Q.  Tomas, after a solid first set, you got down Love‑40 in your first service game in the second set.  Could you take us through that.  That was a very crucial point in the match.

TOMAS BERDYCH:  Yeah, definitely.  If we look at it just by games or points, yes, this was a very tough one for me.

But still, you know, again, I was trying to be really focused just on every next point or actually the point that I was right now facing.

Whatever it is, if it's 40‑Love, Love‑40, it's still the next point.  So you just go one by one.

That's what I was doing really good today, just be really focused, and that was probably really my best part of today's match.

Q.  Tomas, this morning you had an earlier practice session pretty much, obviously, and knowing that you were going to play Andy Murray, did you have a certain type of practice session?  Tomorrow you're going to play either Rafa or Roger.  Are you going to have a certain kind of practice session, or do you just do an overall, general warmup session?

TOMAS BERDYCH:  No, especially before the matches it's more just general just practice session.  Just to go there, hit a few balls, have the feeling of the ball, and basically that's it.

Especially if you start to think a lot, you know, around the game, tactics, or to do something different, it's not so good.  So it's really just about to go there, have a feeling of the ball, feeling good, get some sweat, and that's it.




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