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2013 Davis Cup Semi-Final R2 - Tomas Berdych def. Leonardo Mayer

Posted on September 13, 2013 at 5:55 PM


Radek Stepanek gave the home side the first point when he defeated Juan Monaco 76 63 62 in two hours 33 minutes. Tomas Berdych then put the Czechs in the driving seat with a 64 46 63 64 victory over Leonardo Mayer in three hours one minute.

“It was very tough,” said Berdych.”Leonardo was playing really good tennis. He had nothing to lose at all, even though the score was not optimal for them – he was going on court when it was 0-1 for us but you know when you play against a guy at the top of the ranking you have nothing to lose and you can bring your best tennis and I think that’s what he did. He played really well.”

It was always the feeling was that the second match might have been the tough for the Czechs because Mayer doesn’t mind playing on faster hard courts. He certainly had Berdych concerned for about two sets. He was testing the world No. 5 and at times Berdych was finding it awkward to penetrate with some of his returns.

The first set took him 45 minutes to secure but Mayer was not dejected. He was keeping the pressure on Berdych who dropped serve in the third game of the second set. The Czech recovered in the eighth game and levelled the set only to drop serve immediately afterwards allowing Mayer to hold and level the match as Berdych netted a forehand.

Berdych knew he had to force the pace and be more aggressive when the third set started and it showed. He opened up a 3-0 lead and then went up 4-1. Berdych was starting to move much better, stepping fluidly into his returns and driving his shots more accurately. He closed out the third set when Mayer sent a forehand long.

The Argentine’s body language showed that he was now starting to feel the pressure.

Berdych jumped to a 2-0 lead. This was the turning point. His serve was starting to become more effective as he went up 4-1 and took the lead when Mayer sent a backhand long on set point. The Czech had his rhythm and Mayer, while still fighting, was being fending off a bit more effectively.

“The second set was not looking as good as I would have liked, especially at the end, losing serve; it was not good on a fast surface like this,” said Berdych. “He was playing really well and I was struggling with my rhythm in the first and second sets but I found it and I started to serve better and then everything worked.”


Ester Satorova, girlfriend of Czech tennis player Tomas Berdych, is seen during day one of the Davis Cup semifinal match between Czech Republic and Argentina at the O2 Arena on September 13, 2013 in Prague, Czech Republic. Team of Czech Republic moved on Davis cup final.

Tomas prepares to serve

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Tomas Berdych gives his post-match reactions after defeating Leonardo Mayer




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