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2010 Wimbledon: Road to the final - Tomas Berdych

Posted on July 3, 2010 at 3:53 PM

First Round: Tomas Berdych d. Andrey Golubev of Kazhakhstan, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2, 6-2.

Twelfth seed Tomas Berdych started with a mini Federer-style wobble during his victory over Andrey Golubev of Kazakhstan, but quickly recovered. He slammed down 12 aces in the straight sets match which lasted less than two hours.

Second Round: Tomas Berdych d. Benjamin Becker of Germany, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4

No such wobbles in the second round. Berdych has been in good form this year and here he outplayed the German. An easier straight sets win for the Czech, shaving four minutes off his match time. He won even more points on his impressively successful first serve.

Third Round: Tomas Berdych d. Denis Istomin of Uzbekhistan, 6-7 (1-7), 7-6 (7-5), 6-7 (8-10), 6-3, 6-4.

Istomin really gave Berdych a run for his money in this match, but the Uzbek seemed to run out of steam, no surprise considering he had already been through two five-setters in previous rounds.

The match was seven minutes shy of four hours. Berdych had more in the tank at the end and was showing real class.

Fourth Round: Tomas Berdych d. Daniel Brands of Germany, 4-6, 7-6 (7-1), 7-5, 6-3.

Berdych's form improved with each round and the unseeded Brands, who started well, couldn't keep up his levels to counter the shots Berdych was putting together. With Brands serving at 5-6, in the third set, Berdych changed gear and kept up the pressure.

Quarter-final: Tomas Berdych d. No. 1 seed Roger Federer of Switzerland, 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4.

The Czech's biggest match of his life; Federer was rarely at ease. Wimbledon's fast, dry courts made the power of Berdych a danger, and so it proved to be.

Semi-final: Tomas Berdych d. No. 3 seed Novak Djokovic of Serbia, 6-3, 7-6 (11-9), 6-3.

The 6ft 5in Czech, seeded 12th, crushed the third seed, Novak Djokovic of Serbia, in two hours and 18 minutes. Berdych was in impressive control throughout and becqme the first 12th seed to reach a Wimbledon men's final since Pat Rafter in 2000.

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