|Posted on September 2, 2014 at 4:00 PM|
Thiem next faces sixth seed Tomas Berdych, a 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 winner over Russian Teymuraz Gabashvili.
“[Thiem] is really playing well. He’s showing that he plays without any nerves and any extra pressure. He just goes for it,” said Berdych, a semi-finalist in 2012. “I'm looking forward for that match.”
"[Berdych] is a great player. It's going to be the first time for me playing against him," said Thiem. "Of course I know him from television and everything, but it will be a very tough match. I'm looking forward to it."
PREVIEWBerdych and rising star Thiem square off for the first time. Berdych, who reached the semi-finals here two years ago, is 1-4 lifetime in fourth-round matches in Flushing Meadows. The top player from the Czech Republic is attempting to reach his 11th major quarter-final. Since 2010, Berdych is 9-3 in major fourth-round matches after starting with a 1-9 record in fourth-round decisions from 2004-'09. Thiem, who is the lowest-ranked player left at No. 45, is trying to become the first Austrian to reach a major quarter-final since Jurgen Melzer at Roland Garros in 2010. Melzer is also the last Austrian to reach the fourth round at the US OPEN, in 2010. The last Austrian to reach the US OPEN quarter-finals was Thomas Muster in 1996. Thiem, who turns 21 on Wednesday, is the youngest player in the Top 50 of the Emirates ATP Rankings.
Score and Stats - Tomas Berdych def. Dominic ThiemUS OPEN 2014
Berdych Sweeps Past Thiem For US Open QF Berth
New York, U.S.A.
by ATP Staff | 02.09.2014
Tomas Berdych is playing in his 45th consecutive Grand Slam tournament.
Tomas Berdych booked his second appearance in the US Open quarter-finals after dispatching young gun Dominic Thiem 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 on Tuesday evening.
The sixth-seeded Berdych saved all seven break points he faced during the 98-minute encounter, and struck 10 aces against his Austrian opponent. Meanwhile, He was aided by 35 unforced errors committed by his opponent ranked No. 45 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, playing in his first US Open and contesting his first year of Grand Slam tournaments.
"I still remember it from my time when I was young and coming up and playing those fourth-round matches," recalled Berdych. "It took me quite a while before I broke and beat the seeded guy and made my first quarter-final. [Thiem] needs to wait also a bit and earn some more experience. Really he's a very talented kid playing really well. He definitely has the power and the shots to be good."
Berdych will attempt to reach the semi-finals for a second time (2012) when he faces Croatian Marin Cilic in the next round. The seventh-ranked Berdych leads 5-3 in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series, but fell to Cilic in their third-round Wimbledon clash this year.
"Marin played a really good match today. He improved a lot this year, and he's playing well," said Berdych. "I'm hitting the ball nice and clean. That's what I need. That's what's good for my game. I saved a bit of energy today, which is good, compared to him. Let's go for another one."
The Czech, who owns a 28-11 record in Flushing Meadows, is competing in his 45th consecutive Grand Slam (since 2003 US Open). Only Federer (60), Lopez (51), Ferrer (48) and Verdasco (46) have longer streaks among active players.
Thiem, the youngest player in the Top 50 of the Emirates ATP Rankings, celebrates his 21st birthday tomorrow (3 September). He has compiled a 20-18 record that includes a runner-up finish in Kitzbuehel (l. to Goffin). He has made the second highest jump in rankings since the end of the 2013 season (to 25 August): 76 positions from No. 121 to No. 45.
"There is not much to say," said the top Austrian about his loss, through Facebook. "The result says everything. [Berdych] was simply the much better player, gave me no chance. I wanted to put him under pressure, but he put me under pressure instead. He played extremely strong. And I wasn't good enough to keep pace.
"Berdych showed me the difference between a top 50 and a top ten player. Service, return, ground strokes, footwork, speed, consistency. I have to improve all that if I want to come where he has been for many years now."
Tomas Berdych celebrates after defeating Dominic Thiem of Austria during their men's singles fourth round match on Day Nine of the 2014 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 2, 2014 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Berdych won 6-1, 6-2, 6-4.
Tomas Berdych signs autographs for fans after defeating Dominic Thiem, of Austria, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 in the fourth round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, in New York.