|Posted on October 2, 2015 at 8:20 AM|
Tomas Berdych serves against Jiri Vesely of Czech Republic in quarter-final match during day five of the 2015 Shenzhen Open ATP World Tour at Longgang Sports Center on October 2, 2015 in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province of China. Berdych won 6-3, 6-2.
The second match on Centre Court is an all-Czech affair with tournament top seed Tomas Berdych going up against #6 seed, Jiri Vesely. The two have never played before. Vesely is looking for his second title of the year (winning in Auckland) and Berdych, his first.
Berdych Wins All-Czech Contest
ATP Staff | Friday, October 2, 2015
Top seed Tomas Berdych won an all-Czech contest with Jiri Vesely 6-3, 6-2 on Friday to reach the semi-finals of the Shenzhen Open.
The 30-year-old Berdych bested his 22-year-old countryman in one hour and 35 minutes, saving the four break points he faced and capitalising on three of his seven opportunities on Vesely's serve. It was the pair's first meeting on the ATP World Tour.
Berdych is through to his eighth tour-level semi-final in what has been a banner year for the right-hander. Working with new coach, Dani Vallverdu, Berdych is on course to achieve a career-best year-end position of No. 5 in the Emirates ATP Rankings and qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals for the sixth straight year. The Czech is fifth in the Emirates ATP Race To London and next in line to qualify for the Final Showdown in London.
Berdych is looking to win his first ATP World Tour title of the season this week, following runner-up finishes in Doha (l. to Ferrer), Rotterdam (l. to Wawrinka) and Monte-Carlo (l. to Djokovic). He has a 47-16 match record in 2015.
In the semi-finals, Berdych will meet Tommy Robredo for the 11th time. Berdych leads their FedEx ATP Head2Head series 6-4 and has lost just four games in their past two matches.
Robredo advanced to his second semi-final of the season as he rallied from behind to defeat Simone Bolelli 1-6, 6-2, 6-4 in one hour and 52 minutes. The Spaniard is chasing his 13th ATP World Tour title this week after finishing runner-up to Benoit Paire in Bastad in July.
Tomas Berdych returns a shot against Jiri Vesely of Czech Republic in quarter-final match during day five of the 2015 Shenzhen Open ATP World Tour at Longgang Sports Center on October 2, 2015 in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province of China. Berdych won 6-3, 6-2.
Top seed Tomas Berdych eased into the semi-finals of the Shenzhen Open with a 6-3 6-2 victory over Jiri Vesely. The world No 5 needed one hour and 35 minutes to see off his fellow Czech and sixth seed Vesely to book a last-four clash with Tommy Robredo.