|Posted on November 24, 2010 at 5:41 PM|
Order of Play - Wednesday, 24 November, 2010
CENTRE COURT start 12:15 pm
 L Kubot (POL) / O Marach (AUT) vs  W Moodie (RSA) / D Norman (BEL)
Not Before 2:00 PM
 Tomas Berdych (CZE) vs  Andy Roddick (USA)
Not Before 6:15 PM
 D Nestor (CAN) / N Zimonjic (SRB) vs  M Bhupathi (IND) / M Mirnyi (BLR)
Not Before 8:00 PM
 Rafael Nadal (ESP) vs  Novak Djokovic (SRB)
No. 6 seed Tomas Berdych against No. 8 Andy Roddick, both of whom lost their opening round robin matches Monday. Since the ATP World Tour returned to hard courts after Wimbledon, Roddick has posted a 16-9 match record while Berdych has gone 8-13. The American No. 1 holds a 6-2 head-to-head lead over the Czech No. 1, which includes winning their last four meetings (and nine of their last 10 sets). This is their fourth meeting of the year and the American prevailed last time out 75 64 in the final of the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami on April 5.
F: ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami (l Roddick); Wimbledon (l Nadal); SF: Brisbane (l Roddick); Roland Garros (l Soderling); QF: San Jose (l Roddick); Memphis (l Gulbis); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Indian Wells (l Nadal); Munich (l Petzschner); Washington (l Malisse); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Canada (l Federer); Kuala Lumpur (l Ferrer)
YTD W-L: 44-25 (24-20 on hard, 7-9 indoor, 12-16 in Tie-breaks)
YTD Titles: 0/Career Titles: 5
Date of Birth: September 17, 1985
South African Airways 2010 ATP Ranking: 6
The Czech Republic native made his debut Monday, losing to Djokovic 63 63…He was broken three times and won just 39% of points on second serve…He never had a break point…He is the lone player making his debut this year and he is first player from Czech Republic to qualify for season finale and finish in Top 10 since Jiri Novak was No. 7 in 2002…Countryman Radek Stepanek was an alternate in 2008 (in place of Roddick) and went 0-2 in round robin play.
2010 in Review:
• The top player from the Czech Republic compiled his first Top 10 campaign despite being only Top 10 player not to win a ’10 title…The last player to rank No. 6 without winning a title in a season was Tim Henman in 2004
• Reached ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final at Sony Ericsson Open in Miami in April and at Wimbledon in July, his first Grand Slam runner-up
• Since Wimbledon final, has compiled an 8-13 match record and his best results were QFs in Washington (l. to Malisse) and ATP Masters 1000 Toronto (l. to Federer) in August and Kuala Lumpur (l. to Ferrer) in October…Lost in 1st Rd. at US Open (l. to Llodra) and in Davis Cup SF tie vs. Serbia, fell to Tipsarevic and No. 2 Djokovic, both in four sets...This is his 24th tournament, most among Top 10 players.
• Entered Wimbledon without playing a grass court event and beat six-time champ Federer (QF) and No. 3 Djokovic (SF) before falling to Nadal in straight sets
• He was first Czech player to reach Wimbledon final since Ivan Lendl in 1987… Afterwards, jumped from 13 to No. 8 on July 5
• In first week of season in Brisbane, reached SFs (l. to Roddick) then lost in 2nd Rd. to Korolev at Australian Open...In February, reached back-to-back QFs in San Jose (l. to Roddick) and Memphis (l. to Gulbis)
• In March, helped his country to 1st Rd. Davis Cup win over Belgium, beating O. Rochus in lone singles rubber...Then at ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Indian Wells, reached QFs (l. to Nadal)...Then at Sony Ericsson Open in Miami reached final with wins over de Bakker, Zeballos, No. 1 Federer (saved one match point), No. 12 Verdasco and No. 7 Soderling before falling in straight sets to No. 8 Roddick
• During European clay court circuit, compiled an 8-3 mark entering Roland Garros where he reached his first Grand Slam SF (d. No. 4 Murray in 4th Rd.) before losing in five sets to Soderling, snapping an eight-match winning streak…Afterwards rose four places to No. 13
Andy Roddick and Tomas Berdych shake hands at the end of their match on Wednesday
BARCLAYS ATP WORLD TOUR FINALS
Berdych Keeps Qualification Hopes Alive With Roddick Win
by James Buddell - 24.11.2010
Tomas Berdych has gone 9-13 since reaching the Wimbledon final in early July.
Czech Tomas Berdych regained his confidence against Andy Roddick on Wednesday to keep alive his chances of qualifying for the semi-finals from Group A at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.
Berdych was at his aggressive best in a 7-5, 6-3 victory over Roddick, a long-time favourite with British crowds after his three runner-up finishes at Wimbledon.
"It feels great," said Berdych. "None of these matches are easy. I still [have a] chance to have it in my hands in the last match."
The result means that should Novak Djokovic beat World No. 1 Rafael Nadal during the evening session tonight the Serbian will guarantee his semi-final berth. Nadal cannot qualify for the last four tonight.
Berdych saved two set points at 4-5, 15/40 in the first set when he hit an unreturned serve and Roddick hit a smash wide after running around a forehand.
"[On] the set points, [the] first return I hit well," said Roddick, who hit 15 winners and nine aces overall. "I came under it, hit a really good forehand. He kind of took a chance a little bit.
"He hadn't gone forehand on a second serve. He went there on both of them. Obviously I wasn't looking [for a] forehand on either one. In retrospect, I should have been."
It proved to be the turning point as, in the following game, the 25-year-old Czech hit a powerful forehand return winner off a 110 miles per hour second serve. It left Roddick motionless and Berdych closed out the 49-minute first set with a service hold to 15.
At 2-2 in the second set, Roddick’s temper boiled over at 30/40 when he missed a smash off a superb defensive lob. The World No. 8 never regained his composure.
Despite Roddick hitting an ace to open his final service game at 3-5, Berdych won four straight points to complete an 85-minute victory. Roddick ended the pair's ninth meeting (Roddick leads 6-3) by pulling a forehand into the net.
"I don't think he came into the match with a lot of confidence," said Roddick. "Being able to get through that definitely raised his confidence level."
Berdych, who lost to Djokovic 6-3, 6-3 on Monday, hit 28 winners and committed 27 unforced errors, adopting the same aggressive tactics that took him to the Wimbledon final in July. The World No. 6 won 12 of 16 net approaches and hit six aces.
Roddick, who has qualified for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals for eight straight years, dropped to a 0-2 mark in Group A. He lost his first round-robin group match to Nadal.
Berdych over-powers Roddick
Tomas Berdych finds form against Andy Roddick in London
Tomas Berdych finds form to beat Andy Roddick in London
BBC David Ornstein
November 24, 2010
Tomas Berdych finally recaptured the sort of form that saw him reach the Wimbledon final as he beat Andy Roddick to haul himself back into contention at the ATP World Tour Finals.
The powerful Czech showed outstanding attacking and defensive skills to win 7-5 6-3 and ended the day level on points with Novak Djokovic, who lost the evening match to Group A leader Rafael Nadal.
Berdych grew in confidence after saving two break points at 4-5 in the first set, breaking Roddick in the next game before serving out the opener.
From that point on the world number six, who had won just eight out of 21 matches since his memorable run at SW19, was able to dominate Roddick and leave his place in the competition hanging by a thread.
The American, ranked eighth, needs to beat Djokovic on Friday to have any hope of reaching the semis, while Berdych faces Nadal in his final round-robin match.
"It feels great," said a smiling Berdych afterwards. "None of these matches are easy, especially today against Andy because I played him this year three times and he won all three.
"I'm happy after losing to Djokovic to get back on the court and start to play my tennis again and feel good on court. That's what I needed.
"This season has been the best I ever played and I did a good job again today. I won a tough match and now I'm looking forward to the next one."
Although both men were beaten in their opening matches on Monday, Roddick was far more impressive in losing to Nadal than Berdych was in his defeat by Djokovic.
The American may be two spots below Berdych in the world rankings, but he arrived in London with a 6-2 head-to-head advantage over the Czech and having won each of their last four meetings.
And while Berdych may reflect proudly on the best year of his career, his post-Wimbledon slump smacked of a player bereft of form and belief.
That much was clear from the very first point against Djokovic - a visibly nervous Berdych opening proceedings with a double-fault - but against Roddick he looked sharp and confident from the outset, clipping a beautiful forehand winner up the line in game one.
Few in the men's game rival Roddick when it comes to statistics on serve and the 28-year-old came out all guns blazing as usual, conceding only four points in his opening five service games.
The set was turning into a war of attrition with an occasional flash of brilliance thrown into the mix, but it came to life in game 10 when Roddick, leading 5-4, applied serious pressure to the Berdych serve.
The 2003 US Open champion forced his opponent to put a backhand wide, an approach long and a volley wide to bring up two set points.
But Berdych stayed calm and came up with some huge combinations and a wonderous half-volley pick-up at the net to avert the danger before mounting an assault on Roddick's serve in game 11.
The 6ft 5in right-hander fought his way back from 40-15 down to make deuce and, after coaxing Roddick into drilling a backhand beyond the baseline, broke serve with a brilliant forehand return.
Roddick was enjoying greater backing from the afternoon crowd, but the Berdych fans were making plenty of noise and their man was now stirring.
He comfortably served out the first set and picked up where he left off at the start of the second, signalling his intentions by sealing a love hold with a booming ace out wide in game four.
That gave Berdych the perfect platform from which to land the decisive blow - and he delivered it in game five when Roddick sliced into the tramlines for 15-40 and was then similarly inaccurate with a overhead from the baseline.
Berdych still had work to do and how he did it.
Another stunning pick-up gave him a 4-2 lead and, following a gritty hold in game eight, he sealed the 85-minute win by dismantling Roddick's serve once more in game nine.
Roddick felt the turning point came when Berdych saved two set points at 4-5 in the first set.
"I don't think he came into the match with a lot of confidence," stated a downbeat Roddick. "Being able to get through game 10 in the first set definitely raised his confidence level. He played well in the second set."
Tomas Berdych reacts to a play during his men's singles match against Andy Roddick during ATP World Tour Finals at O2 Arena on November 24, 2010 in London, England.