|Posted on June 11, 2011 at 9:19 PM|
Tomas Berdych saw off the challenge of fifth seed Viktor Troicki to reach the semi-finals of the Gerry Weber Open in Halle on Friday. Berdych, who is aiming to reach his third Halle final, will take on Philipp Petzschner in the last four after the home favourite upset eight-seeded Canadian Milos Raonic 6-3 6-7[6/8] 6-3.
H2H Tomas Berdych vs Philipp Petzschner
Order of Play – Saturday, June 11, 2011 CENTER COURT - Matches Start At: 2:00 pm Philipp KOHLSCHREIBER (GER) vs Gael MONFILS (FRA) Not Before 4:30 PM Philipp PETZSCHNER (GER) vs Tomas BERDYCH (CZE) followed by Rohan BOPANNA (IND)/Aisam-Ul-Haq QURESHI (PAK) vs ChristopherKAS (GER)/Philipp KOHLSCHREIBER (GER)
Order of Play – Saturday, June 11, 2011
CENTER COURT - Matches Start At: 2:00 pm
Philipp KOHLSCHREIBER (GER) vs Gael MONFILS (FRA)
Not Before 4:30 PM
Philipp PETZSCHNER (GER) vs Tomas BERDYCH (CZE)
Rohan BOPANNA (IND)/Aisam-Ul-Haq QURESHI (PAK) vs ChristopherKAS (GER)/Philipp KOHLSCHREIBER (GER)
HALLE SATURDAY PREVIEW - TOP 10 STARS FACE GERMAN CHALLENGERS IN SEMI-FINALS
Two of the ATP World Tour’s Top 10 stars will take on unseeded Philipps from Germany on Saturday afternoon as the semi-finals of the Gerry Weber Open take place on the grass courts of Halle. This is the fourth straight year a German duo are in the semi-finals in Halle.
The first semi-final pits No. 3 seed Gael Monfils against Philipp Kohlschreiber. Operating on a career-high ranking of No. 8 this week, Monfils has cruised into the semi-finals in his first appearance in Halle without losing a set, in fact not even being pushed beyond 6-4 in any of those sets. Kohlschreiber will be a tough customer, though. Not only is this his fourth semi-final in seven career appearances at this tournament, but he also took out No. 7 seed Alexandr Dolgopolov and defending champion Lleyton Hewitt in straight sets in his last two rounds. Additionally, the German has a strong 4-5 career record against Top 10 players on grass.
Second up is No. 2 seed Tomas Berdych against Philipp Petzschner. Although this is Berdych’s 10th time reaching the quarter-finals of an ATP World Tour event this year, he has yet to reach a final (he has three semi-final finishes and six quarter-final finishes). With a proven track record on grass, which includes winning here in 2007 and reaching the finals of Wimbledon last year, he will be favored today. But Petzschner already took out a seed this week (No. 8 seed Milos Raonic) and does have one prior win over Berdych, although it was on clay. The German has done well against top players on grass - he is 1-2 against the Top 10 on it (the win came over Fernando Verdasco here two years ago, and he pushed Rafael Nadal to five sets at Wimbledon last year).
Philipp Petzschner (GER) vs. (2) Tomas Berdych (CZE) Berdych leads 3-1
2009 Washington DC (USA) Hard R16 Tomas Berdych 4-6 6-3 6-3
2009 Cincinnati (USA) Hard R32 Tomas Berdych 7-6 6-7 6-4
2010 Munich (Germany) Clay QF Philipp Petzschner 1-6 6-3 6-4
2011 Dubai (UAE) Hard QF Tomas Berdych 7-5 6-4
SF: Munich (l Mayer); QF: Dubai (l Berdych)
YTD W-L: 17-11
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 1
Date of Birth: March 24, 1984
South African Airways 2011 ATP Ranking: 71
• Playing second SF of year (first SF came at Munich on clay - l. to Mayer)
• Fourth appearance in Halle (7-3 record); fell early in first two attempts but reached SF last year (l. to Federer); is 3-0 so far this year (d. LL Meffert in 1st Rd., Gimeno-Traver in 2nd Rd. and No. 8 seed Raonic in QFs)
• This week has won 32 of 35 service games (91%) and No. 3 in second serve pts. won (62%) and No. 5 in first serve pts. won (79%)…Has won 10 of 33 return games (30%)
• Career-high is No. 35 (set September 14, 2009)
• Has a career record of 14-12 on grass and in his only previous ATP World Tour singles final, won the title in Vienna in October 2008 as a qualifier (d. Monfils)
SF: Chennai (l Wawrinka); Dubai (l Djokovic); Nice (l Almagro); QF: Australian Open (l Djokovic); Rotterdam (W/O vs Tsonga); Marseille (l Cilic); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami (l Nadal); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid (l Bellucci); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Rome (l Gasquet)
YTD W-L: 29-12
YTD Titles: 0/Career Titles: 5
Date of Birth: September 17, 1985
South African Airways 2011 ATP Ranking: 7
• Playing fourth SF of year but trying to reach first final (went this far at Chennai, Dubai and Nice); has reached QFs or better at 10 of 13 events this year (had a disappointing 1st Rd. loss in last event at Roland Garros)
• Fifth appearance in Halle (13-3 record); in first two attempts, reached final in 2006 (l. to Federer) and won title in 2007 (d. Baghdatis in final); fell 2nd Rd. last two years but is now back in SFs, going 3-0 so far this year (as No. 2 seed, d. qualifiers Bemelmans and Hernych in 1st Rd. and 2nd Rd. and No. 5 seed Troicki in QFs)
• This week is co-leader (w/Raonic) in aces (34) and has held 36 of 38 service games (95%), saving 10 of 12 break points (83%)
• Career-high is No. 6 (set October 18, 2010); currently spending 76th career week in Top 10
• Has a 34-12 career record on grass and 5-6 in career ATP World Tour level finals (1-2 on grass) and his last title came in Munich on clay in May 2009
Petzschner stuns Berdych to reach Halle final
ATP NEWS | June 11, 2011
In an all-German final, Kohlschreiber will face Philipp Petzschner, who battled to a 7-6(7), 2-6, 6-3 victory over second-seeded Czech Tomas Berdych. It will be the first all-German final in the tournament’s 18-year history, and the first on the ATP World Tour since Tommy Haas defeated Nicolas Kiefer in Los Angeles in 2004.
World No. 71 Petzschner saved eight of 12 break points, but converted on all three of his chances on Berdych’s serve to clinch the hard-fought victory in two hours and 19 minutes.
The 27-year-old Petzschner fell at the semi-final stage in Halle last year (l. to Federer) and is through to the final for the first time. He will look to win his second career ATP World Tour title three years on from lifting the trophy as a qualifier indoors in Vienna (d. Monfils).
World No. 7 Berdych was hoping to reach his first tour-level final since finishing runner-up at Wimbledon (l. to Nadal) nearly a year ago. The 25-year-old Berdych dropped to a 29-13 match record on the season after losing at the semi-final stage of an ATP World Tour event for the third time.
Beau Berdych during his semi-final match in Halle
Unseeded Philipp Petzschner booked his spot in one of the most unexpected finals in GERRY WEBER OPEN history, beating second seed and 2007 champion Tomas Berdych 7-6(7), 2-6, 6-3 to set up a historic Sunday showdown with fellow unseeded German Philipp Kohlschreiber.
The last ATP final with two unseeded Germans dates back to July 18, 2004 when Tommy Haas beat Nicolas Kiefer 7-6(6), 6-4 on the hard courts of Los Angeles. The world number 71 Petzschner broke the world number 7 Czech’s serve to begin the match only to see Berdych break right back.
Petzschner and Berdych again broke-rebroke in the 11th and 12th games to set up the tiebreaker. In the extra frame, Petzschner jumped ahead 4-1 with two points off Berdych’s serve before the big Czech won the sixth and 10th points off Petzschner’s service game to even the score at 5-5. But Petzschner picked up the tie-break 9-7 off Berdych’s serve.
Berdych did not waste any time getting back into the match, breaking Petzschner’s first two service games for a 4-0 lead, which he held on for a 6-2 set victory. Both players held their serves in the second set without even giving up a break point until Petzschner used his opportunity for a 5-2 lead with Berdych striking his forehand into the net. Petzschner defended the break at 15 and had triple match point in the ninth game, winning the match when Berdych’s forehand went long after 2 hours 19 minutes.
“This was a sensational match. He is a fantastic player. The only way I stayed in the match was with fight and grit,” said Petzschner. “Even if I had lost I could have been proud of my performance.” The winner added: “It’s an unbelievable final. We will have another German victor in Halle.”
“It was the kind of grass match where the winner just took it by one or two points,” said Berdych.
Tomas Berdych in action during the tennis semifinal match at the Gerry Weber Open in Halle, Germany, Saturday, June 11, 2011
Tomas in action against Philipp Petzschner