|Posted on August 20, 2011 at 2:30 PM|
Finally Tomas -seen here during his QF match against Federer- will play today
Hopefully his shoulder will hold up for his semi-final against Djokovic
*later I knew that I made a vain wish*
Berdych, Fish vault into W&S semifinals
Join Murray, Djokovic in final four
MASON, Ohio -- So long, Roger Federer. Goodbye, Rafael Nadal.
Two of the top three seeds in the Western & Southern Open were upset in Friday's men's quarterfinals at the Lindner Family Tennis Center, setting up two intriguing semifinals and paving the way for the first non-Federer winner since 2008.
Two-time defending champion Federer made an early exit courtesy of Tomas Berdych, who won a 6-2, 7-6 (3) match that lasted 91 minutes. The upset came soon after two-time W&S finalist Mardy Fish defeated Nadal 6-3, 6-4.
Saturday, 2008 W&S champion Andy Murray, past finalists Novak Djokovic and Fish, and first-time semifinalist Berdych will vie for spots in Sunday's men's final. Murray and Fish play a 1 p.m. semifinal on Center Court, and No. 1-ranked Djokovic and Berdych follow.
Saturday's match is the first between Fish and Murray since Fish won last year in a W&S quarterfinals matchup. Djokovic enters his semifinal with a 56-1 record this year and is 6-1 all-time against Berdych.
• The 25-year-old Czech Republic native has a 12-6 record in his seventh appearance; best result in first six attempts was QFs in 2009 (l. to Nadal); reached 3rd Rd. twice (2007 and 2010) and 2nd Rd. twice [2005 and 2008] and fell 1st Rd. once (2006)
• This week has yet to lose a set in posting wins over Juan Monaco 76(2) 60, No. 9 seed Nicolas Almagro 62 62 and No. 3 Roger Federer 62 76(3)
SF: Chennai (l Wawrinka); Dubai (l Djokovic); Nice (l Almagro); Halle (l Petzschner); Bastad (l Soderling); 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); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Montreal (l Tipsarevic)
2011 in Review:
• The top player from the Czech Republic is making his sixth semi-final showing in 17 tournaments this season…Has a 39-16 match record (24-8 on hard) and a 2-5 mark vs. Top 10 opponents (22-56 in career)…His wins came over No. 9 Verdasco at Australian Open and No. 3 Federer on Friday
• His best results are five ATP World Tour semi-finals, the last coming in Bastad (l. to Soderling) last month
• He is trying to reach his 12th career ATP World Tour final (5-6), the first since Wimbledon last year (l. to Nadal)
• He opened the year with a semi-final in Chennai (l. to Wawrinka) and followed with quarter-final efforts at the Australian Open (l. to Djokovic), Rotterdam (W/O vs. Tsonga) and Marseille in February (l. to Cilic)…Also a semi-finalist in Dubai (l. to Djokovic)
• In March, played in first round Davis Cup tie vs. Kazahkstan and beat Kukushkin in second rubber and lost to Golubev in four sets in fourth rubber
• At Roland Garros lost in the first round to Stephane Robert (9-7 in fifth set) and at Wimbledon reached the fourth round (l. to Fish)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 History
• Has an 87-59 career match record and his best result was the title in Paris in 2005 (d. No. 10 Ljubicic in five sets)…Also runner-up in Miami last year (l. to Roddck) and semi-finalist four other times – ’06 Madrid, ’07 Monte-Carlo and ’08 Miami, including this week
Order of Play – Saturday, August 20, 2011
CENTER COURT – Starting At 11:00 am
Andy MURRAY (GBR) vs Mardy FISH (USA)
Not Before 2:30 PM
Novak DJOKOVIC (SRB) vs Tomas BERDYCH (CZE)
Not Before 7:00 PM
Maria SHARAPOVA (RUS) vs Vera ZVONAREVA (RUS)
Andrea PETKOVIC (GER) vs Jelena JANKOVIC (SRB)
Tomas Berdych lunges for a shot while playing Novak Djokovic
H2H Tomas Berdych vs Novak Djokovic
Cincinnati Saturday Briefing
by Greg Sharko | 20.08.2011
It’s an all-Top 10 semi-final line-up in Saturday’s Western & Southern Open as the World No. 1, No. 4, No. 7 and No. 9 ranked players are remaining in the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament. Three of the four remaining players have yet to drop a set going into the semi-finals.
The first semi-final features No. 4 Andy Murray against No. 7 Mardy Fish, who is 4-3 lifetime against the British No. 1, winning the past three meetings.
The second semi-final pits World No. 1 Novak Djokovic against No. 8 seed Tomas Berdych, who is ranked No. 9. Berdych pulled off a big win over No. 3 seed Federer in the quarter-finals and is now through to his first semi-final at this tournament. “I was really working on my serve after Wimbledon,” said Berdych, who didn’t face a single break point in his 62 76(3) win over Federer. “Roger is just a great player. I probably played my best match of the year.”
Berdych has had an incredibly consistent year, reaching the quarter-finals or semi-finals at 13 of the 17 ATP World Tour events he has played - but he is still looking for his first final. Standing in the way of that is Djokovic, who has had a nearly perfect season - 32-0 on hard courts, 30-0 in ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments and 56-1 overall win-loss (losing to Federer in the Roland Garros semis).
Djokovic leads Berdych in their head-to-head series, 6-1, the one loss coming on the lawns of Wimbledon last year - Djokovic is 6-0 against Berdych on hard courts. But Berdych has overcome the odds before, with two career wins over a reigning World No. 1 (beating Federer at the Athens Olympics in 2004 and at Miami in 2010) - he is 2-10 overall against reigning World No. 1s (2-7 against Federer, 0-3 against Nadal).
Tomas retires hurt, with shoulder injury... wise decision ahead of USO
*Get well soon Tomas*
Shoulder injury ends Tomas’ run
Djokovic to face Murray after Berdych retirement
ESPN staff | August 20, 2011
Novak Djokovic was handed straight forward passage into the final of the Western & Southern Open, after Tomas Berdych retired hurt after losing the opening set.
The hot conditions in Cincinnati have gradually taken their toll on all the players still involved in the tournament, with neither man playing at the top of their game on Saturday afternoon. Berdych had called the trainer to attend to a shoulder injury while ahead in the first set, but was convinced to call it a day after eventually succumbing 7-5 to fall behind.
"It's a shame," Djokovic said of Berdych's exit. "Playing many matches this summer is taking its toll. I'm not the fittest guy around, either. I'm feeling pretty much the same injury he has but his is more serious so unfortunately he had to finish."
Berdych, who beat Roger Federer on Friday, began the contest brightly - even moving ahead after securing one of the rarer achievements in the game currently, a break of Djokovic's serve.
But the Czech appeared to be struggling more and more as the games passed by, and decided to preserve his body for the forthcoming US Open once it became clear he would have to go to three sets to beat the Serbian.
Djokovic will now face Andy Murray in the final - a repeat of the 2008 contest that saw the Scot claim his first major Masters series title.
"It's great I'm in another final but I've felt better for sure," Djokovic said. "I will try to recover now for tomorrow's match.
"I hope it is not going to be too hot for both of us. Let's hope for another good match - we have a good rivalry."
Tomas walks off the court after he retired from the match against Novak Djokovic
Djokovic To Face Murray For Title
by ATP Staff | 20.08.2011
World No. 1 Novak Djokovic will look to win his 10th title of the season on Sunday in the final of the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati when he faces Andy Murray in a re-match of the Australian Open championship match.
The Serbian earned his place in the final with victory over Tomas Berdych on Saturday. He had just rallied from 3-5 down to win the first set 7-5, when his Czech opponent was forced to retire with a right shoulder injury.
“It’s great I’m in another final. It's a great achievement. Tomorrow I'll try to get another title.” said Djokovic, who returned from a four-week break last week with victory at the Rogers Cup in Montreal (d. Fish). “I hope it’s not going to be too hot and let’s hope for another good match. We have a good rivalry, same age, same generation and it’s nice to play him in a final again.
“This is a surface that he plays well on, I think,” the Serb continued. “We played here finals, two tough sets, and he has won that. So he knows what it takes to win a big match, a big tournament. So there is no favourite tomorrow.”
The 24-year-old Djokovic won in straight sets when he faced Murray in the Australian Open final in January, and prevailed in a closer-run contest in the Rome semi-finals four months later. The Belgrade native has compiled a 57-1 match record on the season, with his only defeat coming to Roger Federer in the Roland Garros semi-finals.
Djokovic has already won a record five ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crowns this year, with victory in Indian Wells, Miami, Rome, Madrid and Montreal, and will look to win the Cincinnati title for the first time after runner-up efforts in 2008 (l. to Murray) and 2009 (l. to Federer).
World No. 9 Berdych was coming off his biggest win of the season over Roger Federer and was looking to reach his first final since 2010 Wimbledon (l. to Nadal).
“In the beginning, [the injury] just started like if I had to stretch, especially for the backhand side and some air balls,” explained Berdych. “But since the match was going on, then especially it started more on the serve, which is for me the worst.
“I felt pretty well in the beginning, so I was pretty much confident that if I would stay healthy that I would have a really good chance today. Right now I'm just really hoping to get ready to be ready for my first match at the US Open.”
Berdych's retirement, the first in the semifinals of the event since 1977, came two days after the Czech aggravated his shoulder during a doubles match.
After beating Roger Federer in straight sets on Friday, Berdych withdrew from his doubles match Friday night, and said he woke up Saturday morning not sure how his shoulder would respond.
"I just went, you know, really to see how it's going to be in the match," Berdych said. "I start and it was quite OK. (But) I mean, it was still I had to play something completely different than I want to."
Despite shooting pains in his bandaged right shoulder, Berdych controlled the early part of the first set.
Berdych used long rallies to move Djokovic all around Center Court, and complimented it with four aces in taking a 5-3 lead.
After Djokovic held serve to pull to 5-4, Berdych received treatment from a trainer. He dropped the next 10 points, including two service games.
After his 22nd unforced error ended the first set, Berdych quickly indicated to the chair umpire his intention to retire and vacated Center Court quickly.
Tomas Berdych's Shoulder Injury Puts Novak Djokovic Into Final
by Ben Rothenberg | 20 August 2011No. 8 seed Tomas Berdych retired after losing the first set of his semifinal 7-5 to No. 1 Novak Djokovic.Berdych broke Djokovic in the seventh game of the set, and held to take a 5-3 lead. But after Djokovic held for 5-4, Berdych received a medical timeout, and the end of his tournament did not seem far off.
Berdych had previously received treatment for his shoulder after his quarterfinal win over Roger Federer, so the withdrawal was not a big surprise to anyone, Djokovic included.
Q: How surprised were you by Berdych retiring?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: I wasn't [surprised] because I knew. We know what's going on. I knew before. We have a similar issue there but he has it more serious, so it's unfortunate. You know, I hope he recovers well for US Open. But, look, usually these things happen, due to the tough schedule and every day playing under tough conditions.
After his loss against Djokovic, Berdych added that if his match against Federer had gone into a third set, he would have likely retired. Berdych said that it had not yet been determined what exactly was wrong with his shoulder, and that he hoped to be ready for his first US Open match.
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Berdych beats Federer to reach semis at Cincinatti but retires through injury
RADIO PRAGUE | 20 August 2011
It’s been two years since the Czech tennis player Tomas Berdych won his last tournament title, and he needed a major win this season after reaching 12 quarterfinals. Things were looking good for the world number nine at the ATP Cincinnati event last week when Berdych beat world number three Roger Federer 6:2 and 7:6 in the tournament’s quaterfinals on Friday. He then took on the ATP top ranking player Novak Djokovic in the semis – but only lasted one set before throwing in the towel due a shoulder injury. Tomas Berdych spoke to Czech Radio after he dropped out.
“Of course it’s disappointing. I thought I could beat Novak Djokivic; even despite my injury, I was still able to finish the first set but unfortunately, I could not continue. I don’t know what the problem is; I feel sharp pain from the side of my shoulder into my arm and triceps. But I’ll now have enough time to consult with doctors.”
The Czech now hopes he will be fit for the season’s final event, the US Open which kicks off in a week’s time.
Handshake Djokovic / Berdych
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