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2011 Basel Round 1: Tomas Berdych vs [WC] Kei Nishikori

Posted on November 1, 2011 at 8:00 PM

This year’s Swiss Indoors Basel features five of the top eight players (10 of 20 overall) in the South African Airways ATP Rankings. Basel is one of 11 ATP World Tour 500 level tournaments.

The top seed is World No. 1 and 2009 winner Novak Djokovic and the No. 2 seed is wild card Andy Murray, who makes his return to Basel for the first time since 2005. The No. 3 seed is four-time champion Roger Federer, who defeated Djokovic in last year’s final.

The other seeds are:

- No. 4 Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic

- No. 5 Mardy Fish of the U.S.

- No. 6 Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia

- No. 7 Andy Roddick of the U.S.

- No. 8 Viktor Troicki of Serbia.

The top trio already have secured a spot in the season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London. There are three positions left and the five other seeds are among the contenders.





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H2H Tomas Berdych vs Kei Nishikori


(4) Tomas Berdych (CZE) vs (WC) Kei Nishikori (JPN) Nishikori Leads 1-0

2009 Brisbane (Australia) Hard R16 Kei Nishikori 7-6(7) 6-3

Berdych FastFacts:

2011 Highlights:

W: Beijing (d Cilic); SF: Chennai (l Wawrinka); Dubai (l Djokovic); Nice (l Almagro); Halle (l Petzschner); Bastad (l Soderling); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Cincinnati (l Djokovic); 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).

YTD W-L: 48-19 (32-11 on hard)

YTD Titles: 1

Career Titles: 6

Date of Birth: September 17, 1985

South African Airways ATP Ranking: 7

• Berdych, 26, the top player from the Czech Republic, is making his fifth appearance in Basel (3-4 record) and his best result came four years ago when he reached the quarter-finals

• Last month he captured his sixth career ATP World Tour title in Beijing (d. Cilic), his first title since Munich in May 2009…Has a 6-6 career mark in finals

• Has a 48-19 match record (32-11 on hard) this season…He’s also reached six semi-finals, three have come on hard courts – Chennai in January, Dubai in late February and ATP Masters 1000 Cincinnati in August (ret. vs. Djokovic due to shoulder injury)

• 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)

• At Roland Garros lost in 1st Rd. to Stephane Robert (9-7 in fifth set), his only opening round exit in 20 events this year…Also 4th Rd. at Wimbledon (l. to Fish) and 3rd Rd. at US Open (ret. vs. Tipsarevic)

Nishikori FastFacts:

2011 Highlights:

F: Houston (l Sweeting); SF: Delray Beach (l Tipsarevic); Eastbourne (l Tipsarevic); Kuala Lumpur (l Tipsarevic); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Shanghai (l Murray); QF: Chennai (l Tipsarevic).

YTD W-L: 32-20 (22-12 on hard)

YTD Titles: 0

Career Titles: 1

Date of Birth: December 29, 1989

South African Airways ATP Ranking: 32

• Nishikori, 21, a wild card entry, is making his Basel main draw debut

• The top Asian player on the ATP World Tour has a 32-20 match record on the season (22-12 on hard) and in his last tournament, he reached his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 semi-final in Shanghai on Oct. 15 (l. to Murray)…It was his career-best fifth semi-final or better this year

• He came into this year with 26 career tour level matches between 2007-10 and has a 32-20 mark this season (22-12 on hard courts)

• After Shanghai, he reached a career-high No. 30 on Oct. 17, becoming the highest-ranked Japanese man in ATP World Tour Rankings history (since 1973), which was held by Shuzo Matsuoka, who reached No. 46 on July 6, 1992

• He posted his second career Top 10 win (2-10) over No. 9 Tsonga in the second round of Shanghai (’08 US Open, d. No. 4 Ferrer) and then lost to No. 4 Murray in the semi-finals

• In late September, he reached his fourth ATP World Tour semi-final (or better) of the season in Kuala Lumpur, losing to eventual champion Janko Tipsarevic for the fifth time this year…His best result was a runner-up in Houston (l. to Sweeting) in April…He also was a semi-finalist in Delray Beach in February and Eastbourne in June (l. to Tipsarevic both times)

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I no longer remembered that match. Huge misadventure.

Well, Tomas, it's time to 'repair' H2H and make it to 1-1

Tuesday Briefing - Basel, by Greg Sharko

Last up on Centre Court is No. 4 seed Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic against Japanese wild card Kei Nishikori. Berdych is the leading contender for one of the last three spots available at the eight-man Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, currently No. 6 in the ATP race standings. Nishikori could be dangerous however, for a few reasons: firstly, he is coming off a career week in Shanghai, where he scored his second career Top 10 win over No. 9 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga en route to his first ATP Masters 1000 semi-final; secondly, he beat Berdych in their only previous meeting, at Brisbane in January 2009. The highest-ranked Japanese player in history, 21-year-old Nishikori is playing this tournament for the first time.

Order of Play - Tuesday, November 1, 2011

CENTER COURT - Matches Start At: 13:30

James BLAKE (USA) vs Mardy FISH (USA)

Not Before 15:00

Ivan DODIG (CRO) vs Stanislas WAWRINKA (SUI)

Not Before 18:00


Not Before 18:30


Not Before 20:00


followed by a Doubles match



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Tomas lost…

poor service game, too much unforced errors

ATP NEWS | Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

Two Barclays ATP World Tour Finals hopefuls, Tomas Berdych and Mardy Fish, both fell at the first hurdle. The fourth-seeded Berdych bowed out to Japan's Kei Nishikori 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, while No. 5 seed Fish retired due to a left hamstring injury after one game of his match against fellow American James Blake.

Berdych and Fish respectively hold down the No. 6 and No. 8 spots in the South African Airways 2011 ATP Year-To-Date Rankings and will be looking to maintain their places in the Top 8 at the conclusion of the regular season at next week's BNP Paribas Masters.


Tomas Berdych returns a shot in his match against Kei Nishikori of Japan during day two

of the Swiss Indoors at St Jakobshalle on November 1, 2011 in Basel, Switzerland.


Alexander Tyson | BETTOR

Tomas Berdych bows out to Kei Nishikori in the first round clash – Davidoff Swiss Indoors Basel 2011

Surprising outcomes keep coming in the opening round of the Davidoff Swiss Indoors Basel and the world number seven, Tomas Berdych of Czech Republic, suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of the 32nd ranked Japanese competitor, Kei Nishikori, on Tuesday evening.

The contest took two hours and four minutes to conclude, with Nishikori wrapping the three-setter at 3-6-, 6-3, 6-2, to dump the fourth seeded Berdych and booked a place in the round of 16 of the ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) World Tour 500 event.

The local crowd present at the indoor hard courts of the St. Jakobshalle in Basel, Switzerland, witnessed an amazing turnaround from the Japanese competitor, who recovered from being one set down to reel off the last two sets of the match. Nishikori was blown away by the fourth seed in the opening set but made a tremendous come back in the following sets to surprise everyone.

“I’m really happy the way I played today,” said the world number 32 Nishikori in his post match reviews. “It was a slow start for me, but getting rhythm in the second set and playing really well in the third, so I’m really happy.”

21-year-old Nishikori is having a brilliant season run so far, having a 33-20 winning record till date and he recently became the highest ranked Japanese tennis player in the history as well. He also defeated Berdych in straight sets at the Brisbane International two years ago and now leads the head-to-head series by 2-0 against the world number seven.

Berdych registered only one serve break in the entire matchup, while suffered three crushing ones from the Japanese opponent to finish on the losing side in the end. He took the opening set in a convincing manner but suddenly lost his way through to the second set of the match. Nishikori nailed one break of serve to clinch the set number two and then carried on with his winning momentum in the final set as well, breaking the Czech serve twice to conclude his emphatic victory.


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Nishikori beats Berdych...

Tomas is hoping to qualify for the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals.

The last qualifying tournament is next week in Paris.


Handshake Nishikori/Berdych

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Allez Tomas, forget that match
Here is an encouraging quote... it's a Japanese proverb ;-)

"Fall seven times, stand up eight."


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