Berdych’s First Semis Since February

February

Qatar ExxonMobil Open, Doha [55] Pierre-Hughes Herbert (FRA) vs. [71] Tomas Berdych (CZE) It was their first meeting and the advantage should have been Herbert’s; however, years of being ranked in the top ten came to Berdych’s rescue. While he played with a certain freedom, Herbert played tentatively. Despite the score, Herbert was right in…

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Berdych’s Mental Meltdown

Rogers Cup, Toronto [1] Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs. [8] Tomas Berdych (CZE)  2013 was the last time Berdych was able to defeat Djokovic.  I have watched Berdych for years and have asked repeatedly why has such a talented player never won a Major title and only won one Masters 1000 title?  Every time I watch…

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Tough Loss For Zverev

Open 13 Provence, France [CR8] Tomas Berdych (CZE) vs. [CR56] Alexander Zverev (GER) Zverev was so close, he could practically taste the victory, and then he got anxious.  Zverev had break points to get his biggest victory to date and he got tentative.  He went away from his attacking style and hesitantly pushed the ball…

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Djokovic Struggled Through

BNP Paribas Masters, Paris [CR1] Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs. [CR5] Tomas Berdych (CZE) It was a much better effort from Berdych; however, it was not enough. Despite playing poorly for the second consecutive day, Djokovic struggled through to victory. When you consider how many opportunities he gave Berdych to defeat him, it is a testament…

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Six Reasons I am Glad Simon Won

THE CHAMPIONSHIPS, WIMBLEDON [CR13] Gilles Simon (FRA) vs. [CR18] Gael Monfils (FRA) As much as I admire the tennis talent and entertainment skills of Monfils, I am glad that his friend and countryman won and gets to play in the round of 16 on Monday. SIX REASONS WHY SIMON GETS MY VOTE 1. He will fight to win the…

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A bit of revenge for Nadal

Mutua Madrid Open, Spain Men’s Semi-finals: [CR4] Rafael Nadal (ESP) vs. [CR7] Tomas Berdych (CZE) Nadal had dominated Berdych since October 2006.  He won seventeen consecutive matches until Berdych ended the domination by defeating him at the 2015 Australian Open. Today’s match was significant on multiple levels for Nadal. If he won, he would get…

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