The 2009 Wimbledon men’s singles champion – Roger Federer, was defeated by Tomas Berdych in the quarter finals at Wimbledon 2010 today on centre court. Berdych was the better player on the day and won in 4 sets as predicted here at OCA. Berdych won 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 in 2 hours and 35 minutes.
Federer had beaten Berdych in 8 out of their 10 matches prior to today. Berdych won their last match which they played earlier this year in Miami by 8 points to 6 in the final set tie break after Federer had a match point. Berdych also came close to beating Federer at the 2009 Australian Open, where he lead by 2 sets to love and was up a break in the 3rd set, before Federer came back tio win in 5 sets.
When asked what let him down in this match the 6 time Wimbledon champion said, “I was just not able to defend well enough and I didn’t come up with the good stuff when I had to.” The 28 year old Federer did not play aggressively against the 2nd serve of his opponent. About his return of serve Federer said, “I tried to slice it; I tried to play aggressive. You know, first you just want to try to make the returns.”
Federer mostly played a safe, floating slice backhand return which allowed Berdych the time to run around his backhand use his power forehand to hit winners and control the points. It seemed a lot like Federer was playing not to lose, playing defensively and not as confidently as we are used to seeing him play. Federer even finished with less unforced errors which indicates he was not going for as much as he could have. Whereas Berdych was going for his shots in an effort to go after Federer and try to win points.
After winning Berdych said, I’m not surprised, I’m very happy with my performance today. I was playing really well. I had some weak moments in the second set when I lost my serve and gave him chance to win the set. I didn’t have any special tactics. For me the important thing was to play my tennis, serve well… play aggressive.”
The critical factor was the how well Berdych played the big points versus how Federer lacked sting at these times. Federer converted just 1 of 8 break point opportunities as opposed to Berdych who had 2 less opportunities but converted 4 out of his 6 break point chances. Especially, on grass, the big matches in men’s tennis are all about trying to break your opponent’s serve. In this match once either play broke serve they won the set, that is, there were no break backs at all.
The 1.96m current World No.13 is looking to make it to his first Grand Slam final. Berdych has to move on and perform again to defeat Novak Djokovic who has beaten him in straight sets both times that they have played against one another. Their last meeting was at the Miami ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament in 2009.
Berdych has now made 2 Grand Slam semi finals in a row and after his performances at Roland Garros and Wimbledon this year, he would be a very worthy winner. If he can go all the way this year he will become only the 3rd player to win a Grand Slam singles title besides Federer or Rafael Nadal, since Nadal’s 1st title at Roland Garros 2005.
Berdych is aiming to become the 1st Czech to win a Grand Slam singles title since Petr Korda won the 1998 Australian Open. Prior to that Ivan Lendl’s 1990 Australian Open win was the last Czech victory. Jan Kodes is the only Czech to win Wimbledon in the open era, he won in 1973.
Depending on how Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray go for the remainder of the tournament, it is possible that Federer could drop to World No.4 when the new rankings are released on Monday 5 July. Federer is so amazing that statistics like the 2010 Wimbledon Men’s Singles Final will be the first time since 2002 that the world record holder of 16 Grand Salm singles titles will NOT be playing.
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