• Berdych, Tipsarevic advance to Chennai semis

    1/7/11 10:52 PM | Ricky Dimon
    Berdych, Tipsarevic advance to Chennai semis  Tomas Berdych and Janko Tipsarevic reach the Chennai semifinals on Friday. They are joined there by 2010 runner-up Stanislas Wawrinka, who fought past Robin Haase.

    (1) Tomas Berdych d. Blaz Kavcic 6-3, 6-3

    Berdych did not have to show his best tennis on Friday afternoon, but he had more than enough to dominate Kavcic in the quarterfinals of the Aircel Chennai Open. The sixth-ranked Czech broke serve five times and advanced after one hour and 24 minute of play. Berdych at times produced some power baseline tennis, but he mostly let Kavcic self-destruct. The 112th-ranked Slovak double-faulted nine times, including four in a single game. A string of four straight breaks took place midway through the second set, but Berdych got back on track and held for 5-3 before breaking yet again to end the proceedings. Appropriately, it concluded with a Kavcic double-fault on match point.

    (6) Janko Tipsarevic d. Kei Nishikori 6-4, 6-4

    The scoreline looked routine, but Tipsarevic needed one hour and 42 minutes despite playing a total of just 20 games to get past Nishikori in a spririted baseline battle. Tipsarevic saved two break points in the first set to make his lone break stand up, but he fell behind early in the second. Nishikori showed signs of staging yet another comeback from a set down, but he promptly gave back both of the breaks. With momentum back in hand, Tipsarevic was not about to let it slip away. The 49th-ranked Serb served at 81 percent in the second set and finished off his opponent with a strong hold at 5-4. Next up for Tipsarevic is Xavier Malisse, who destroyed Bjorn Phau 6-0, 6-2.

    (3) Stanislas Wawrinka d. (8) Robin Haase 3-6, 6-3, 6-3

    In a match that ended well past 2:00 in the morning, Wawrinka overcame Haase after one hour and 55 minutes to set up a semifinal showdown with Berdych. A one-hour rain delay halted play at 1-1 in the first set, and Wawrinka came back out in uninspiring form. The 21st-ranked Swiss lost his serve at love and never came close to recovering throughout the opening frame of play. Thereafter, however, Wawrinka was a different player who could no wrong. A slight dip in Haase's form led to a drastic momentum shift and one break was enough for the favorite in each of the final two sets. Wawrinka, who finished with seven aces, did not face a single break point following the first set.

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2:00 in the morning!! Was anybody still there besides you?! SD from Atl.

scoot , 1/8/11 12:42 AM

very few survived till 215

RickyDimon , 1/8/11 4:56 AM

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