• Berdych, Tsonga square off in Shanghai quarterfinals

    10/11/12 5:57 PM | Ricky Dimon
    Berdych, Tsonga square off in Shanghai quarterfinals A blockbuster quarterfinal is in the cards for Friday in Shanghai, with Tomas Berdych going up against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. The winner will face either Novak Djokovic or Tommy Haas.

    It will be a hard-hitting showdown and a possible preview of a World Tour Finals matchup when Tomas Berdych and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga collide in the quarterfinals of the Shanghai Rolex Masters on Friday.

    The two competitors have faced each other on just two previous occasions (both on hard courts), and the head-to-head series is tied up at one apiece. Berdych prevailed 6-4, 4-6, 6-1 last fall in Beijing before Tsonga got revenge with a 6-3, 7-5 semifinal victory at the year-end championship.

    Both players have continued to deliver stellar tennis and they are well on their way to return trips to London. Berdych reached the semifinals of the U.S. Open and he is an awesome 52-18 for his 2012 campaign. The seventh-ranked Czech lost last week in the Tokyo quarterfinals but so far in Shanghai he has taken out Andreas Seppi and Sam Querrey.

    Tsonga has caught fire after suffering an early setback in Flushing Meadows. The sixth-ranked Frenchman captured the Metz title indoors and finished runner-up to Novak Djokovic last weekend in Beijing. Tsonga booked his spot in the quarters by defeating both Benoit Paire and Marcos Baghdatis in straight sets. He boasts a similar 50-18 record for the season.

    This should be one of the best matches of the tournament and it looks like a complete tossup. If there's an ever-so-slight edge in current form, it may go to Berdych. His last three losses have come to eventual champions (John Isner in the Winston-Salem final, Andy Murray in the U.S. Open semis, Kei Nishikori in Tokyo).

    Berdych in three entertaining sets is the pick.

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Berdych's game looks so awesome! He has such a big game, so much power, and comes with precision and pace, oh and such a big serve! It seems that he's mentally there too, believing in himself and his own game. I think he'll win this match. Tsonga may have more varieties but he can sometimes come out with some strange shot selections.

PS. I'm waiting to see a top form Berdych/Delpo match sometime soon.

luckystar , 10/12/12 9:38 AM

Much prefer Tsonga and when he serves well his game looks top notch.
However, his return game looks anything but. :(

deuce , 10/12/12 9:48 AM

Congrats to Berdych for the win, and in straight sets. Well done. Looking forward to his next match if it's against Nole.

luckystar , 10/12/12 9:54 AM

This was a nice win for Berdy. I did get to actually see this match. Berdy was looking very good. When he is on, you can appreciate his big serve and powerful groundstrokes. He looked very focused out there.

I know that Tsonga took a MTO early in that first set to have his back worked on. I don't know what it was, but he came out and seemed okay. I agree with lucky about Tsonga's shot selection at times. I watched his match with Paire and he kept trying these drop shots at the wrong time, in the wrong court position and of course they went right into the net. He seems to not be a thinker on court. It's like he just reacts. Today Berdy was too good for him.

Nativenewyorker , 10/12/12 10:18 AM

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