• Berdych battles Wawrinka in Madrid semifinals

    5/11/13 4:24 AM | Ricky Dimon
    Berdych battles Wawrinka in Madrid semifinals Not a single one of the top four seeds advanced to the semifinals in Madrid. Saturday's second match pits Tomas Berdych against Stanislas Wawrinka.

    Tomas Berdych and Stanislas Wawrinka will be facing each other for the 11th time in their careers and for the second time this season when they square off in the semifinals of the Mutua Madrid Open on Saturday.

    Their most recent showdown came during first-round Davis Cup action, when Berdych--playing on the road in Switzerland--prevailed 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(5). One day earlier, Berdych and Lukas Rosol outlasted Wawrinka and Marco Chiudinelli 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-7(3), 24-22 in an epic doubles rubber. Overall, the singles head-to-head series is tied up at five wins apiece (Wawrinka leads it 2-0 on clay).

    Both men are in outstanding form this year. Berdych boasts a 26-8 record, which includes quarterfinal finishes at the Australian Open and in Miami plus a semifinal showing in Indian Wells. However, the sixth-ranked Czech is still in search of his first 2013 title. So far this week Berdych has taken out Jerzy Janowicz, Kevin Anderson, and Andy Murray.

    Wawrinka is heating up on the slow stuff, which he has been known to do in the past. The world No. 15 reached the Monte-Carlo quarters and he is coming off a title in Oeiras, where he rolled over David Ferrer in the final. Wawrinka has won eight matches in the last nine days following Madrid scalps of Marius Copil, Santiago Giraldo, Grigor Dimitrov, and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

    Based on current form and surface, Wawrinka would be the pick. The Swiss, though, has several factors working against him. Not only has he played a ton of tennis throughout the last two weeks, but he also needed three sets to get past both Dimitrov and Tsonga--the latter of whom he finished off at close to 2:00 AM. Furthermore, Wawrinka is dealing with a minor neck issue that contributed to his Miami withdrawal earlier this spring.

    Berdych, meanwhile, finished runner-up to Roger Federer at this event in 2012 and he is looking good again in the high-altitude conditions. Look for Berdych to wear down Wawrinka in three sets.

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RickyDimon , 5/11/13 6:31 AM

I would want Berdych to he has a high probability of losing to Rafa in the finals..haha

atul1985 , 5/11/13 7:37 AM

Really impressed with Berdy's improvements, especially his attitude, and he seems to like playing in Madrid. I notice a lot of negative comments about him in the blogosphere, I don't mind him at all! Really like the way he has addressed his previous shortcomings, shows professionalism.

Go Berdy!

rafaisthebest , 5/11/13 8:48 AM

This one has me going back and forth. I would favor Berdy here, especially given how he looked in dispatching Murray in straight sets. I thought that match would be more competitive. I also think this court suits his game. He hasn't looked good in MC and Barcelona, but now he seems to have gotten back to the kind of tennis he was playing during the hard court season.

However, Stan has impressed me quite a bit. He's always had the shots, but the confidence and belief was not there. I am thinking this match will go three sets and either guy could win, but I am going with Berdy for the win.

Nativenewyorker , 5/11/13 8:59 AM

I'm edging towards Wawa for the simple reason that he is not as error prone as Berdy. Berdy has a great asset in his big serve but makes far too many UEs.

nadline , 5/11/13 9:24 AM

It's nice to see these guys, Berdy, Wawa, Baby Fed appearing to be taking their craft seriously at last. This is good for the game because the closer they appear to be getting to the Top 4, the Top 4 will raise their game in response, fantastic!

My head says Berdy, my heart says Wawa......

I don't mind either facing Rafa, it would be interesting to see the new things they bring in that game.

rafaisthebest , 5/11/13 10:58 AM

WAWrinka to prevail in straight sets.

tennis2011 , 5/11/13 11:42 AM

Berdych is almost there ~ well so I thought, they are now 4:4 in the final set.

nadline , 5/11/13 8:58 PM

I knew Wawa would win. Berdych now goes to #7 and Delpo goes to #6.

nadline , 5/11/13 9:07 PM

RT @PseudoFed: "Congratulations Stanford. I am your father #starwars #yourefired"

rafaisthebest , 5/11/13 9:46 PM

Yeah RITB, dont understand all the hate for Berdy. I think he is very professional on court and after every loss, he makes proper eye contact with the winner and says Congrats. Yes hes not all warmth and friendly and keeps a distance, but then thats okay.

sanju , 5/12/13 4:53 AM

Go Stan!

scoretracker , 5/12/13 5:52 AM

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