Category Archives: Tomas Berdych

Monfils – My Knees Are Ruining My Life

The sliding, explosive gymnastic game of Gael Monfils is (as it often does) slowly destroying his body. Monfils say he’s now in doubt for the Davis Cup after struggling with swelling and pain in his knees which forced him to consider withdrawing from the Montpellier final on Sunday which he lost to Tomas Berdych.

“I was unsure Saturday evening because my knee had swollen. I waited until after warming up in the morning to decide. Read more »

Raging Rafael Nadal Finds A Way To Win

In a strange, yet high quality, match that saw Rafael Nadal robbed of vital points by poor line calls repeatedly, Rafa has battled the huge serves and powerful, flat ground strokes of Tomas Berdych to book a place in the Australian Open semi finals. It took Nadal four hours and 16 minutes but he eventually walked away with the 6-7, 7-6, 6-4, 6-3 win that finished right at midnight.

Both players had early break point opportunities but were unable to convert, Nadal fighting against the booming serve of Berdych and incredibly flat ground strokes.

The 12th game of the first set went for over 8 minutes with Berdych having triple set point. His incredible defensive skills saved the second break point as he somehow stayed alive in a point he should have lost multiple times. Despite a fourth point for Berdych, Rafa dug deep and forced a tiebreak. Read more »

Fines, Controversy, Injuries And Bubbles – Strangest Australian Open Ever

I think it’s safe to say that even though we’re only just into the first day of the second week that this has been the strangest Australian Open ever.

There have been a significant number of injuries on both the men’s and women’s side but at the time of writing there had been an incredible 8 retirements and 1 withdrawal on the men’s side alone.

Rafael Nadal injured his knee getting up from a chair but played on. Kim Clijsters re-sprained her troublesome ankle but played on. Li Na seemed to be the kiss of death for ankles knocking both Anabel Medina Garrigeus and Kim Clijsters to the ground in the early stages of their first set. Read more »

Nadal VS Berdych – Grudge Match

Rafael Nadal is one of the fairest men in tennis and he wont be impressed by Tomas Berdych’s snub of his compatriot Nicolas Almagro. It’s not the first time Rafa will have been irritated by Berdych’s behaviour so it’s going to make for an interesting quarterfinal particularly given how well Nadal plays when he’s irritated and how much the crowd now hate Berdych.

So here’s an old clip of Nadal telling Berdych that it’s not OK to silence the Spanish crowd. The clip is from Madrid 2006 and you’ll need to skip to 6.50. It seems Tomas likes to ruin perfectly good matches with bad behaviour Read more »

Awkward Post Match Interview For Berdych As Fans Boo Him

Besides ‘poor form’ and ‘poor Nico’ there really isn’t much else to say.

Nadal Too Good For Lopez

Rafael Nadal was too good for his countryman and good friend Feliciano Lopez today, handily beating him 6-4, 6-4, 6-2. Lopez was crippled by his own errors, his backhand repeatedly breaking down

Despite an exchange of breaks early in the second set Nadal steadied, reducing his unforced errors and cruised to the finish line as a frustrated Feliciano struggled to make in roads in the match. Read more »

Ivanovic, Berdych And Ferrero Donate For Thyroid Cancer (On eBay Now)

To raise money for thyroid cancer for the Mariposa Ball we have collected some tennis memorabilia and put it on eBay.

Here are some of the reasons we’re working to raise money for thyroid cancer:

  • One in seven Australian’s will be diagnosed with some form of thyroid disease.
  • In patients with thyroid cancer 20% will experience local recurrence and10% will have distant metastases at the 10 year mark
  • For those with recurrence there is currently no other treatment apart from surgery and further exposure to radioactive iodine which increases the risk of side effects like leukemia. Read more »

Australian Open Men’s Picks

This years Australian Open is a tough one to call, mostly because there are a few niggling injuries in the top 15 and quite a few who are yet to show form that warrants their high ranking.

Then there are a few variables.

Sam Querrey is returning after a lengthy and serious injury time out but according to American insiders is playing well. David Nalbandian is always dangerous and overflowing with potential but always seems to come up short or injured, much like Lleyton Hewitt. Read more »

Czech Republic Win Hopman Cup

Tournament favourites and top seeds Tomas Berdych and Petra Kvitova for the Czech Republic have won the diamond encrusted balls at the Hopman Cup in Perth defeating the French team of Marion Bartoli and Richard Gasquet 2-0.

Unbeaten world number two Petra Kvitova seemed unhindered by and back niggles she had had the previous day when she had clutched at her left lower back before losing the thoracic rotation in her shots. Petra had struggled with her serve, appearing to be dragged down by her poor posture on the right thorax for a good portion of the third set against Caroline Wozniacki. Read more »

Federer To Face Tsonga For Tour Finals Title

Roger Federer has secured a spot in his 100th career final. It’s somewhat poetic that his 100th final will be at the World Tour Finals in London to cap off a successful few weeks for the Swiss Maestro. Federer will face Jo Wilfried Tsonga in the final on Sunday.

Federer beat David Ferrer in the semifinals 7-5, 6-3 and if he can lift the trophy for a second consecutive year he will have claimed his 70th career title. Read more »