July 30, 2015

Berdych downs Almagro and will Face Federer in Quarterfinals


FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY – Czech Tomas Berdych marched into his first US Open quarterfinal defeating Spaniard Nicolas Almagro in straight sets – 7-6, 6-4, 6-1 in two hours.

“It was really close, especially in the first set,” Berdych said of the two hour match. “It was a fight for every point. It was a tough match.”

This is his 10th US Open. He joins elite company – he along with Ivan Lendl and Petr Korda are the only Czech men in the Open Era to have reached the quarterfinals in all four majors.

“I’m very happy that I can compete in all Grand Slams at least in quarter-finals. It helps my confidence,” said Berdych.

Almagro and Berdych had a disagreement at the most recent Australian Open. The Czech accused the Spaniard of hitting a ball at his face when he was at net, the ball hit his arm..

Berdych refused to shake Almagro’s hand after the match. Berdych dismissed the incident saying this week calling it “nothing at all.” Both men did shake hands at the net.

Berdych will face off against Roger Federer for a spot in the semifinals. The Czech is 3-3 against the Swiss in there last six matches against each other

“Our last actually six matches we played it’s 3-all, so it’s quite nice statistics,” said Berdych. “But, you know, this is another one. We didn’t play in a couple of months.

“In that time, I mean, he played some incredible tennis again. You know, he won another Grand Slam, become No. 1 again.”

Berdych said, “I’m there, so I will try to do my best.”