FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY â€“ Czech Tomas Berdych marched into his first US Open quarterfinal defeating Spaniard Nicolas Almagro in straight sets â€“ 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 Almagroâ€™s hand after the match. Berdych dismissed the incident saying this week calling it “nothing at all.â€ 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
â€œOur last actually six matches we played itâ€™s 3-all, so itâ€™s quite nice statistics,â€ said Berdych. â€œBut, you know, this is another one. We didnâ€™t play in a couple of months.
â€œIn that time, I mean, he played some incredible tennis again. You know, he won another Grand Slam, become No. 1 again.â€
Berdych said, â€œIâ€™m there, so I will try to do my best.â€