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Tomas Berdych def James Blake 6-1 2-6 7-5 7-5 to level tie at 1-1

Action Jackson
02-09-2007, 06:23 PM
This started out well for Berdych, then he had a lapse and Blake took his 2 break point chances and won the second.

Match was a bit closer in the last 2 sets and Blake didn't have any break point chances and Berdych had a shocking ratio and Blake double faulted set point down and the Berdman took the 3rd.

Blake saved 2 mps, but only delayed the inevitable.

ufokart
02-09-2007, 06:25 PM
Well done Berdych :yeah:

RickDaStick
02-09-2007, 06:25 PM
Big Stage Blake shit his pants when it mattered the most. Expected.

Loremaster
02-09-2007, 06:27 PM
USA must find second player , Blake is not reliable

henree
02-09-2007, 06:27 PM
As soon as Blake was 2 sets down. I knew he would lose. Blake seems unwilling to even make it to the 5th set these days. I guess he doesn't wanna lose another 5th setter. Congrats to Berdych on a great win.

RickDaStick
02-09-2007, 06:28 PM
USA must find second player , Blake is not reliable


about time you realized that

Action Jackson
02-09-2007, 06:29 PM
Never in doubt.

Snowwy
02-09-2007, 06:29 PM
I think Blake would be a reliable 2nd player on a surface other than clay. On clay, too much has to go right for him and Roddick to really do damage.

GlennMirnyi
02-09-2007, 06:30 PM
USA must find second player , Blake is not reliable

Tursunov on clay defeats Roddick.

USA must find a first player too outside the US.

ufokart
02-09-2007, 06:30 PM
Never in doubt.

I agree :haha:

Loremaster
02-09-2007, 06:31 PM
about time you realized that

but really you can't count on Blake never I would understand if he lost but not in such style - DF on set ball , then blowing 9 Bps chances in fourth set , he played ok , over 70 winners to near 30UE +10 Aces but he just choked when Tomas needed it

But still Tomas also played great match :worship:

dorkino
02-09-2007, 06:31 PM
That was a surprise for me. Predicted a close match but with the opposite opponent winning. Well done berdych for keeping his nerves , Blake doesn't seem so confident lately.

Still ,it's a tough tie for the Czech.

Action Jackson
02-09-2007, 06:33 PM
For those who thought Blake was a realistic chance of winning this match.

http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g239/GeorgeWH/8476_view.jpg

Donny
02-09-2007, 06:33 PM
Eh, no biggie, it's virtually 2-1 US ... Czechs more likley to lose both singles on Sunday than to get their needed sweep.

Loremaster
02-09-2007, 06:35 PM
Tursunov on clay defeats Roddick.

USA must find a first player too outside the US.

Andy is reliable he is 21-9 in Davis Cup right now and he at least isn't giving away matches in stupid style.

I know that Mirnyi is not reliable being schooled by T. Johansson

R.Federer
02-09-2007, 06:35 PM
Wow, excellent, although I would have liked to see Blake get a win here.

Berdych is going to roll roddick now, isnt he? The 5th match is going to be a live rubber, I can sense it.

DrJules
02-09-2007, 06:36 PM
Berdych had more break points and converted more chances.

According to Davis Cup web site:
Berdych 5 out of 16 chances (31%)
Blake 2 out of 9 chances (22%)

GlennMirnyi
02-09-2007, 06:36 PM
For those who thought Blake was a realistic chance of winning this match.

http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g239/GeorgeWH/8476_view.jpg

:haha:

ljubicic_
02-09-2007, 06:40 PM
For those who thought Blake was a realistic chance of winning this match.

http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g239/GeorgeWH/8476_view.jpg

:lol:

guga2120
02-09-2007, 06:40 PM
For those who thought Blake was a realistic chance of winning this match.

http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g239/GeorgeWH/8476_view.jpg


after the match they played at the US Open, which seemed like a practice session for Blake,i was a bit suprised, but you never know what you will get with Berdych.

Bilbo
02-09-2007, 06:43 PM
expected win by berdych

dorkino
02-09-2007, 06:44 PM
Originally posted by Guga 2120
after the match they played at the US Open, which seemed like a practice session for Blake,i was a bit suprised, but you never know what you will get with Berdych.

True, but afterall it's clay. For a moment i forgot that :)

Action Jackson
02-09-2007, 06:45 PM
Wow, excellent, although I would have liked to see Blake get a win here.

Berdych is going to roll roddick now, isnt he? The 5th match is going to be a live rubber, I can sense it.

This match was very difficult for Berdych, cause Blake's game does trouble him a lot. He'll be more comfortable against the Duck.

If it goes to a 5th match, then Minar won't play.

henree
02-09-2007, 06:46 PM
Wow, excellent, although I would have liked to see Blake get a win here.

Berdych is going to roll roddick now, isnt he? The 5th match is going to be a live rubber, I can sense it.

Roddick is going to eat Berdych alive. I like Berdych when he keeps the ball in court. But he isn't a good returner. Roddick will have an easy 3 setter on Sunday. Usa wins 3-1

Pfloyd
02-09-2007, 06:46 PM
Big Stage Blake shit his pants when it mattered the most. Expected.

Berdych is also accused of being a big-stage choker, so in this sense this was a equal match for both of them...

Apemant
02-09-2007, 06:47 PM
If it goes to a 5th match, then Minar won't play.

Why did Minar play anyway, and not Radek?

Loremaster
02-09-2007, 06:47 PM
If it comes to 5th "real" rubber Blake may choked it out I am afriad it could happen , but I hope it won't

Action Jackson
02-09-2007, 06:48 PM
Berdych is also accused of being a big-stage choker, so in this sense this was a equal match for both of them...

Is he? Berdych did win his only TMS final and 9-0 in 5 set matches, he must have something going for him.

Those 2 things are something Blake hasn't done.

ChinoRios4Ever
02-09-2007, 06:48 PM
expected win by berdych

Action Jackson
02-09-2007, 06:48 PM
Why did Minar play anyway, and not Radek?

Politics as Stepanek didn't want to play DC anymore.

oscar_2424
02-09-2007, 06:49 PM
Way to go Thomas.

guga2120
02-09-2007, 06:49 PM
Is he? Berdych did win his only TMS final and 9-0 in 5 set matches, he must have something going for him.

Those 2 things are something Blake hasn't done.

yeah but he has never done anything in the slams, and that TMS, Federer was not playing.

RickDaStick
02-09-2007, 06:50 PM
Everything going as planned for the Czechs. They will be down 2-1 going into sunday then Berdych beats roddick and dlouhy takes out big stage blake.

Action Jackson
02-09-2007, 06:50 PM
Roddick is going to eat Berdych alive. I like Berdych when he keeps the ball in court. But he isn't a good returner. Roddick will have an easy 3 setter on Sunday. Usa wins 3-1

You are a funny guy. Roddick couldn't beat Tursunov on a claycourt, he isn't going to find it easier against Berdych.

GlennMirnyi
02-09-2007, 06:51 PM
You are a funny guy. Roddick couldn't beat Tursunov on a claycourt, he isn't going to find it easier against Berdych.

Roddick is the next RG winner, get a clue. :rolleyes: :lol:

Action Jackson
02-09-2007, 06:51 PM
yeah but he has never done anything in the slams, and that TMS, Federer was not playing.

Did he win the TMS or not when he was ranked 52nd in the world? Only guy to have beaten the current number 1 and 2 in the world within a 12 month period.

Pfloyd
02-09-2007, 06:52 PM
Is he? Berdych did win his only TMS final and 9-0 in 5 set matches, he must have something going for him.

Those 2 things are something Blake hasn't done.

Agreed.

But that Paris master Berdych won had many top players missing in action, and you can't help but think that helped Berdych a bit.

Can't argue with the 5 set match argument.

All I'm saying is that Berdych has been accused of choking in the past.

Of course, I cannot deny that James is a very big choker, more than Berdych.

dorkino
02-09-2007, 06:52 PM
Originally Posted by GeorgeWHitler
For those who thought Blake was a realistic chance of winning this match.

http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g239/GeorgeWH/8476_view.jpg

:lol: Calm down , it wasn't the same easiness after all. :nerner:

Action Jackson
02-09-2007, 06:55 PM
Agreed.

But that Paris master Berdych won had many top players missing in action, and you can't help but think that helped Berdych a bit.

Can't argue with the 5 set match argument.

All I'm saying is that Berdych has been accused of choking in the past.

Of course, I cannot deny that James is a very big choker, more than Berdych.

He hasn't really choked, well against Davydenko it was more bad shot selection at the AO. If anything, he has been beaten too easily in some of his matches.

Pfloyd
02-09-2007, 06:57 PM
He hasn't really choked, well against Davydenko it was more bad shot selection at the AO. If anything, he has been beaten too easily in some of his matches.

True, but some people (not me necesarily) can call that choking.

If Berdych plays his top game, he should be able to beat Davydenko.

Action Jackson
02-09-2007, 07:00 PM
True, but some people (not me necesarily) can call that choking.

If Berdych plays his top game, he should be able to beat Davydenko.

Some people don't have a clue.

Go dig up the Berdych/Davydenko thread from the AO and everything is clearly explained there.

In short it goes like this. It's a match up issue and the PMK is a bad one for Berdych cause the things that trouble Davydenko are shots that Berdych doesn't possess or hit very well. There is a reason the H2H is 5-0.

guga2120
02-09-2007, 07:03 PM
Agreed.

But that Paris master Berdych won had many top players missing in action, and you can't help but think that helped Berdych a bit.



Of course, I cannot deny that James is a very big choker, more than Berdych.

Helped him a bit?, he beat Federer once and that was in 2004.

Pfloyd
02-09-2007, 07:05 PM
Consistency can explain, in part, the H2h.

Of course Davydenko is also a darn good player.

Pfloyd
02-09-2007, 07:06 PM
Helped him a bit?, he beat Federer once and that was in 2004.

So did Murray....

nobama
02-09-2007, 07:08 PM
USA will still win. Bryans are a lock and even if Berdych beats Roddick, Blake will beat the second string. If he doesn't then all I have to say is :o

guga2120
02-09-2007, 07:10 PM
Berdych vs Roddick is hard to call, i would think Berdych will beat him on clay, but you never know with him.

The Bryans will win.

mangoes
02-09-2007, 07:12 PM
:shrug: Expected Result.......:rolleyes:

mangoes
02-09-2007, 07:13 PM
Berdych vs Roddick is hard to call, i would think Berdych will beat him on clay, but you never know with him.

The Bryans will win.

I don't like that it always comes down to Andy on the Sunday.

Action Jackson
02-09-2007, 07:14 PM
Berdych vs Roddick is hard to call, i would think Berdych will beat him on clay, but you never know with him.

The Bryans will win.

Berdych will find it easier against Roddick, than he did with Blake.

TheBoiledEgg
02-09-2007, 07:25 PM
Berdy !!!!!!!!
Now for some duck soup on Sunday

TNX1.0E6TOPCA
02-09-2007, 07:26 PM
Yesterday during the draw ceremony James Blake was a lil bit arrogant, a lil bit too sure of his success... and Berdych he didn't really appreciated his attitude. Well done baby! that boosted him to victory!.. and me I broke a drawer/schublade of my desk for joy :p

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v694/mypixforum/blakedraw.jpg

TNX1.0E6TOPCA
02-09-2007, 07:44 PM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v694/mypixforum/drawtb-2.jpg

cobalt60
02-09-2007, 07:47 PM
expected win by berdych

may I quote you?;)

Johnny Groove
02-09-2007, 08:03 PM
USA must find second player , Blake is not reliable

yes, lets ditch a top 10 player and replace him with Ginepri or Vinnay Ice. They are much more reliable :rolleyes:

Denise
02-09-2007, 09:06 PM
Blake :o:retard:

DrJules
02-09-2007, 09:21 PM
Blake :o:retard:

Blake had a much more difficult task than Roddick. Berdych is a much better player than Minar.

Scotso
02-09-2007, 11:55 PM
Tomas :banana:

TMJordan
02-09-2007, 11:57 PM
Sexellent

Jaffas85
02-10-2007, 12:24 AM
What surface was this Berdych - Blake match played on?

Snowwy
02-10-2007, 12:27 AM
Clay

yomeK
02-10-2007, 03:59 AM
For those who thought Blake was a realistic chance of winning this match.

http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g239/GeorgeWH/8476_view.jpg

What's his H2H with Blake? I'm pretty sure Blake has beaten him convingly a few times, hence the thought that Blake had a legitimate shot despite the surface being clay. :confused:

Action Jackson
02-10-2007, 04:05 AM
What's his H2H with Blake? I'm pretty sure Blake has beaten him convingly a few times, hence the thought that Blake had a legitimate shot despite the surface being clay. :confused:

It's not the point as I said to Jez. If Blake beats Berdych on his worst surface then he really has him by the balls. Facts are that this is the 1st match where the conditions were favourable to Berdych whereas before it was neutral or to Blake and look at the result.

Langers
02-10-2007, 05:51 AM
Great performance Tomas! :worship:

Next up Roddick! ;)

scoobs
02-10-2007, 05:55 AM
Damn I was hoping Blake could have stretched it to 5.

The guy who's never lost a 5 set match vs the guy who's never won one.

Action Jackson
02-10-2007, 05:57 AM
Damn I was hoping Blake could have stretched it to 5.

The guy who's never lost a 5 set match vs the guy who's never won one.

Problem is that Blake would have probably won it in 5 cause of those 2 factors.

Il Primo Uomo
02-10-2007, 09:54 AM
Bravo Tomas! First time he defeats James

nicole_s
02-10-2007, 09:59 AM
good job,tomas!:worship:

oz_boz
02-10-2007, 10:22 AM
Berdman :clap2: Did what he should. Even if he takes down Roddick it won't be enough though.

Loremaster
02-10-2007, 10:23 AM
Berdych will find it easier against Roddick, than he did with Blake.

It all depends on Andy if he brings such service form as in match with Minar he can trouble Berdych a lot 2 direct points from service in every game that's huge. + Roddick has ideal record in such Ties he is 7-0 in such situations

Action Jackson
02-10-2007, 12:06 PM
It all depends on Andy if he brings such service form as in match with Minar he can trouble Berdych a lot 2 direct points from service in every game that's huge. + Roddick has ideal record in such Ties he is 7-0 in such situations

It won't happen, Berdych isn't losing to Roddick.

shotgun
02-10-2007, 12:20 PM
Good to see Hajek is there with the team.

http://www.daviscup.com/shared/medialibrary/image/gallery/DC_7211_gallery.JPG

Action Jackson
02-10-2007, 12:23 PM
Too bad Hajek got ill, cause he'd be in that team for sure.

shotgun
02-10-2007, 12:26 PM
Too bad Hajek got ill, cause he'd be in that team for sure.

Well he's more dangerous than Minar for sure.

Action Jackson
02-10-2007, 12:38 PM
Well he's more dangerous than Minar for sure.

Minar is like the after thought and the build up of Co2 at the end of a beer keg.

shotgun
02-10-2007, 01:22 PM
Minar is like the after thought and the build up of Co2 at the end of a beer keg.

:lol:

Horatio Caine
02-10-2007, 01:35 PM
It went roughly as I expected...James had the game to trouble Berdych, and he did. Can't be too disappointed with the scoreline

frenchie
02-10-2007, 01:39 PM
The Berdych/Safarova couple is on fire this year!!

gogogirl
02-10-2007, 02:24 PM
All,

Good on Berdy. He played very well and concentrated. I always like it when a player finally nets a win over any given opponent. James had his chances - but Berdy wanted it more and deserved his win. Over all - they both played some amazing tennis.

I never could get how some expect players to win all the time and when they lose - then they are this - aren't that - shouldn't be in the top ten and etc. Why can't we just appreciate what it it? It's a sport/league made up of players that can't and won't win them all because that is the reason for the sport. One or two may dominate for a time - but someone has got to lose. The tour is soooooooo deep now and only getting deeper. Even a qualifier w/game can cause an upset if said one plays the better match.

I still think USA can pull it out - but if not - it won't be the end of the world. It's just a game. And it was great to see the action on yesterday. I wish they'd show the Russia/Chile matchup.