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Berdych out to shock again

Posted 08-04-2010 at 10:01 AM by Philip Oliver
This season has been something of a breakthrough for Tomas Berdych. The Czech player reached the three quarter finals in consecutive tournament earlier in the year. Berdych lost to Andy Roddick in the 2010 SAP Open, and then Ernests Gulbis beat Berdych in the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships. Czech Berdych reached the quarters again in the BNP Paris Masters only to come up against Rafael Nadal and lose.

Berdych then reached the final in the Sony Ericsson Open, beating Roger Federer, Fernando Verdasco and Robin Soderling along the way. Roddick once again proved to be too strong for Czech. The French Open proved to be where Berdych announced himself on the big stage. He reached the semi final where he lost again to Soderling. He proved his big game ability however by defeating Michael Isner and Andy Murray on his way to the semis.

Next up was Wimbledon where Berdych surprised most Tennis Betting pundits by beating Federer in the semis in an epic four set win. He then went on the beat Novak Djokovic in straight sets to reach his first Grand Slam Final. Nadal once again got in the way of victory by winning in straight sets. Berdych cemented his place in the Top Ten rankings and as a genuine Grand Slam challenger on the back of his runner up place.

His previous best in the US Open has been the fourth round, which Berdych has reached on three occasions in 2004, 2006 and 2007. After the season he has had so far, it looks as though the tennis odds will back him to improve on that record this time round.
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