US OPEN 2014
Berdych Sweeps Past Thiem For US Open QF Berth
New York, U.S.A.
by ATP Staff|
The sixth-seeded Berdych saved all seven break points he faced during the 98-minute encounter, and struck 10 aces against his Austrian opponent. Meanwhile, He was aided by 35 unforced errors committed by his opponent ranked No. 45 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, playing in his first US Open and contesting his first year of Grand Slam tournaments.
"I still remember it from my time when I was young and coming up and playing those fourth-round matches," recalled Berdych. "It took me quite a while before I broke and beat the seeded guy and made my first quarter-final. [Thiem] needs to wait also a bit and earn some more experience. Really he's a very talented kid playing really well. He definitely has the power and the shots to be good."
Berdych will attempt to reach the semi-finals for a second time (2012) when he faces Croatian Marin Cilic in the next round. The seventh-ranked Berdych leads 5-3 in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series, but fell to Cilic in their third-round Wimbledon clash this year.
"Marin played a really good match today. He improved a lot this year, and he's playing well," said Berdych. "I'm hitting the ball nice and clean. That's what I need. That's what's good for my game. I saved a bit of energy today, which is good, compared to him. Let's go for another one."
The Czech, who owns a 28-11 record in Flushing Meadows, is competing in his 45th consecutive Grand Slam (since 2003 US Open). Only Federer (60), Lopez (51), Ferrer (48) and Verdasco (46) have longer streaks among active players.
Thiem, the youngest player in the Top 50 of the Emirates ATP Rankings, celebrates his 21st birthday tomorrow (3 September). He has compiled a 20-18 record that includes a runner-up finish in Kitzbuehel (l. to Goffin). He has made the second highest jump in rankings since the end of the 2013 season (to 25 August): 76 positions from No. 121 to No. 45.
"There is not much to say," said the top Austrian about his loss, through Facebook. "The result says everything. [Berdych] was simply the much better player, gave me no chance. I wanted to put him under pressure, but he put me under pressure instead. He played extremely strong. And I wasn't good enough to keep pace.
"Berdych showed me the difference between a top 50 and a top ten player. Service, return, ground strokes, footwork, speed, consistency. I have to improve all that if I want to come where he has been for many years now."
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