Tomas Berdych may be flying under the radar as we head to the U.S. Open. On Friday night in the 2nd semifinal in Winston-Salem, the 7th ranked player in the World dissected the court with a surgeon's skill. He defeated American Sam Querrey, 6-4, 6-3.
There was a trend early in the match that was not optimistic for Querrey. He struggled to hold serve seemingly every service game. But it was Querrey breaking Berdych early in the first set to go up 1-0. But the veteran from the Czech Republic found his rhythm, painting the lines with his ground strokes for winners and moving Querrey around the court. Berdych broke back at 4-4 and broke the American again to take the first set 6-4.
It was much the same story in the second set as Berdych broke Querrey to go up 2-0 but Querrey appeared to dig in and immediately broke back at 2-1. Midway through the set Berdych found himself struggling with his serve. An opportunity opened for Querrey who broke to go up 3-2 and seemed to have the momentum.
That momentum quickly disappeared as once again Querrey could not hold serve and was broken twice in a row as Berdych won the set 6-3, doing so with precision ground strokes in one of his best matches of late.
' I was playing better on the tough points and that was the decider today.” Berdych said after the match.
The Final will pit Greensboro native John Isner who is ranked 10th in the World against Berdych. There is a 12:30pm start with coverage live on national television.