Cincinnati Semifinals: Rafael Nadal Vs. Tomas Berdych

Julien Finney Getty Images
Julien Finney Getty Images

Rafael Nadal defeated Roger Federer in the Western and Southern Open quarterfinals in Cincinnati to reach the semifinals. His opponent will be Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic.

Date: Saturday August 17, 2013

Time: Not before 8:30 pm CET, 7:30 pm BST, 2:30 pm local

Live Stream:  Fromsport and ATDHE

Rafa and Berdych have met a total of 17 times, with Rafa holding a solid 14-3 lead in the series. The three times that Berdych did defeat Rafa were all on hard surfaces, including Cincinnati in 2005. Rafa has defeated Berdych seven times on hard courts, including in Cincinnati as well, the most recent being in Indian Wells this year. Their last meeting, however, was in the Rome semifinals. Rafa remains undefeated by Berdych since 2006.

Rafa is 13-0 on hard courts this year and 14-1 vs. Top 10 opponents. He is playing in his 49th career ATP Masters 1000 semi-final and is looking to reach back-to-back hard court finals in consecutive weeks for the first time in his career. Rafa is 51-3 overall this season and 8-2 in finals. He is in the semi-finals for the third time (2008-09, lost to Djokovic both times). Also reached quarter-finals in 2010 (l. to Baghdatis) and 2011 (l. to Fish). Did not play last year (knee injury).

Year Tournament & City Surface Round Winner & Score
2013 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Rome
Clay S Nadal, Rafael
6-2, 6-4 Stats
2013 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Indian Wells
CA, U.S.A.
Hard S Nadal, Rafael
6-4, 7-5 Stats
2012 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Rome
Clay Q Nadal, Rafael
6-4, 7-5 Stats
2012 Australian Open
Hard Q Nadal, Rafael
6-7(5), 7-6(6), 6-4, 6-3 Stats
2011 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami
FL, U.S.A.
Hard Q Nadal, Rafael
6-2, 3-6, 6-3 Stats
2010 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals
London, England
Hard RR Nadal, Rafael
7-6(3), 6-1 Stats
2010 Wimbledon
Great Britain
Grass F Nadal, Rafael
6-3, 7-5, 6-4 Stats
2010 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Indian Wells
CA, U.S.A.
Hard Q Nadal, Rafael
6-4, 7-6(4) Stats
2009 ESP vs. CZE DC Final
Clay RR Nadal, Rafael
7-5, 6-0, 6-2
2009 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Cincinnati
OH, U.S.A.
Hard Q Nadal, Rafael
6-4, 7-5 Stats
2008 ATP Masters Series Miami
FL, U.S.A.
Hard S Nadal, Rafael
7-6(6), 6-2 Stats
2007 Wimbledon
Great Britain
Grass Q Nadal, Rafael
7-6(1), 6-4, 6-2 Stats
2007 ATP Masters Series Monte Carlo
Clay S Nadal, Rafael
6-0, 7-5 Stats
2006 ATP Masters Series Madrid
Hard Q Berdych, Tomas
6-3, 7-6(6) Stats
2006 ATP Masters Series Canada
Toronto, Canada
Hard R16 Berdych, Tomas
6-1, 3-6, 6-2 Stats
2005 ATP Masters Series Cincinnati
Ohio, USA
Hard R64 Berdych, Tomas
6-7(4), 6-2, 7-6(3) Stats
2005 Bastad
Clay F Nadal, Rafael
2-6, 6-2, 6-4 Stats

Rafa is attempting to win his ninth ATP World Tour title this year and it would mark the second time in his career he has won nine or more titles. VAMOS RAFA!


Leave a Reply