2006 ROGERS MASTERS

Toronto, Canada

3rd Round 

          THOMAS BERDYCH v RAFAEL NADAL

6-1, 3-6, 6-2

 

 

Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic upset defending champion Rafael Nadal of Spain in the third round of the Rogers Cup on Thursday.

Berdych frustrated the Spaniard by keeping his rallies as short as possible. It worked, and the 13th-seeded Berdych earned his second straight win over Nadal, after a win last year in Cincinnati.  Normally, when Federer and Nadal are on different sides of the draw, you can be assured of them reaching the finals, but Berdych surprised everyone with the ease in which he took out the #2 ranked player.  Berdych has had a great summer season and has moved up to a career best #14 in the world with the win.

Normally, opponents are made uncomfortable by Nadal's style of play.  His left-handed forehand shots bounce higher and can really cause problems for players with one-handed backhands.

Berdych, who is 6'5" tall,  was not bothered at all by Nadal's high bouncing forehand.  Berdych's height and two-handed backhand allowed him to power those shots right back and then wait for a forehand which he would pound for a winner.

"I was attacking every single shot," Berdych said. "I was putting a lot of pressure on him."

 

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