Berdych, 35, played a three-set and more than two-hour duel in the quarterfinals with Frenchman Adrian Mannarin and on Friday the situation was repeated. The best Czech tennis player gained the first set thanks to the 4: 3 4: 3 draw, but the younger Australian won the second set of 7: 5 in a shortened game and topped the decisive set.
Berdych had already lost 2 : 5, he still managed to win the match and four backsliding mecboli, Kokkinakis eventually succeeded after two hours and 18 minutes to progress to the first final of the ATP career. The talented native of Adelaide returned only in May after an eighteen-month break caused by a series of injuries and entered the tournament as 454.player rankings.
World fourteen Berdych played the fifth semifinals in the season and lost for the fourth time. In the struggle for the final this year he succeeded only in May in Lyon, where he succumbed to Jo-Wilfried Tsong.
Petra Kvitova, in her second match at the Stanford tennis tournament, did not win her own single-handed run, and defeat 2: 6, 0: 6 from home American Catherine Bellis in quarterfinals.
The two-time Wimbledon winner in the opening match at Stanford with Ukraine, Kateryna Bondarenko, did not score a single break, but on Friday’s quarterfinals she gave her a chance nine times to win her service.Eighteen-year-old Bellis took seven of them, and in 62 minutes, the second set Czechs declassified. Twenty-seven-year-old Kvitova made 26 unforced bugs including six doubles and scored a low number of 12 victories. In the first five games, the players took their turn and then they only claimed Bellis’s winning gamps.
“It’s one of my biggest career victories. I do not think Kvitova played her best tennis, but it was an unbeatable match for me, “said Bellis, 44th player of the semifinals.
Kvitova, who played Stanford for the first time, a free card, went through the fourth tournament after returning to tennis after a serious hand injury.Like the French Open grandslames, she lost the second match in Wimbledon, and at the Birmingham tournament in June, she was just the title. Next week the World Fourteen should play in Toronto.
Safranek is in the semifinals in Liberec
p> Czech tennis player Václav Šafránek just like last year will play a semifinal at the challenger in Liberec. 22-year-old Brno native, who is ranked 204th in the world, defeated Svijany Open 6: 7, 6: 1, 6: 3 Lithuanian champion Laurynas Grigelis in the quarter final of the clay tournament. About the final, Safranek will play with Brazilian Guilherme Clezar. The biggest star, Tommy Robredo, the world’s fifth-largest player, has farewell to the tournament.Thirty-five-year-old Spaniard did not finish the second round with compatriot Ricardo Ojeda, who won 4: 6, 6: 1, 6: 4. The game was interrupted on Thursday for the 2-0 draw for Robred in the third set, but on Friday it was topped by Ojeda.
Nichikori was in trouble
The second Japanese tennis player Kei Nišikori had to turn three mechbows in the Friday’s quarterfinals of the Washington tournament before he managed to beat 225th Tommy Paul’s World Ranking Player. In the hot weather, Paul had the first chance to end the 5: 3 match in the second set, but the ninth ATP ranked him he picked it up with a perfect shortcut from the baseline.In the tie-break, Paul, who eliminated the previous rounds of Lucas Pouille and Giles Muller, missed two more mecboli and lost 8:10.
Then the match was dominated by Nišikori, who had two previous Washington matches well after midnight. “He played well, he had almost won. It was a big battle, fortunately I did not miss out on important moments, “said the Japanese winner at the ATP website. In the semifinals, another 20-year-old opponent, tournament five Alexander Zverev from Germany, is waiting for him.