In Sports News this Monday: Jorge Lorenzo wins the Czech Grand Prix, but only teenager Jakub Kornfeil gives local fans something to cheer about in Brno with a sensational finish in the 125cc race; Viktoria Plzeň remain in front in the Czech football league, while title-holders Sparta prepare to face Žilina for a place in the Champions League; and close but no third 2010 victory over Federer for Tomáš Berdych.
Roger Federer ended a run of recent losses to Czech seventh seed Tomáš Berdych on Friday winning an inspiring 6-3, 5-7, 7-6 (7-5) victory and a place in the semi-finals of the Toronto Masters. Berdych initially looked poised to continue his winning sequence over Federer when he stormed to a 5-2 lead in the third but a relentless Federer refused to fold, finally getting the break he needed with Berdych serving for the match at 5-3. A tiebreak saw Federer jump ahead 4-0 then grimly clinch the victory 7-5 when Berdych sent a return into the net. The third-seeded Swiss had lost twice this season to Czech seventh seed Berdych, in Miami and in a Wimbledon quarter-final barely six weeks ago.
Czech tennis player Tomáš Berdych has reached the last eight of the Toronto ATP Masters tournament and will now face former world number one Roger Federer. Berdych, seeded seventh, beat 21-year-old Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov 6:3, 6:7, 6:4 to get to the quarterfinals. Friday’s encounter with Federer, seeded third, gives Berdych a chance to build on his two victories over the Swiss player already this year. The last was on the Czech’s route to this year’s Wimbledon men’s singles final.
In Sports News this Monday: supporters continue to boycott the home games of Bohemians 1905 due to a new ground-share deal – player Lukáš Hartig says he hopes they come around; Milan Baroš signs a lucrative new deal with Galatasaray; Tomáš Berdych is now seventh in the world, his highest ranking to date; and ice hockey goalie Milan Hnilička retires at 37.
Twenty-eight-year-old tennis player Klára Zakopalová has lost in the final of the Danish Open in Copenhagen. The player faced home favourite Caroline Wozniacki but was defeated straight sets: 2:6, 6:7. Despite the loss, the Czech player moved from the 51st to 30th in the world ranking on the women’s circuit. That puts her within reach of her best previous placement, 27th, which she held in March 2006. Although she didn’t win in Copenhagen, Zakopalová described the tournament as a great week and said she looked forward to returning next year.
Tennis player Tomáš Berdych has been defeated in the quarterfinal of the Legg Mason Tennis Classic in Washington. Berdych, a finalist at Wimbledon this year, lost in three sets to Belgium’s Xavier Malisse. The score was 4:6, 6:3, 2:6. Despite the defeat, the Czech player will move up to 7th place in the ATP rankings, the best standing in his career to date.
Tennis player Klára Zakopalová, 51st in the world on the women’s circuit, has made it to the final of the Danish Open in Copenhagen. The player defeated China’s Li Na by a score of 6-3, 1-6, 6-4; Li fought back in the 3rd set to 4:4 but the Czech was able to take the final two games. A win in the Copenhagen final would represent Zakopalová’s third career title. Previously she won on the women’s tour in Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands, and Portoroz in Slovenia. Over the course of her career she has appeared in 10 finals overall.
Top seed Tomáš Berdych has reached the quarter finals at the Washington Classic. The Czech men’s number one beat Andrey Golubev of Kazakhstan 6-3 5-7 7-5 to set up a clash with Belgium’s Xavier Malisse for a place in the last four. Klára Zakopalová, meanwhile, has reached her first WTA semi-final of the season at the Danish Open in Copenhagen, after overcoming the German player Angelique Kerber 6-1 7-5.
Top seed Tomáš Berdych won his first match since losing the Wimbledon final to Rafael Nadal at the Legg Mason Tennis Classic in Washington. The Czech player earned a 7-6 (7-2), 4-6, 6-1 win over Dmitry Tursunov in two hours and 17 minutes, back in action since reaching his first grand slam final last month. Berdych will next face Andrey Golubev, the 16th seed. By contrast, Czech player Radek Štepánek, returning to the ATP Tour after a five-month lay-off due to health reasons, lost in two sets to Swiss player Mark Chiudinelli winning only win only four games in the second round match. The score was 1:6, 3:6.
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