Tomáš Berdych has been beaten by Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals of tennis’s Shanghai Masters. The Czech men’s number one lost 3–6 4–6 to the Serb, who has defeated Berdych in 10 of their 11 meetings to date. However, reaching the semi-finals in Shanghai for the first time could help the Czech – who is ranked seventh in the world – earn a berth at the year-ending ATP World Tour Finals in London.
Czech tennis player Tomáš Berdych beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France 6:3, 7:6 in the quarterfinal of the Shanghai Masters tournament on Friday and reached the event’s semifinals. The fourth-seeded Czech had a great serve in the match and only made few errors to wrap the game in one hour and 34 minutes. Another Czech player, Radek Štepánek, was knocked out of the tournament when he lost to third seed Andy Murray of the UK 4:6, 6:2, 6:3.
Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal, who is recovering from a lingering knee injury, has not ruled out a comeback before the end of the year – either in the ATP World Tour Finals or the final of the Davis Cup to be played against the Czech team in Prague. The Davis Cup final is to take place on November 16-18. Nadal said it would be tough but that a comeback before the end of the year was “not impossible”.
The finals of the Davis Cup between the Czech Republic and Spain will be played in Prague’s O2 Arena on November 16 – 18. The organizers have reached a deal with arena management who agreed to hold a dance party, originally planned for November 17, on another date. The O2 Arena will also host the finals of women’s Fed Cup in which the Czech Republic will face Serbia on November 3 and 4.
In Sports News this Monday: Slavia beat out-of-form Sparta in the 287th Prague derby; ex-Czech defender Martin Jiránek scores one of Europe’s goals of the season so far, in the Russian league; Jaromír Jágr leads Kladno to their fifth Extraliga win in a row - and draws the crowds; and Tomáš Berdych advances to the second round in Tokyo.
In Sports News this Monday: Czechs beat Argentina to reach Davis Cup finals; in football, Plzeň controversially beats Sparta Prague in Gambrinus Liga; Czech hockey fans look forward to NHL stars coming home to play during lockout; and in athletics, Olympic javelin champion Barbora Špotáková returns to her roots and stets her new personal best in heptathlon.
Lucie Hradecká will play in the final of the WTA Bell Challenge Tournament in Quebec City against Belgium’s Kirsten Flipkens, after beating France’s Kristina Mladenovic on Saturday evening. And the Czech team is one victory away from entering the Davis cup finals, after the Czech men’s duo Tomáš Berdych and Radek Štěpánek beat the Argentinean Carlos Berlocq and Eduardo Schwank on Saturday in Buenos Aires. Carlos Berlocq will replace his teammate Juan Martin del Potro, who pulled out due to injury, in the reverse singles on Sunday. Tomáš Berdych is expected to have an easy win against the less experienced Berlocq, which will secure a place for the Czechs team in the Davis Cup finals in November.
Czech tennis player Lucie Hradecká has won the quarter final against the American Lauren Davis at the WTA Bell Challenge Tournament in Quebec City. Hradecká will face France’s Kristina Mladenovic in the women’s singles semi-final on Saturday evening. The 27 year-old received the silver medal in this summer Olympics women’s doubles with her partner Andrea Hlaváčková, and got to the final of the US Open in the beginning of September.
Members of the Czech tennis team began their Davis Cup semi-final against Argentina on Friday, with Radek Štepánek facing Juan Martin del Potro in Buenos Aries. The players have faced each other on four previous occasions with the Czech winning three times. But Štepánek on Friday in the first rubber fell to his opponent by a score of 4:6, 4:6,2:6. Earlier this week it was unclear whether Del Potro, who is battling a wrist injury, would be ready to play.
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