6th seed Tomas Berdych of Czech Republic is on the run at this year’s Madrid Open. He outclassed the Spaniard Fernando Verdasco in today’s quarterfinal, only allowing him three games on his way to a 6-1 6-2 victory.
Berdych cruised through the first set, breaking Verdasco in the 4th game and then again in the 6th just before hitting some massive serves to seal the set. The Spaniard, who beat world no.2 and 6 time French Open champion Nadal in the previous round, couldn’t find any answers to Berdych’s aggressive game and losing 20 out of the last 24 four points, the set was over in just 29 minutes.
The second set was almost a perfect copy of the first one, the Czech breaking his opponent twice again and not allowing Verdasco much on his own serves. If anyone thought that the Spaniard could repeat his spectacular comeback from yesterday’s encounter against Nadal (when 2-5 down in the third set), they were mistaken and Berdych wrapped up the match in 1 hour and 6 minutes.
Berdych’s opponent in Saturday’s semifinal will be the Argentine Del Potro, who overcame Alexandr Dolgopolov in straight sets 6-3 6-4.