ATP Madrid - Stanislas Wawrinka vs. Tomas Berdych (18:00 BST)

Stanislas Wawrinka (credit: JAVIER SORIANO/AFP/Getty Images)
Stanislas Wawrinka takes on Tomas Berdych this evening in the semi-finals of the 2013 Mutua Madrid Open (18:00 BST start).

Wawrinka is the man of the moment having won the Portugal Open last week, and now he's into his first Masters semi-final for quite some time. The Swiss has improved his game a huge amount in the past year and he's become tougher mentally. He's also clearly benefiting from the advice of new coach Magnus Norman who was one of the best clay-courters in the world at his peak.

Wawrinka did well to weather an early storm from Grigor Dimitrov in the third round to send the young Bulgarian packing in three and then made the most of his opportunity with a dramatic 6-2 6-7 6-4 win over seventh seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the quarter-finals. Played out in front of a handful of people, it was an epic encounter, with Tsonga saving three match points in the second set tiebreak before Wawrinka remained impressively firm to take control of the decider.

Berdych will present a different challenge. The Czech bludgeoned his way past Andy Murray yet again on clay in Friday's quarters, taking advantage of the Brit's overly defensive tennis. Wawrinka will have to find a way to avoid being pinned behind the baseline in the rallies by the sheer force of Berdych's flat hitting.

Wawrinka and Berdych are 5-5 on the head-to-head and they contested a very close match indoors in the Davis Cup earlier this year with Berdych edging it in four sets.

Prediction: Berdych in three.


All Tennis News

Recent Tennis Articles

  • Australian Open 2015 - Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in fitness battle

    Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is in a race to be fit for the 2015 Australian Open after he pulled out of the Hopman Cup with an arm injury....

  • Andy Murray confident of improving in 2015

    Andy Murray is confident he can improve in 2015....

  • Roger Federer eyes Grand Slam success in 2015

    Looking ahead to the 2015 tennis season, Roger Federer has said wants to become the oldest man to win a Grand Slam title in over 40 years....

  • Can Maria Sharapova take world No. 1 ranking again next year?

    Could Maria Sharapova chase down the World No. 1 spot with a strong start to 2015 in Australia? Here's our look back at her 2014 and a look ahead to the start of the new season for the World No. 2. ...

  • Australian Open 2015 - Can Serena Williams claim a sixth Melbourne title?

    After cruising to the US Open title after a frustrating year at the Slams in 2014, is the scene set for Serena Williams to take Melbourne by storm again at the start of 2015? ...

  • ATP Argentina Open 2015 - Rafael Nadal confirmed for Buenos Aires event

    Rafael Nadal has been confirmed for the ATP Argentina Open 2015....

  • Can Andy Murray win the Australian Open 2015?

    After a year trying to regain his form after back surgery, Andy Murray needs to start 2015 with a clean sheet, as he bids to stay a part of the Big Four and get back to winning Slams....

  • Can Rafael Nadal return and win the 2015 Australian Open?

    It will be a motivated but typically underplaying Rafael Nadal that takes to the courts for the 2015 season, and what better way to make another of his legendary comebacks than another tilt at the Australian Open title next month....

  • Djokovic vs. Berdych, Wozniacki vs. Hantuchova - Live Stream, Start Time and IPTL 2014 Match Preview

    Novak Djokovic takes on Tomas Berdych and Caroline Wozniacki faces Daniela Hantuchova today at the 2014 International Premier Tennis League....

More Stories

Recent Articles

  • Esteban Gutierrez joins Ferrari as test driver

    Esteban Gutierrez has signed with Ferrari to be their test and reserve driver for 2015....

  • Raheem Sterling is like Alexis Sanchez - Brendan Rodgers

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says Raheem Sterling has the ability to play as a striker more often....

  • Gael Monfils, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga pull out of Mubadala World Tennis Championship

    Gael Monfils and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga have both been forced to withdraw from the upcoming six-man Mubadala World Tennis Championships due to injury....

  • Brendan Rodgers: Liverpool FC vs. Chelsea FC will be 'fantastic'

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is relishing a "fantastic" Capital One Cup semi-final showdown against Chelsea next month....

  • Mesut Ozil closing in on Arsenal FC return

    Mesut Ozil has handed Arsenal a pre-Christmas boost by vowing to return to action ahead of schedule....

  • Man Utd midfielder Marouane Fellaini says he was easy target to blame last season

    Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini believes he was an easy target to blame for the club's struggles last season under David Moyes....

  • Liverpool FC striker Daniel Sturridge heading to Boston for treatment

    Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge is to continue his treatment on a thigh injury in Boston during the Christmas period....

  • Millwall FC vs. Bolton Wanderers - Live Stream, Team News and Championship Match Preview

    Millwall vs. Bolton takes place tonight in the Championship....

  • Jay Rodriguez out until at least February

    Southampton forward Jay Rodriguez has suffered a setback in his recovery from injury and will be sidelined until at least February....

More Stories

Latest News



Share this with your friends

To:
From:
Your comments:

ATP Madrid - Stanislas Wawrinka vs. Tomas Berdych (18:00 BST)

Stanislas Wawrinka takes on Tomas Berdych this evening in the semi-finals of the 2013 Mutua Madrid Open (18:00 BST start).

Read more »

Log In or Sign up

Facebook User?

You can use your facebook account to sign up with Live streaming sport.

Connect with facebook
Remember me.
Did you forget your password?