Thursday, 25 January 2018

Berdych bows to the great one

Roger Federer (2) and Tomas Berdych (19) played the last quarter final of both men’s and women’s singles at the 2018 Aus Open, and it was on Night Ten on RLA as Roger had decreed in his various contracts with the ITF, ATP, Tennis Australia, Seven Network and the United Nations.

Tomas Berdych has beaten the Swiss emperor, king or lord, depending on which Seven commentator is bowing down to him at the time, in Grand Slam tournaments previously - 2010 Wimbledon and 2012 US Open quarter finals.

Mind you, Federer has done the Czech battler over in the round of sixteen at Wimbledon 2006, Aus Open 2008 and 2009. And more recently at the Aus Open in the quarter final 2016 and third round 2017.

The toss was won by who knows but Roger determined how the coin spun once it was airborne.

Tomas won the first service game, a forehand winner and ace the sealers, not impressing the defending champion, intent on crushing from the outset.

The crush was on the other foot with Tomas achieving a break of serve, not built into the bilateral contract with Roger the Repeater, the first break point coming from a double fault, but saved, the second not saved, with two errors scattered around the messy arena. 2-0 and Czech.

Berdych hit a loose forehand, the only blemish in a consolidating game to have the almighty three games to none down.

Three winners and an ace signalled a return from apathy, and Federer trailed 1-3.

Berdych continued to hold serve well, an ace punctuating the fifth game for 4-1.  

At 5-2 the gods, with the exception of Roger, appeared to be smiling on Tomas, but he was about to feel the wrath of Basel.

Federer won three successive games, Berdych saving three break points before losing the ninth game, and the supreme being levelling at 5-5 with a love game.

At 6-6 the Swiss sorcerer decreed a tie breaker should commence, and so it did proceed.

Two forehand winners off the blazing Swiss racquet helped Roger to 3-0, and on the way to 5-1, he donated the single point as a gesture of goodwill.

The magical sword sent the orbs flying for victory twice to win the set for Roger the Racqueteer. 7-6(1).

Both combatants saved break points to reach 2-2 without a break of serve.

His majesty hit three aces to lead 4-3.

Three more and he broke the Berdych serve. Once more Czech.

Serving for the set, two set points were created from the magic pot - one was released but the other used to win and progress the holy one further 7-6(1) 6-3.

Set three a break apiece and 2-2.

Federer broke again and consolidated, featuring an ace and two forehand winners.

A love game awarded to Tomas for services rendered to Sir Roger presented a score line of 4-3 to the crown.

God laid a hand on his favourite son and four winning ground strokes were unleashed to the land.

The earth sounded its voice of unity and bowed as one, as the master was close to immortality.

Berdych was allowed one more piece of history, winning his serve to give the opportunity for President Federer to stamp home a victory.

Two winners in a love game and it was universally loved that the man had made the semi finals of the Aus Open 7-6(1) 6-3 6-4.

 Czech Mate.

Regal Roger will bestow the privilege to Hyeon Chung of playing the master in the semi final.

The contracts with the ITF, ATP, Tennis Australia, Seven Network, and the United Nations, will be renegotiated with Lord Federer, stipulating which things Mr Chung must do and not do in the presence of royalty across the net when the contest arises.

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