Tomas Berdych is through to his second consecutive ATP World Tour Finals after sealing his place amongst the world’s top eight last week in Paris.
The Czech world number seven started the year off well making the quarter finals or better of his first five matches. He reached the semis of his first tournament of the year in Chennai falling to Stanislas Wawrinka and then fell in straight sets in the quarters of the Australian Open to eventual champion Novak Djokovic.
He then made the quarters in Rotterdam, before defaulting to Jo-Wilfred Tsonga, and then losing to Marin Cilic in the Marseille quarters. He lost to Novak Djokovic in the semis in Dubai retiring down in the third set.
Wawrinka gained his second victory over the Czech number one in the fourth round in Indian Wells before taking a set off Rafael Nadal before going down to the then number one in Miami.
After a solid opening start to the season Berdych continued his form into the European clay court season but unlike earlier in the season the world number seven was losing to much lower ranked opponents.
First at Monte Carlo where he was defeated by Ivan Ljubicic in the third round in Monte Carlo. He then followed that loss with defeat against world number 36 Thomasz Bellucci in the quarters of Madrid. The big Czech also fell at the quarter finals in Rome, losing in three sets to Richard Gasquet.
Berdych made his third semi final of the season in Nice, losing in straight sets to Nicolas Alamgro before disaster struck at the French Open. Coming into the tournament ranked an equal career high number six Berdych fell in the opening round to Frenchman Stephane Robert. The world number 140 winning the match in the fifth set 9-7.
Berdych responded with another semi final appearance, this time on grass in Halle, this time losing to world number 71 Philipp Petzschner. The defending Wimbledon finalist couldn’t repeat his career best effort in 2011 falling to fellow tour finalist Mardy Fish in the fourth round.
For the fifth time this year Berdych again lost in the semi final this time in Bastad to Robin Soderling before being defeated by Janko Tipsarevic in the quarters of the Canada Masters in Montreal.
Berdych defeated Roger Federer in the Cincinnati quarters before retiring hurt to Djokovic in the semis. He also had to retire at the US Open to Tipsarevic in the third round.
The Czech number one bounced back in a big way to end a 29 month tournament drought in Beijing. After defeating Tsonga in the semis, the firstwin in seven semi finals this season, he defeated Cilic in the final.
Following his success in Beijing the Czech struggled, losing early in Shanghai and Basel before cementing his place in the field for London making another semi final. He defeated Tipsarevic, the only man who could prevent him from qualifying in the third round, before ending Andy Murray’s 17 match winning streak, before falling to Roger Federer is the semis.
Placed in Group A in London he faces world number one Novak Djokovic first up. The Serb leads their head to head 7-1 with Berdych’s only victory coming at last year’s Wimbledon. The pair have met five times since then including in the finals last year.
Also in Group A is Andy Murray and David Ferrer. Berdych leads the Brit 3-1, including last week in Paris and has not been beaten by the world number two since 2005. Ferrer leads Berdych 5-2 in career meetings and has won their last four meetings but the pair have only meet once since 2007.