ATP World Tour Finals: Berdych v Tsonga as it happened

World number six Tomas Berdych beats France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-5 3-6 6-1 in the ATP World Tour Finals.

8 November 2012 Last updated at 12:47 GMT

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  1. 2225: 

    It's time for us to wrap up this evening's live text commentary. Thanks, as ever, for joining us. There'll be more tennis on Thursday when the boys in Group B - Roger Federer, David Ferrer, Juan Martin del Potro and Janko Tipsarevic - take to the court. Federer and Ferrer will battle it out in the afternoon (around 13:45 GMT) while Del Potro and Tipsarevic have the responsibility of entertaining us in the evening session. Until Thursday...

  2. 2214: 

    Berdych's victory means world number one Djokovic has not progressed to the semi-finals yet, but if Djokovic beats Berdych on Friday he will earn a spot in the last four. If the Czech defeats Djokovic on Friday, however, then calculators might become a handy tool in two days' time. Basically, victories for Djokovic and Murray will ensure the Brit progresses. Any other results on Friday and, well... I'll get back to you, it's a bit beyond me at the moment to be honest.

    Miles Maclagan, BBC Sport analyst

    "Berdych is looking focused. He got a lot of free points on his serve but I was impressed with the way he served and moved. Novak Djokovic has a little test ahead of him. Djokovic is the favourite, he is number one in the world and has just beaten Andy Murray, but it will be a match definitely worth coming out to watch."


    Tomas Berdych after his win over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga: "It was important to win and now I'm looking forward to the next match. I tried to just focus on myself and remind myuself I had won the recent matches between us and it worjked today. I was a bit surprused with the score in the final set but not how hard I had to work for it. I played well and finished it well."

    Berdych 7-5 3-6 6-1 Tsonga

    The impressive Berdych conjures two break points and secures the match in some style thanks to a forehand winner which Tsonga couldn't have retrieved even if he'd started chasing the ball yesterday, although he did give up hope a tad too quickly. The Frenchman has one match left in this group, against Andy Murray, but he can start packing his bags as his work in London is nearly at an end. Probably.

    *Berdych 7-5 3-6 5-1 Tsonga

    Someone needs to whisper to Tsonga that patience is a virtue. The Frenchman showing little interest in grinding down his opponent as he rashly ends the opening rally with a lazy forehand into the tramlines. The Czech, like a fine puppeteer, then sends Tsonga lunging from tramline to tramline before unleashing a beautifully worked crosscourt winner. Three break points Berdych and he hardly needs to pounce as Tsonga wilts, directing a backhand volley wide.

    Miles Maclagan, BBC Sport analyst

    "It looks as though Tsonga has tried to play an offensive game and keep Berdych on the back foot, but right now he doesn't have the skills and discipline to carry it off. He is in a hole right now as Berdych is in a good rhythm."

    Berdych 7-5 3-6 4-1 Tsonga*

    A double fault from Berdych gives Tsonga a whiff at 30-30, but the Frenchman frames a return and all hopes of earning a break-back point ends when a wild backhand gifts the game to the Czech.

    *Berdych 7-5 3-6 3-1 Tsonga

    Berdych advances to the net and the 6ft 5in Czech metamorphosises into a brick wall, swatting every shot the lunging Tsonga throws his way before nonchalantly dabbing away a volley. Two break points is the Czech's reward for his bravery and Tsonga, dashing hither and tither along the baseline, adds a tad too much venom on a forehand which bounces into the tramlines. The Frenchman is in trouble.

    Berdych 7-5 3-6 2-1 Tsonga*

    Berdych rattling through the game like an express train, holding to love to quickly turn the focus back on the Tsonga serve.

    *Berdych 7-5 3-6 1-1 Tsonga

    Tsonga apologises to the umpire after taking a reprieve following the opening game. The Frenchman decided to rest his limbs when he should have been gambolling at the other end of the court. He's quickly forgiven and comfortably holds thanks, perhaps, to his surprise sit down.


    Dennis Peter on Twitter: "Tsonga showing his power and strength at the right time."

    Berdych 7-5 3-6 1-0 Tsonga*

    Tsonga wastes little time in ratcheting two break points. Rejuvenated and confident, he is dancing on the baseline like a heavyweight boxer when preparing to face the Berdych bullets. But, with his opponent on the ropes, Tsonga's returns are more akin to tame jabs rather than knockout blows, and Berdych wriggles free when Tsonga ends proceedings with a tame backhand return into the tramlines.

  14. 2139: 

    Wimbledon doubles champions Jonny Marray and Freddie Nielsen after defeating reigning champions Max Mirnyi and Daniel Nestor to reach the last four at the ATP World Tour Finals.

    Marray says: "Like we proved at Wimbledon, getting closer to the prize there we continued to play the same way and enjoy ourselves, and have a bit of a laugh on the court as well. I think it's helped us to perform the way we do."

    Nielsen, 29, maintains that he will focus on singles next year, leaving 31-year-old Marray to search for a new partner in the off-season. "I wouldn't (reconsider) because, first of all, it's not a solid partnership," he says. "We take it tournament by tournament and see if we're available. I don't mind playing with Jonny, it's not that. I'm not in tennis to play with Jonny, unfortunately. Sorry, Jonny. No offence."

    *Berdych 7-5 3-6 Tsonga

    Ouch. A double fault from a careless Tsonga gifts Berdych a break-back point. The Frenchman nervelessly takes the game to deuce and gives the crowd a glimpse of the theatrical extravagance he is sometimes capable of with a dazzling volley, and an ace then brings the set to a joyful conclusion.

    Berdych 7-5 3-5 Tsonga*

    Berdych content to keep the points short and snappy, and an overhead volley eases him to 40-0. The Czech, eyes glittering with determination, is untroubled on his serve, holding with a beautifully worked serve and volley. He cthumps his thigh, suggesting he's preparing to muster all his energy to break Tsonga in the next game.

    *Berdych 7-5 2-5 Tsonga

    The Frenchman has erased the errors which blotted the first set and the energised Tsonga is galloping towards the end of of this second set.

    Berdych 7-5 2-4 Tsonga*

    Berdych seems unfazed, even though Celtic have taken a 2-0 lead against Barcelona, although I suspect he hasn't had a chance to check his mobile for updates yet. The Czech's serve as potent as ever and he clinches his first game in three when Tsonga biffs a return wide of the tramlines.

    *Berdych 7-5 1-4 Tsonga

    Wow. Tsonga at his swashbuckling best and the Frenchman holds before I can even add a full stop to the end of this sentence. Phew.

    Miles Maclagan, BBC Sport analyst

    "That's what Tsonga needs to do. He needs to use that power and strength. He plays with an inspirational style and Berdych was worried there."

    Berdych 7-5 1-3 Tsonga*

    Tsonga, varying play, approaches the net and a frazzled Berdych falters from the baseline for 15-30. Berdych opts to dash towards the tape in the next point but, alas, his ploy to outwit his opponent with a volley goes awry and Tsonga has two break points. Danger averted, though, as Berdych rescues the situation with a couple of huge serves. Tsonga, though, bullying his opponent and sticks his head down the proverbial toilet, breaking his opponent with panache.

    *Berdych 7-5 1-2 Tsonga

    I've a funny feeling everyone is watching the football tonight, some competition called the Champions League. Pah. Do send us a tweet using the hashtag #bbctennis if you're keeping tabs on this match, but I'm not going to beg. Oh no. Errors continuing to infiltrate Tsonga's game, but the Frenchman does enough, just, to thwart Berdych.

    Berdych 7-5 1-1 Tsonga*

    Both players enjoying impervious opening service games in this set. Berdych bamboozling Tsonga by scurrying towards the net, directing a volley beyond the Frenchman's grasp to complete a hold to love.

    Miles Maclagan, BBC Sport analyst

    "It wouldn't surprise me to see more of the same in this second set. Tsonga's game plan needs to be aggressive, he needs to keep Berdych on the move as he is such a big hitter, but he needs to cut out the errors."

    *Berdych 7-5 0-1 Tsonga

    Losing the first set doesn't seem to have affected Tsonga as the Frenchman, striding around the court with purpose, holds to love.

    Berdych 7-5 Tsonga*

    Berdych effortlessly earns three break points. Tsonga saves one... but can do little to prevent the ruthless Czech from producing a crackerjack of an ace, his fifth of the match, down the middle to seal the first set in 48 minutes.

    *Berdych 6-5 Tsonga

    Loose-limbed groundstrokes from Tsonga forcing Berdych on his heels and the Frenchman pounces by whipping a forehand winner to level at 15-15. The scrambling Berdych slices his way to two break points and the impatient Tsonga, hoping for a winner, responds by directing a rash forehand into the tramlines. All the beanpole Berdych needs to do is hold serve and the first set his his...

    Berdych 5-5 Tsonga*

    A howitzer of an ace down the middle ensures Berdych races ahead to 40-0. Tsonga, however, sends Berdych dashing hither and tither before ruthlessly ending the point with a backhand winner. The Frenchman's joy is short lived though as Berdych once again holds to level.

    *Berdych 4-5 Tsonga

    Clumsy groundstrokes blighting Tsonga's game in this opening set but for every wayward shot there are two or three winners. A sizzling forehand this time securing the game and forcing his opponent to serve to remain in first-set contention.

    Berdych 4-4 Tsonga*

    At 0-30 Tsonga seems to have Berdych on the ropes, but a wild backhand allows the Czech sneak back into the game at 30-30. A despairing groan from the world number eight is all you need to hear to know the Frenchman's thoughts on that shot. And, in a blink of an eye, Berdych holds to level.

    Miles Maclagan, BBC Sport analyst

    "Some good defence from Tsonga but I have noticed how far Berdych is pushing him towards the back of the baseline."

    *Berdych 3-4 Tsonga

    Shouts of encouragement for Berdych from an otherwise subdued crowd as he notches two break points. Tsonga, the coolest of tennis cucumbers, serves out wide and follows up with an irretrievable volley. Another huge serve into the wings ensures it's only a momentary blip for the Frenchman. Berdych, though, undeterred, gallops towards the net and produces a fabulous volley which dips beyond the diving Tsonga. Third break point Berdych... the line judge yelps and replays prove his volley was indeed long. And Tsonga breathes a sigh of relief as the ploy to serve to the Berdych backhand once again pays dividends and sees him over the line.

    Berdych 3-3 Tsonga*

    How can Tsonga negate the venomous serves being unleashed from the towering Czech's racquet? By standing close to the baseline, it seems. The world number eight will need to erase the groundstroke errors, though, which is blighting his game at the moment. This time Tsonga, running towards the tramline at full speed, whips a forehand wide to let Berdych off the hook at 30-30 and Berdych soon restores parity.

    *Berdych 2-3 Tsonga

    Tsonga opts to serve and volley and eases to 40-0. Berdych's response is to step into the Frenchman's booming serve, but his radar falters with an attempted driving volley which bounces beyond the baseline.

    Berdych 2-2 Tsonga*

    Berdych using all of his 6ft 5in frame to overpower Tsonga from the baseline and the Czech seems to have moved up the gears, holding to love in quick-sharp time.

    *Berdych 1-2 Tsonga

    Tsonga, almost in camouflage as his outfit is just a shade darker than the cobalt blue court, has started the brighter of the two. A Berdych return lands beyond the baseline for another straightforward hold to 15 for the Frenchman.

    Berdych 1-1 Tsonga*

    Berdych, unsurprisingly, is wearing a baseball cap. He has won three of his previous four matches against Tsonga, although the winsome Tsonga defeated the Czech at last year's ATP World Tour finals. The longest rally of the game is brought to a conclusion when Tsonga's tame forehand plonks into the net and it's a hold to 15 for the world number six.

    *Berdych 0-1 Tsonga

    Tsonga, for those who can't remember, won silver for France in London this summer in the men's doubles. The Frenchman opens with a super duper ace and quickly wraps up a faultless hold.

  39. 2013: 

    Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on BBC Radio 5 live Sports Extra: "It's going to be difficult but I have nothing to lose and I'm sure I will bring my best tennis on the court. It's a bit different to other tournaments. I will play this tournament like I played the Olympics."

  40. 2013: 

    There's no need to tell you that there'll be live text commentary of this match, but for those not in the know you can also listen to live coverage on 5 live Sports Extra. Don't forget to send us your thoughts either via Twitter, using the hashtag #bbc tennis, or text 81111. It would be lovely to hear from you.

  41. 2010: 

    Berdych and Tsonga emerge through the dry ice and are currently warming up. It seems every sporting contest is a 'must-win' these days, but for these two defeat on the cobalt blue court at the 02 will end their hopes of reaching the semi-finals. One man who will be rooting for Frenchman Tsonga, after he's taken his pet poodle Pierre for a walk in chilly London, will be Djokovic because victory for the world number eight will guarantee the Serb a spot in the last four.

  42. 2005:  
    Miles Maclagan, BBC Sport analyst

    "Once again, another doubles match going to the deciding tie-break. Marray is a real nice guy and it wasn't so long ago I was giving him leftovers of my kit and now there he is playing in front of 16,500 people. It's a fairytale story. "

  43. 2004: 

    Before we give Berdych and Tsonga our full attention, I bring you news of victory for the fine British-Danish axis that is Jonny Marray and Frederik Nielsen. The Wimbledon champions are ensured of a place in the semi-finals after beating reigning champs Max Mirnyi and Daniel Nestor 7-6 4-6 12-10. If I were French I would describe that result as incroyable. I'm not French, though.

  44. 2000: 

    Hello there! Back again? Excellent. As if watching world number one Novak Djokovic sneak past US Open champion Andy Murray wasn't enough for one day, up pop Tomas Berdych and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga for the final chapter of Wednesday's edition of the ATP World Tour Finals. American president Barack Obama himself couldn't have chosen a better tennis schedule on the morning/afternoon/evening of his re-election. Well, ok, maybe he could.

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