In Sports News: Czech tennis player Tomáš Berdych is downed by American Andy Roddick in the final of the Miami Masters but becomes the country’s No.1 ranked player; Hockey’s Slavia win a crucial Game 3 in their semi-final series against Vítkovice, while Pardubice take a 2-0 lead in their series against Liberec; in football Sparta tie with Plzeň to hold on to a slim lead atop the league standings; and in Champions League action Tomáš Rosicky’s Arsenal eke out a 2:2 draw against Barca.
Czech Tomáš Berdych was defeated by American Andy Roddick in the final of the Miami Masters on Sunday. One break of serve in each set was enough for Roddick, who didn't face a break point in the entire match which he won 7-5, 6-4. His victory brought an end to the impressive run of the 16th-seeded Berdych, who had survived a match point to shock world number one Roger Federer in the fourth round. Berdych said he was disappointed not to have won, but overall he was satisfied with his tournament in which he’d played a couple of really good matches.
Czech Tomáš Berdych will face sixth-seed Andy Roddick in the final of the Miami Masters on Sunday. Berdych booked a place in the final when he beat fifth-seeded Swede Robin Soderling 6-2, 6-2 on Friday. Berdych, the 16th seed who upset world number one Roger Federer in the fourth round, needed just 68 minutes to dispatch Soderling and book a showdown with American Andy Roddick in Sunday's final.
Czech Tomas Berdych continued his upset run at the Miami Masters on Friday, toppling fifth-seeded Swede Robin Soderling 6-2, 6-2 to reach the final. Berdych, the 16th seed who upset world number one Roger Federer in the fourth round, needed just 68 minutes to dispatch Soderling and book a showdown with American Andy Roddick in Sunday's final.
The Czech tennis player Tomáš Berdych has reached the semi-finals at the Miami Masters. Berdych, who had knocked out world number one Roger Federer in the previous round, advanced to the last four after a 4-6, 7-6, 6-4 win over Fernando Verdasco of Spain on Thursday. The Czech, who is 24, will face Sweden’s Robin Soderling for a place in the final. The world number 20 also reached the semi-finals in Miami two years ago.
Czech tennis player Radek Štepánek is taking two months off to rest. The 31-year-old, who is the Czech men’s number one, is suffering from fatigue syndrome. A spokesman for the Czech Republic’s Davis Cup team said that Štepánek could miss the World Team Cup in Germany’s Duesseldorf in May. The world number 18 could also be out for the French Open, which begins on May 23, and the Davis Cup quarter-finals, which take place in Chile in July. Last year, he helped the Czech team reach the final.
The Czech tennis player Tomáš Berdych beat world number one Roger Federer of Switzerland at the Miami Masters on Tuesday. Berdych saved a match point in a third set tie-break in the third round match to bring an eight-match losing streak against Federer to an end. The Czech had only beaten Federer once before, at the Athens Olympics in 2004. Berdych is seeded 16th in the tournament.
The Czech tennis player Nicole Vaidišová has retired at the age of 20, according to media reports. Vaidišová reached the semi-finals at two Grand Slam tournaments and in 2007 got as high as seventh in the world rankings. However, her career has been going downhill for some time and she is currently ranked 176th. One tennis website reported that Vaidišová, who is the girlfriend of Czech men’s number one Radek Štěpánek, was evidently tired of losing matches and had no desire to return to the court.
The Czech Republic’s Nicole Vaidišová – once ranked seventh in women’s tennis but currently 176th in the world – is retiring at the age of 20, reports have stated citing sources close to the player, including Aleš Kodet her stepfather and former coach. Vaidišová, who is the girlfriend of Czech men’s number one Radek Štěpánek, suffered a downward spiral over the last two years, after reaching two Grand Slam semi-finals in 2007. According to sources, the once promising player grew tried of losing matches and lost her drive to compete.
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