Andy has lost in the quarter finals of the Madrid Open, losing in straight sets 6-7 4-6.
In a match that was closely fought from the outset, Andy led by a break in the opening set but lost it on a tie-break and was unable to replicate the comeback of Thursday night. Andy had a break point in the opening game of the first set but was unable to convert, and the opening games went with serve. The set proceeded to a tie-break, which Berdych decisively won.
Andy struggled out of the blocks at the beginning of the second set, and was broken in the first game. But this time it was his turn to break back, taking the set to 1-1. Berdych broke to love in the fifth game of the set, part of a run of 11 straight points. Two match points arrived, and a weary looking Andy lost the set 4-6.
Speaking after the match, Andy rued his missed chances but admitted he could take positives from his performance “Tomas is a very good clay court player and it was a close match – I had my chances. I think I’m playing OK. Some things I would like to do better, but I did play very well in practice in the build-up to this tournament”
Andy retains the world number two ranking from Roger Federer, and now moves to Rome where he will play in the Internazionali BNL d’Italia Masters tournament.