Madrid Open 2012: Tomas Berdych Needs Win Significantly More Than Roger Federer

Luis BatlleContributor IMay 13, 2012

MADRID, SPAIN - MAY 12:  Tomas Berdych of Czech Republic in action during his victory over Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina on Day Eight of the Mutua Madrilena Madrid Open at the Caja Magica on May 12, 2012 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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A No. 2 seed is on the line for tennis phenom Roger Federer and still No. 7 Tomas Berdych is the player in dire need of a victory at the 2012 Madrid Open.

Berdych, currently owning the No. 7 ranking in the world, has been a consistent top-10 threat upon becoming a pro.

The 26-year-old Czech talent has lingered in the No. 6 and No. 7 spots more recently, as he has failed to make that one push that would take him to the next level. A tournament in at the Madrid Open might just be that one win that propels Berdych into the top five.

For his career, Berdych has been relatively solid. In spite of failing to win a Grand Slam title, he has been to two quarterfinals, a semifinal and a final. What's more? All four memorable career runs came in the last two years.

Starting off 2012 with a quarterfinals appearance at the Australian Open was all the more of an indicator that Berdych continues to make adjustments to his game and win key matches.

Berdych is a talented young player that continues to improve and find ways to compete with the top-class in the sport.

In this 2012 Madrid Open, Berdych has taken down Kevin Anderson, Gael Monfils, Fernando Verdasco and Juan Martin del Potro, as there is no question that he is more than capable of competing with and taking down the best. 

Not to mention, Berdych has failed to drop a set in the process. Federer has had the significantly easier run to the final of the two and he has dropped a set this tournament.

If there's a time to break through, the 26-year-old talent knows that now is the time to make a surge, given his recent success and dominant play at Madrid.