First Miami opponent was 56th ranked Jarkko Nieminen.
Berdych had some troubles on serve, but still won all of his games. Nieminen had fantastic net play in the first set with 17 won points from 22 tries, but he made 3 mistakes on net in fourth game and these mistakes lost him the first set, Berdych won 6/3.
Nieminen looked like he gave up after the loss of first set. He made 3 baseline errors in first game, Berdych then scored classy passing shot and got break by love game.
Berdych dominated, took one more break to make it 4/1 and finished with another for 6/3 6/1 win.
Secound round opponent was 20th seeded Sebastien Grosjean.
First set was really strange. Grosjean was much better player the first 6 games, he won his first 3 service games without losing point, meanwhile won at least two points on every Berdych's service game, but didn't get to any breakpoints. Next 6 games were completely turned around, as Berdych was the one that won his services without trouble, and he even got to 5 BPs in two games, still didn't convert any of them. So the first set went to tie-break and Berdych continued to play better than Grosjean and won without any problem 7-3
Grosjean took first break of the match right in the start of the second set. He was even close to take double break lead, but Berdych held his serve, yet haven't convert any of his 2 BPs and lost the set 4/6.
Berdych started off strongly in last set, he finally, on his eighth chance, with a love game, broke Grosjean and took 2/0 lead. Berdych served the match out without complications, he even made 6 aces in his last two games, and won the last set 6/3.
We went against Todd Woodbridge in third round. We already faced Woodbridge in Brisbane, and Berdych won 2/6 6/3 10-3,
The match was really fast paced, points were often ended after few shots and first set went to tiebreak after just 36 minutes. TWENTY points without minibreak, that's how tiebreak went, until Berdych hit great cross passing shot when Woodbridge was approaching net. And he finished the first set with his twelvth ace to win 7/6(10).
Second set was same story, now it took just 35 minutes to get to tiebreak. Berdych again held all of the points on his service and this time stole two of Woodbridge's to win this tricky match 7/6(10) 7/6(4)
In R16 we faced 27th seeded Guillermo Canas, another man we went against in Brisbane, but we lost to this one.
If Berdych's improvement by 60 places is impressive, then I don't know what to say about his, because he went from 145 to 30 in 11 weeks of this season.
Berdych was the first to win a break, when he took Canas' service in fourth game, but Canas got back up after eight minute game. Both guys held their services from this point and, same as Brisbane, first set was decided in tiebreak. Tiebreak was very close, but in the end
Canas used that Berdych had to face setpoint with second serve and made big return winner to win tiebreak 9-7.
I don't know how to describe second set, Berdych probably played his best tennis there, he made 16 winners and just 2 errors and won 6/0.
But Berdych couldn't stay this good in the third set and lost his service game once and didn't get to any to breakpoint and lost third set 3/6.Quick Results
1R - Berdych
X Nieminen 6/3 6/1
2R - Berdych
X Grosjean(20) 7/6(3) 4/6 6/3
3R - Berdych
X Woodbridge 7/6(10) 7/6(4)
4R - Berdych X Canas(27)
6/7(7) 6/0 3/6
Ranking before: 53
Ranking after: 43
Berdych gets to Top 50 for the first time in his career Highlights of the week
Miami - (2)R. Federer X A. Roddick(1) 6/4 7/5 7/5(6)Final Review
Great result after great result
Berdych again showed that he can break to Top 20, if he continues playing like this. Next is clay season, we will probably play just the 3 Masters and Roland Garros, not really expecting much, we'll see if we can have some decent results here too.