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2019 AUSTRALIAN OPEN Round 2: Tomas Berdych vs Robin Haase *OoP*

Posted on January 16, 2019 at 11:05 PM





Order of Play - Wednesday, January 16, 2019




PREVIEW


Tomas Berdych beat Kyle Edmund in three sets in the first round so should be very confident for this match.


Robin Haase was also a three-set winner in his opening match, versus Spaniard Guillermo García-López.


There have been five previous matches between Tomas Berdych and Robin Haase.


Berdych has won three of them. This should be a very close match if world rankings are anything to go by.


Tomas Berdych is ranked 57 in the world. Meanwhile, Robin Haase is ranked 58.




MATCH REPORT


Tomas Berdych needed just 20 minutes to take the first set as the Czech went on to eventually crush Robin Haase 6-1 6-3 6-3.


Berdych continued his fine form on his return to the competition following a back injury, and the former world number four dispatched the Dutchman with minimum fuss.


The former world number 4 has made a resurgent start to 2019 and he produced another flawless display on Court 8.


The Czech is yet to have his serve broken in his first two matches this week, and he will face Diego Schwartzman after the Argentine defeated Denis Kudla in five sets.













2019 AUSTRALIAN OPEN Round 1: TOMAS BERDYCH def. KYLE EDMUND *12 combo-images* *Chair Umpire John Blom* *Ester Berdych Satorova* *Coach Martin Stepanek*

Posted on January 14, 2019 at 2:30 PM



Edmund Kyle, who is seeded 13th, will be going up against unseeded player Tomas Berdych in the first round of the Australian Open 2019.


At the Qatar Open last week, Berdych marked his return from a six-month hiatus due to a back injury by finishing as runner-up – losing to Roberto Bautista Agut.


Tomas Berdych is a two-time semi-finalist at the Australian Open and made it to the Wimbledon final in 2010 but was beaten by Rafael Nadal. He is currently ranked 57th in the world but his career high is fourth (in May 2015).


Tomas Berdych will play his first round match on  Monday, January 14, 2019. Match will be third on the Melbourne Arena, with play starting at midnight UK time.



Order of Play – Monday, January 14, 2019 From 11:00 am Melbourne




Tomas Berdych has made a flying start, racing into the second round with a straight-sets win over Kyle Edmund




Comeback man Berdych hammers Edmund


Match Report


Monday, January 14, 2019


Michael Beattie (Official website Australian Open)


Kyle Edmund became the second top 16 seed casualty of the men’s draw on day 1 of Australian Open 2019, beaten by fellow former semi-finalist Thomas Berdych 6-3 6-0 7-5.


The No.13 seed, who reached the last four at Melbourne Park in 2018, joins No.9 seed John Isner among Monday’s also-rans after failing to make any impact against 2014 and 2015 semi-finalist Berdych. The Czech hammered 37 winners to the Briton’s 25 in an impressive return to form, setting up a second-round showdown with Robin Haase.


“It’s been a very long six months that I was out,” said Berdych, who briefly contemplated retirement while recovering from a back injury that ruled him out of Wimbledon and the US Open in 2018.


“I was feeling really good on court. I like this Melbourne heat; it’s been so many years that I’ve loved coming back.


“The draw for the first round was very difficult – I was not seeded – and playing Kyle for the first match is not easy. I’m very pleased with the way I played, and it’s a good sign for me for the rest of the tournament.”


Berdych was quickly into his rhythm on Melbourne Arena, racing to a 3-0 lead that proved enough to secure the opening set. The former world No.4, who arrived at Melbourne Park ranked No.57, punished a string of short returns with clean winners, denying the Briton a route back into the set.


Things got even worse for Edmund in the second set as the shadows cast by the setting sun edged across the court. His serve and forehand lacked their typical venom as Berdych fired back with interest, swatting winners that left the 24-year-old rooted to the spot.


Edmund hunkered down in the third set but still he had not fashioned a break point on the Berdych serve, the 33-year-old firing 12 aces and winning 88 per cent of points behind his first delivery as the business end of the set approached.


That all changed with Berdych serving to stay in the set at 4-5. A loose forehand drive volley set the tone for a ropey game from the Czech, who watch both a forehand and backhand winner sail past as Edmund reached set point. But Berdych rallied, hooking a forehand winner into the corner before Edmund pushed a volley into the tramlines as the chance passed.


Just as Edmund seemed to have dented Berdych’s defences, his own were breached once more. From 40-0 up in the next game he crumbled, coughing up a string of errors before Berdych hammered back-to-back forehand winners to move within a game of the win, serving out a love game with an ace in one hour, 42 minutes.


“I’m just trying to enjoy every single moment on court, and today was another good day,” Berdych added. “Right now, I think my body is paying me off – I gave him a break, and now the body’s going to hold for… let’s see how long.”





Tomas Berdych's wife, Ester Satorova















Tomas Berdych's coach Martin Stepanek and wife Ester Berdych Satorova



Chair Umpire Australian John Blom











Tomas Berdych shakes hands with Kyle Edmund of Great Britain following victory in the first round match during day one of the 2019 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 14, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. Berdych won 6-3 6-0 7-5.










CAPTION THIS: Fit and relaxed ahead of the 2019 AUSTRALIAN OPEN Tomas Berdych has lost weight and enjoys it! *6 photos*

Posted on January 13, 2019 at 7:00 PM

Berdych arrives fresh from reaching the final in Doha























2019 AUSTRALIAN OPEN - The MEN'S SINGLES DRAW

Posted on January 11, 2019 at 5:00 PM



Defending champion Roger Federer speaks on stage near the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup during the Official Draw ahead of the 2019 Australian Open at Margaret Court Arena on January 10, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. Men’s singles: 128 competitors including 16 qualifiers and eight wildcards.



MEN'S SINGLES DRAW


[1] Novak Djokovic (SRB)

[Q] Mitchell Krueger (USA)

[WC] Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA)

Martin Klizan (SVK)

Taro Daniel (JPN)

[Q] Thanasi Kokkinakis (AUS)

Pablo Andujar (ESP)

[25] Denis Shapovalov (CAN)

[21] David Goffin (BEL)

Christian Garin (CHI)

Marcel Granollers (ESP)

Marius Copil (ROU)

Jiri Vesely (CZE)

Ryan Harrison (USA)

[Q] Lloyd Harris (RSA)

[15] Daniil Medvedev (RUS)

[12] Fabio Fognini (ITA)

Jaume Munar (ESP)

Nicolas Jarry (CHI)

Leonardo Mayer (ARG)

Ilya Ivashka (BLR)

Malek Jaziri (TUN)

[Q] Luca Vanni (ITA)

[23] Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP)

[32] Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER)

[WC] Zhe Li (CHN)

Guido Pella (ARG)

Joao Sousa (POR)

Ivo Karlovic (CRO)

Hubert Hurkacz (POL)

[Q] Kamil Majchrzak (POL)

[8] Kei Nishikori (JPN)



[4] Alexander Zverev (GER)

Aljaz Bedene (SLO)

Jeremy Chardy (FRA)

Ugo Humbert (FRA)

[WC] Alex Bolt (AUS)

[WC] Jack Sock (USA)

[Q] Bjorn Fratangelo (USA)

[29] Gilles Simon (FRA)

[24] Hyeon Chung (KOR)

Bradley Klahn (USA)

Sam Querrey (USA)

Pierre-Hugues Herbert (FRA)

Stan Wawrinka (SUI)

Ernests Gulbis (LAT)

Nick Kyrgios (AUS)

[16] Milos Raonic (CAN)

[11] Borna Coric (CRO)

Steve Darcis (BEL)

Albert Ramos-Vinolas (ESP)

Marton Fucsovics (HUN)

Laslo Djere (SRB)

Evgeny Donskoy (RUS)

Filip Krajinovic (SRB)

[17] Marco Cecchinato (ITA)

[28] Lucas Pouille (FRA)

Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ)

Maximilian Marterer (GER)

[Q] Gleb Sakharov (FRA)

[WC] Alexei Popyrin (AUS)

Mischa Zverev (GER)

Benoit Paire (FRA)

[7] Dominic Thiem (AUT)



[6] Marin Cilic (CRO)

Bernard Tomic (AUS)

Andrey Rublev (RUS)

Mackenzie McDonald (USA)

Michael Mmoh (USA)

Radu Albot (MDA)

[Q] Miomir Kecmanovic (SRB)

[26] Fernando Verdasco (ESP)

[22] Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP)

Andy Murray (GBR)

Federico Delbonis (ARG)

John Millman (AUS)

Yoshihito Nishioka (JPN)

Tennys Sandgren (USA)

Peter Gojowczyk (GER)

[10] Karen Khachanov (RUS)

[14] Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE)

Matteo Berrettini (ITA)

[Q] Viktor Troicki (SRB)

Roberto Carballes Baena (ESP)

[Q] Stefano Travaglia (ITA)

Guido Andreozzi (ARG)

[Q] Christopher Eubanks (USA)

[19] Nikoloz Basilashvili] (GEO)

[30] Gael Monfils (FRA)

Damir Dzumhur (BIH)

Cameron Norrie (GBR)

Taylor Harry Fritz (USA)

[Q] Tatsuma Ito (JPN)

[Q] Daniel Evans (GBR)

Denis Istomin (UZB)

[3] Roger Federer (SUI)



[5] Kevin Anderson (RSA)

Adrian Mannarino (FRA)

Frances Tiafoe (USA)

[Q] Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND)

Feliciano Lopez (ESP)

Jordan Thompson (AUS)

Andreas Seppi (ITA)

[31] Steve Johnson (USA)

[20] Grigor Dimitrov (BUL)

Janko Tipsarevic (SRB)

Pablo Cuevas (URU)

Dusan Lajovic (SRB)

[WC] Jason Murray Kubler  (AUS)

Thomas Fabbiano (ITA)

Reilly Opelka (USA)

[9] John Isner (USA)

[13] Kyle Edmund (GBR)

Tomas Berdych (CZE)

Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP)

Robin Haase (NED)

[WC] Marc Polmans (AUS)

Denis Kudla (USA)

[Q] Rudolf Molleker (GER)

[18] Diego Schwartzman (ARG)

[27] Alex De Minaur (AUS)

Pedro Sousa (POR)

Mirza Basic (BIH)

[Q] Henri Laaksonen (SUI)

Matthew Ebden (AUS)

Jan-Lennard Struff (GER)

[WC] James Duckworth (AUS)

[2] Rafael Nadal (ESP)




2019 AUSTRALIAN OPEN - A new outfit. A new beginning. Berdych arrived in Melbourne as a 'rebel'. Practice Session *3 combo-images*

Posted on January 8, 2019 at 2:50 PM


Tomas Berdych, Practice Session, Court 16, 8 January 2019













INTERVIEW - Berdych: "Australian Open is one of my favorite Slams, I always did well"

Posted on January 8, 2019 at 10:05 AM





Berdych: Australian Open is one of my favorite Slams, I always did well


JANUARY 8, 2019


by LUIGI GATTO  |  Tennis World USA


This year's Australian Open will definitely be a very important tournament for Tomas Berdych as the Czech needs to defend the 360 points he earned last year. Berdych lost to Roger Federer in the quarter-finals.


Berdych started his season on a high note, by reaching the final of the Qatar Open in Doha (lost to Roberto Bautista Agut). In press conference, the former world no. 4 said: 'It's definitely a great start for me. As I said, six months has been a long time and winning four matches in a row, that's great for the confidence, that's exactly what I've needed.


I'm not sure if I was like seeing this coming, but it's a nice bonus and I definitely appreciate it. But still I have to stay very humble, very patient because it's been just the first week of the season, so there's no need for any huge expectations and stuff like that.


So really keep on going, doing it week-by-week, match-by-match. And Australia is one of my favorite Slams. I always did well. So I'm looking forward to the place and I will try to carry on on this momentum and play a great tournament there.' Analyzing his loss to Bautista Agut, Berdych added: 'The game plan was being aggressive, playing my tennis, which has been very good and very solid throughout the whole week and I was just besides the one game, I was sticking well with the plan and overall I'm happy.


I'm not satisfied because satisfied would be after winning a title, but I'm happy with the week. It was a good week overall and that's it, let's move on. Coming after six months of not playing this really - my expectations were completely on a different level.


But, you know, tennis is a beautiful sport and all the experience that I had from the past and all the hard work that I did throughout my pre-season just pays off and I'm really happy with the way the week went. And, yeah, let's move on to Australia.'






Tomas Berdych begins 2019 at No. 71 in the ATP Rankings. After Doha Final he is up 14 places to No. 57

Posted on January 7, 2019 at 8:05 PM



Tomas Berdych finishes runner-up at the 2019 Qatar ExxonMobil Open, his first event in more than six months



     ATP RANKING as of Monday, January 7, 2019

1. Djokovic Novak 9135 p.
2. Nadal Rafael 7480 p.
3. Federer Roger 6420 p.
4. Zverev Alexander 6385 p.
5. Del Potro Juan-Martin 5300 p.
6. Anderson Kevin 4810 p.
7. Cilic Marin 4160 p.
8. Thiem Dominic 4095 p.
9. Nishikori Kei 3750 p.
10. Isner John 3155 p.
11. Khachanov Karen 2835 p.
12. Coric Borna 2435 p.
13. Fognini Fabio 2315 p.
14. Edmund Kyle 2150 p.
15. Tsitsipas Stefanos 2095 p.
16. Medvedev Daniil 2037 p.
17. Raonic Milos 1900 p.
18. Cecchinato Marco 1889 p.
19. Schwartzman Diego Sebastian 1880 p.
20. Basilashvili Nikoloz 1820 p.
21. Dimitrov Grigor 1790 p.
22. Goffin David 1785 p.
23. Bautista-Agut Roberto 1765 p.
24. Carreno-Busta Pablo 1705 p.
25. Chung Hyeon 1585 p.
26. Gasquet Richard 1535 p.
27. Shapovalov Denis 1440 p.
28. Verdasco Fernando 1410 p.
29. De Minaur Alex 1253 p.
30. Pouille Lucas 1245 p.
31. Simon Gilles 1210 p.
32. Monfils Gael 1195 p.
33. Johnson Steve 1190 p.
34. Kohlschreiber Philipp 1125 p.
35. Fucsovics Marton 1122 p.
36. Chardy Jeremy 1120 p.
37. Seppi Andreas 1100 p.
38. Millman John 1083 p.
39. Tiafoe Francis 1080 p.
40. Klizan Martin 1050 p.
41. Mannarino Adrian 1045 p.
42. Jaziri Malek 1042 p.
43. Jarry Nicolas 1022 p.
44. Sousa Joao 1017 p.
45. Lajovic Dusan 1010 p.
46. Dzumhur Damir 985 p.
47. Ebden Matthew 981 p.
48. Querrey Sam 955 p.
49. Haase Robin 940 p.
50. Fritz Taylor Harry 933 p.
51. Kyrgios Nick 920 p.
52. Berrettini Matteo 916 p.
53. Herbert Pierre-Hugues 903 p.
54. Mayer Leonardo 895 p.
55. Paire Benoit 890 p.
56. Kukushkin Mikhail 890 p.
57. Berdych Tomas 865 p.
58. Struff Jan-Lennard 855 p.
59. Wawrinka Stan 830 p.
60. Gojowczyk Peter 830 p.
61. Copil Marius 823 p.
62. Kudla Denis 818 p.
63. Sandgren Tennys 814 p.
64. Lopez Feliciano 795 p.
65. Ramos-Vinolas Albert 790 p.
66. Pella Guido 790 p.
67. Bedene Aljaz 760 p.
68. Zverev Mischa 746 p.
69. Karlovic Ivo 739 p.
70. Marterer Maximilian 732 p.
71. Pospisil Vasek 716 p.
72. Thompson Jordan 715 p.
73. Carballes Baena Roberto 714 p.
74. Munar Clar Jaume Antoni 702 p.
75. Nishioka Yoshihito 701 p.
76. Klahn Bradley 699 p.
77. Delbonis Federico 696 p.
78. Daniel Taro 691 p.
79. McDonald Mackenzie 688 p.
80. Andreozzi Guido 682 p.
81. Harrison Ryan 660 p.
82. Andujar Pablo 658 p.
83. Gulbis Ernests 657 p.
84. Rublev Andrey 655 p.
85. Tomic Bernard 655 p.
86. Garin Christian 650 p.
87. Vesely Jiri 649 p.
88. Hurkacz Hubert 635 p.
89. Kovalik Jozef 632 p.
90. Cuevas Pablo 630 p.
91. Djere Laslo 621 p.
92. Krajinovic Filip 620 p.
93. Norrie Cameron 616 p.
94. Ivashka Ilya 610 p.
95. Donskoy Evgeny 599 p.
96. Albot Radu 592 p.
97. Basic Mirza 585 p.
98. Humbert Ugo 584 p.
99. Istomin Denis 577 p.
100. Fabbiano Thomas 573 p.






TOP STORY - Don't Sleep On Tomas Berdych In Melbourne *combo-image Tomas and Ester at the airport*

Posted on January 7, 2019 at 5:55 PM




Don’t Sleep On Tomas Berdych In Melbourne


By Jim Smith


THE RUNNER SPORTS


January 7, 2019


Last year (2018), started very positively for the big-hitting Tomas Berdych. As ever, he was striking the ball cleanly, but for the first time in some years he seemed to have combined his power with a genuine belief in his ability to win matches. At the Australian Open, he advanced impressively through the first week, highlighted by his straight-sets demolition of Juan Martin del Potro for the loss of just eight games. Fabio Fognini, his fourth-round opponent, was also able to offer little resistance, capitulating 1-6, 4-6, 4-6.


That win set up a mouth-watering clash with defending champion and then world #2 Roger Federer for a spot in the semifinals. Berdych’s record against the great Swiss was not hugely encouraging, standing at 19-6 in Federer’s favor going into the match with Berdych’s most recent victory coming in 2013 in Dubai. But he had twice upset Federer in Grand Slam quarterfinals, at Wimbledon in 2010 en route to the final and in 2012 at the US Open.


And for much of the first set in Melbourne, he looked primed to add another. Using his big forehand to good effect, he was able to drive Federer back whilst also showing a commendable willingness to come to the net. His backhand was doing damage and even his eternally vulnerable second serve was holding up well. He broke first, late in the set, and had the chance to serve for it. Then, as it so often has for Berdych, it all unraveled.


Errors began to creep in. His brave second faults became double faults. What had been big forehand winners were instead wild misses and his knifed volleys dumped into the net instead of arrowing beyond Federer’s reach. One moment he had Federer on the ropes, the next the Swiss had put him in the dust. The match finished 7-6, 6-3, 6-4 and Federer went on to lift a record 20th Grand Slam title. For Berdych, the moment he broke serve in the first set to lead 5-3 proved to be the high watermark of his 2018 campaign.


Thereafter, injuries set in and early exits abounded. Indeed, he failed to win more than two matches in a row for the rest of his season, with his final match of the year a three-set defeat to Frenchman Julien Benneteau in the first round at Queen’s Club before back issues kept him away from competition at Wimbledon and through the North American summer swing and the Autumn hard court events in Asia and Europe.


As a result, he finished 2018 ranked 71st in the world, which marked the first time since 2003 that he had ended a season outside the top 50. A perhaps understandable decline for a player whose best years appear to be behind him, who hasn’t won a tour-level title since October 2016 in Shenzhen, and who hasn’t ranked inside the top 10 since early 2017. Certainly not a player likely to do damage at the first major of 2019 in a draw stocked with luminaries of the game and hungry young stars looking for their breakthrough.


Or is he? Berdych, arguably more than any other of his peers, is the forerunner of the athletically gifted, powerful big men that have been making their way towards the top of the game over the past seasons. The similarities between the Czech and players such as world #4 Alexander Zverev and Paris Masters champion Karen Khachanov are more than passing. Like them, his big frame belies impressive court coverage. Like them, he can do damage both with his forehand and backhand. Like them, his technique is rock solid.


Berdych had all the tools needed to compete with the very best and win big titles. Except one: the mental strength required to trust in his game and keep swinging even under the most severe pressure. Whilst Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic have always been mental fortresses, impervious to virtually all assault, throughout his career Berdych has cracked. Indeed, it is hard to think of any player on either tour who has more mental scars than Berdych.


But now, at long last, the pressure is surely off. Berdych’s time on tour is almost certainly drawing to a close and he has been replaced as one of the game’s perennial challengers. For the first time in over a decade, Berdych’s name is on almost no one’s lips ahead of the Australian Open. And that may well count in his favor. In Qatar in the first week of the season, Berdych looked looser and freer than he has in some time and played some excellent tennis as a result, reaching the final where he lost narrowly to Djokovic’s conqueror Roberto Bautista Agut.


For Berdych, no longer even in the last chance saloon, the time to remind the sport why he was so long one of its leading lights may be nigh. That does not mean that Berdych is finally going to win his first major title in Melbourne. This is shaping up to be one of the most competitive fields down under in recent memory, a welcome change from last year, which saw Federer steamroller through a weak draw to the title. But in and amongst those dangerous competitors will be Tomas Berdych, and expect him to give as good as he gets. Or, for once, maybe even better.





TOP STORY - Berdych Remains Hungry After 2019 Doha Comeback

Posted on January 7, 2019 at 4:05 PM





Berdych Remains Hungry After Doha Comeback


ATP World Tour | Monday, January 7, 2019


Czech had missed six months due to injury


Tomas Berdych’s run to the final of the Qatar ExxonMobil Open was impressive in itself, as the 33-year-old beat two seeded players in Fernando Verdasco and Marco Cecchinato. But the former World No. 4’s efforts in Doha stand out even more because it was his first tournament since the Fever-Tree Championships last June, as he missed time due to injury.


“I think it was a great week overall. Coming after six months of not playing, my expectations were completely on a different level,” Berdych said. “But tennis is a beautiful sport and all the experience that I had from the past and all the hard work that I did throughout my pre-season just pays off and I'm really happy with the way the week went."


With that being said, the Czech star knows that this is only the beginning of his comeback. Berdych might have come within a set of capturing his first title since Shenzhen in 2016, but there are plenty of tournaments and opportunities ahead.


“I have to stay very humble, very patient because it's been just the first week of the season,” Berdych said. “So there's no need for any huge expectations and stuff like that.”


Nevertheless, it was important for Berdych to get plenty of matchplay in ahead of the year’s first Grand Slam, the Australian Open. And the Czech did just that by playing five matches. Berdych has historically fared well in Melbourne, reaching at least the quarter-finals in seven of the past eight years. So Berdych is staying especially focused, even if the major will be just his second tournament back.


“[I just have to keep on going, doing it week-by-week, match-by-match,” Berdych said. “Australia is one of my favorite Slams. I always did well. So I'm looking forward to the place and I will try to carry on on this momentum and play a great tournament there.”


It was a strong opening week for Berdych in Doha. But he will not take anything for granted. After all, he does not want to finish any tournament runner-up.


“I'm not satisfied because satisfied would be after winning a title.”






2019 DOHA, Qatar - Final Tomas Berdych lost to Roberto Bautista-Agut *43 combo-images* *Chair Umpire Mohamed Lahyani* *Ester Berdych Satorova* *Nasser Al-Khela´fi*

Posted on January 5, 2019 at 8:35 PM






























































(top) Chair umpire Mohamed Lahyani
(bottom) Tomas Berdych's physiotherapist Sergio Ferraz - Ester Berdych Satorova








































































(top right) Nasser Al-Khelaïfi applauds runner-up Tomas Berdych

As a tennis professional, Nasser Al-Khelaïfi was the second most successful member of the Qatar Davis Cup team after Sultan Khalfan, playing 43 ties between 1992 and 2002 and compiling a 12–31 record in singles, 12–16 in doubles. Nasser Al-Khelaïfi has been president of the Qatar Tennis Federation since November 2008. In 2011, he was elected vice-president of the Asian Tennis Federation for West Asia. Nasser Al-Khelaïfi is a former Davis Cup player and member of the Qatar National Tennis Team with which he won the GCC Team Tournament.


 

































Winner, Roberto Bautista of Spain and runner up, Tomas Berdych pose with their trophies following the singles final during day sixth of the ATP Qatar ExxonMobil Open at Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex on Saturday, January 5, 2019 in Doha, Qatar. Bautista-Agut won 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.




2019 DOHA Final - Roberto Bautista Agut def. Tomas Berdych for Doha Crown *OoP* *Score and Stats* *Interview* *Chair Umpire Mohamed Lahyani*

Posted on January 5, 2019 at 6:45 PM








Bautista Agut Beats Berdych For Doha Crown, 9th Career Title


Saturday, January 5, 2019 | TENNIS-X


Roberto Bautista Agut capped one of his best weeks of tennis Saturday beating Tomas Berdych 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 to capture his first career title in Doha.


Bautista Agut upended Stan Wawrinka, Novak Djokovic and today Berdych en route to his 9th trophy.


“It’s always a very tough draw, very tough tournament with a lot of good players in the draw. And when I started the week, I was feeling good with the ball,” Bautista Agut said. “I was enjoying practising. I was playing match by match. And since the first moment of the tournament until the last point, I felt really good on the court.”


The 24th-ranked Agut only moves up one spot in the rankings, but the win should do wonders for his confidence.


“It was a great start to the season,” Bautista Agut said “I wish to feel good physically, mentally, like I am now, like I felt this week. And if this happens, I think I can get better in the Rankings, and why not be closer to the Top 10?”


Despite the defeat, it was a very positive week for former Top 5 Berdych who was playing his first event since Queen’s due to a back injury.


“It was overall a very good match and I think the biggest difference was one game in the third set where I lost badly my serve where I hit two double faults in one game,” Berdych said. “In such a tight match, just made the big difference and that’s why I think Roberto won today, because he was playing well overall and he had a great week.”



 

Tomas Berdych in action during his singles final against Roberto Bautista of Spain during day sixth of the ATP Qatar ExxonMobil Open at Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex on Saturday, January 5, 2019 in Doha, Qatar. Bautista-Agut won 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.











QATAR EXXONMOBIL OPEN

January 5, 2019

Doha, Qatar

R. BAUTISTA AGUT/T. Berdych

6-4, 3-6, 6-3


Q. Tell us about the final. What was the difference in the end?

TOMAS BERDYCH: I think it was overall a very good match and I think the biggest difference was one game in the third set where I lost badly my serve where I hit two double faults in one game.

And I think that just, in such a tight match, just made the big difference and that's why I think Roberto won today because he was playing well overall and he had a great week. But that was the biggest difference which decides today's game.


Q. How was your game plan and are you happy with the execution?

TOMAS BERDYCH: The game plan was being aggressive, playing my tennis, which has been very good and very solid throughout the whole week and I was just besides the one game, I was sticking well with the plan and overall I'm happy.

I'm not satisfied because satisfied would be after winning a title, but I'm happy with the week. It was a good week overall and that's it, let's move on.


Q. Great start to the season. Please sum up the week and assess the week.

TOMAS BERDYCH: I think I already started in the previous question. I think it was a great week overall. I mean, coming after six months of not playing this really - my expectations were completely on a different level.

But, you know, tennis is a beautiful sport and all the experience that I had from the past and all the hard work that I did throughout my pre-season just pays off and I'm really happy with the way the week went. And, yeah, let's move on to Australia.


Q. Moving on to Australia now. Is this the start in confidence you needed? What are your expectations for the coming weeks?

TOMAS BERDYCH: Yes, it's definitely a great start for me. As I said, six months has been a long time and winning four matches in a row, that's great for the confidence, that's exactly what I've needed.

I'm not sure if I was like seeing this coming, but it's a nice bonus and I definitely appreciate it.

But still I have to stay very humble, very patient because it's been just the first week of the season, so there's no need for any huge expectations and stuff like that. So really keep on going, doing it week-by-week, match-by-match. And Australia is one of my favorite Slams. I always did well. So I'm looking forward to the place and I will try to carry on on this momentum and play a great tournament there.


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TOP STORY - Tomas Berdych: Kids playing tennis five hours a day is not good

Posted on January 4, 2019 at 11:50 PM


Tomas Berdych: Kids playing tennis five hours a day is not good


JANUARY 4, 2019


by LUIGI GATTO | Tennis World USA


Tomas Berdych doesn't believe that a ten-year-old kid who dreams of having a great professional tennis career should train for too many hours a day. In a conference call with children at the Qatar Exxon Mobil Open in Doha, Berdych was asked how much he trained at the age of 10. 'I don't think there was that many hours of tennis,' said the Czech player.


'I would say maybe one or two a day, but I think what it is very important in that age is also that you try to also gain some other skills, especially in the sport because being complex, it's very important so doing lots of running, even playing just football and all those kind of things.


It is very important because all that you can very well transfer to tennis. I don't think that if the kids that are ten-years-old playing five hours tennis a day is really good because what he's going to do then, what he's going to do when he's 15, 16? There is the very important time that you have to practice a lot.


When you are ten, I think one or two hours a day is maximum.' Now, Berdych trains for fewer hours than in the past: 'I need to take care of my body a little bit more than I used to,' he explained.


'And so I have to split my day a little bit more between the tennis practice, fitness practice and then also recovery. So, now the tennis is around two, two-and-a-half hours, plus some fitness, so something around that.' Whom does he like to play as an opponent? 'Anyone that I can beat! Berdych joked. 'No, it's - you know, this is very hard to pick because we don't have that opportunity in tennis that we can choose the opponents.


So we have to be ready for whoever comes up and whoever is the one across the net. But there are guys that I like to play a little bit more with them, somebody a little bit less. It's - that's the beauty of the sport.


Not every single guy is the same one and everybody can make you work really hard.'




2019 DOHA Semi-final: Enjoy 86 (1-43) TV CAPTURES (1/2) Tomas Berdych def. Marco Cecchinato

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Marco Cecchinato of Italy











































Tomas Berdych’s coach Martin Stepanek and wife Ester Berdych Satorova































Marco Cecchinato of Italy



















Chair Umpire Mohamed El Jennati of Morocco































Marco Cecchinato of Italy



















Tomas Berdych’s coach Martin Stepanek 


Tomas Berdych’s coach Martin Stepanek 



Tomas Berdych’s coach Martin Stepanek and wife Ester Berdych Satorova




2019 DOHA Semi-final: Enjoy 86 (44-86) TV CAPTURES (2/2) Tomas Berdych def. Marco Cecchinato

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Chair Mohamed El Jennati of Morocco



















































Marco Cecchinato of Italy







Ester Satorova, wife of Tomas Berdych



Ester Satorova, wife of Tomas Berdych































Tomas Berdych’s coach Martin Stepanek and wife Ester Berdych Satorova











Tomas Berdych’s coach Martin Stepanek and wife Ester Berdych Satorova



Tomas Berdych’s coach Martin Stepanek and wife Ester Berdych Satorova



Tomas Berdych’s coach Martin Stepanek and wife Ester Berdych Satorova (bottom) physiotherapist Sergio Ferraz











Tomas Berdych and Marco Cecchinato shake hands at the net













Tomas Berdych is interviewed on court following his semi-final match against Marco Cecchinato of Italy during day five of the ATP Qatar ExxonMobil Open at Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex in Doha on Friday, January 4, 2019. Berdych won 7-6(6), 6-3.













It was ... Tomas Berdych in action to Marco Cecchinato of Italy in their semi-final match during day five of the ATP Qatar ExxonMobil Open at Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex in Doha on Friday, January 4, 2019. Berdych won 7-6(6), 6-3.






2019 DOHA Semi-Final: Tomas Berdych def. Marco Cecchinato *OoP* *Score and Stats* *Interview* *Chair Umpire Mohamed El Jennati*

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Tomas Berdych continues dream comeback to reach final


JANUARY 4, 2019 22:05


by JOVICA ILIC | Tennis World USA


Returning into the action for the first time since June last year, the 33-year-old Tomas Berdych is ready to continue his career after a back injury that sidelined him for six months, scoring a 7-6, 6-3 win over Marco Cecchinato in an hour and 29 minutes to reach only the fourth ATP final after 2015 and the 32nd overall! Tomas is the third finalist of the Qatar Open who has reached the title match with a wild card and also the lowest-ranked finalist since Nicolas Escude in 2004.


The Czech hit 12 aces and he played well on both the first and second serve, losing just 15 points in 11 service games and saving two out of three break points to keep the pressure on Cecchinato who had won just four ATP matches on hard court before the strong Doha campaign that had to be ended in the semi-final despite having three set points at 6-3 in the tie break.


The Italian saved seven out of nine break points, prevailing in the longer points but losing too many shortest rallies up to four strokes to push Tomas over the finish line. 2015 Doha finalist saved a break point in the fourth game with a service winner but Marco forged a lead when he forced an error from his rival in the sixth game, moving 4-2 up and doing everything right on the court so far.


Creating four break points in the next game, Berdych converting the last one with a backhand return winner and they both served well in the remaining games to set up a tie break where Cecchinato went 2-0 up after a forehand error from Tomas.


Servers won the next nine points on serve and Tomas saved two set points at 3-6 with aces to keep his chances alive. A volley winner at the net secured the following point for him as well and he found himself 7-6 up after a forehand mistake from the Italian who made another mistake in the 14th point to hand the set to his rival who won five straight points! After a huge steal, Tomas held at love at the start of the second set and he never looked back, losing two points on serve in five games and creating three match points on the return at 5-2.


Marco saved them with some good hitting to bring the game home and reduce the deficit but that was all we saw from him, with Berdych hitting three winners in game nine for a hold at love and the place in the final, picking up a great result after such a long break and hoping for more of the same in the title match against Roberto Bautista Agut.





Tomas Berdych beats Marco Cecchinato to reach his second final in Doha


Tomas Berdych beat last year’s Roland Garros semifinalist Marco Cecchinato 7-6 (8-6) 6-3 in 1 hour and 29 minutes to reach the final at the Qatar Exxon Open in Doha. In Saturday’s final the 33-year-old Czech veteran will face Roberto Bautista Agut, who stunned Novak Djokovic in three sets.


Tomas Berdych has enjoyed a successful come-back after being sidelined for six months by a serious back injury. He has reached the 32nd final of his career and the 4th title match since 2015. He has become the lowest ranked player since Nicolas Escudé in 2004. Doha is Berdych’s first tournament since the Queen’s last June. Berdych dropped just 15 points in 11 service games and fended off two of the break points he faced.


In the first set Berdych fended off a break point in the fourth game with a service winner. Cecchinato broke serve in the sixth game to open up a 4-2 lead, when he forced an error from Berdych.


Berdych converted his fourth break-back point with a backhand return winner in the seventh game. Both players held their service games setting up a tie-break. Cecchinato got a mini-break in the tie-break after Berdych made a forehand error. Berdych saved two set points at 3-6 with two aces and won the next point with a volley winner. Berdych earned a set point at 7-6 after Cecchinato made a forehand mistake. The Czech player won his fifth consecutive point to win the tie-break 8-6 after another mistake from Cecchinato.


Berdych held serve at love before breaking serve at deuce in the second game to open up a 2-0 lead. He dropped two points on serve in five service games and earned three match points on return at 5-2. Cecchinato fended them off to hold serve at deuce for 3-5. Berdych held serve at love in the ninth game to reach his second final in Doha. Four years ago he finished runner-up to David Ferrer in his previous final at this tournament.


“I am not satisfied yet, because there is still one more to go. I did some very important decisions in the past six months, and so far all of them seems they were right. It is very early to judge I still have to be patient, even though the results are now clicking and it’s all going well. I really just need to stay very focused and hope to go all the way, because the season will be extremely long”, said Berdych.


Berdych leads 4-2 in his six head-to-head matches against Roberto Bautista Agut and won their most recent head-to-head match in five sets at the 2016 Australian Open.






QATAR EXXONMOBIL OPEN


January 4, 2019

Doha, Qatar

T. BERDYCH/M. Cecchinato

7-6(6), 6-3


Q. The key to the match today was the first set tie-breaker?

TOMAS BERDYCH: Yes, even though I was the first one who was the break down in the set, then I managed to come back and in the tie-break, yes, I was three set points down. I came back strongly with my good serve and then a very good volley, so, yeah, there was definitely the turning point of the whole match.


And I'm very pleased with that because I also managed to use that momentum of the situation for me.


Q. You were away from the game a few months last year. You must be satisfied with this that you did everything right. It's a good result to come here?


TOMAS BERDYCH: Not satisfied yet, because there is still one more to go, but potentially. So that's right now on the edge. But overall yes, I did some work, I did some very important decisions in last couple of, or last six months, and so far all of them seems they were right.


It is very early to judge. They still have to be very patient, even though the results right now are clicking and it's all going well, but I really just need to stay, you know, very focussed and hope to go all the way because the season and everything will be extremely long.


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TOP STORY Berdych: 'Defeating Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon was huge'

Posted on January 3, 2019 at 10:25 PM



 

Berdych: 'Defeating Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon was huge'


January 3, 2019


by LUIGI GATTO | Tennis World USA


In a conference call in Doha Tomas Berdych recalled his amazing 2010 Wimbledon run where he defeated Roger Federer in the quarter-finals and Novak Djokovic in the semifinals before losing to Rafael Nadal in a straight-set final.


Berdych said: 'There is plenty of good and great memories and even though it's now eight years since then, they still stay in my head because it's been so far my only Grand Slam final and, as you mentioned, beating Roger in that place and then Novak in the semifinal.


It was two huge matches for me. And then the experience of playing a Wimbledon final. That's really one of the dreams that you have when you start to play tennis. Unfortunately, I lost. But that day Rafa was just too good, so I have to give him all the credit.


I don't think I've done anything bad or anything that I would change, you know. Definitely, I would try to change to win, but realistically it was very difficult. But those memories from those two weeks are really strong for me.' Asked how many hours he trains a day, Berdych replied: 'When I was younger, I think it was a little bit more than now.


So, it was, I would say, like about four to five hours of tennis, plus some fitness. And now it's a little bit less because yes, I need to take care of my body a little bit more than I used to. And so I have to split my day a little bit more between the tennis practice, fitness practice and then also recovery.


So, now the tennis is around two, two-and-a-half hours, plus some fitness, so something around that.






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