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2014 Wimbledon Round 2: Tomas Berdych vs Bernard Tomic

Posted on June 25, 2014 at 12:25 AM

 

Bernard Tomic is currently #59 of the ATP Tour while Tomas Berdych is currently #6. Bernard Tomic should head with a lot of confidence in todays game. He is coming off wins over Gasquet (3-1). Blake (3-0) and Querrey (3-2) and therefore he has already beaten some quality players. Tomas Berdych on the other hand is coming off straight set wins against Klizian and Brands while he managed to beat Anderson (3-1) in his most previous match.

 

 




Bernard Tomic is currently #59 of the ATP Tour while Tomas Berdych is currently #6. Bernard Tomic should head with a lot of confidence in todays game. He is coming off wins over Gasquet (3-1). Blake (3-0) and Querrey (3-2) and therefore he has already beaten some quality players. Tomas Berdych on the other hand is coming off straight set wins against Klizian and Brands while he managed to beat Anderson (3-1) in his most previous match.




H2H Tomas Berdych vs Bernard Tomic






Bernard Tomic says attack only way to beat Tomas Berdych at Wimbledon


A MEASURED approach has helped Bernard Tomic get his season back on track but the Australian sees all-out attack as his only option against Tomas Berdych at Wimbledon.


Tomic passed his first test at this year’s grass court grand slam with flying colours in a convincing 6-4 6-3 6-2 win over 114th-ranked Russian Evgeny Donskoy on Monday.


It continued an encouraging return to form but the 21-year-old faces a steep rise in class when he meets sixth-seeded Czech Berdych tonight.


Tomic’s ranking has plummeted to No 86 after struggling to regain his form since double hip surgery in February and only a repeat of his run to the fourth round last year will prevent him dropping out of the top 100.


That will require what would seem an unlikely victory over Berdych, the man who stopped him at the All England Club last year, but Tomic plans to come out swinging.


“I need to play the right tennis and not play too defensive,” said Tomic, feeling he’d been too passive at times in recent matches.


“He’s a good player and he’s going to take it to me if I play too defensive on those big points.


“I feel that first set is very important to get on top of him ... because he’s a good frontrunner.


“I really need to put pressure on him early, then everything can change.”


Berdych opened with a 6-7 (7-5) 6-1 6-4 6-3 win over Romanian Victor Hanescu on Monday.


Regardless of how he fares against the big Czech, Tomic is confident he is heading in the right direction after surgery halted his progress.


“It’s not easy (to come back from) but I think I’ve done pretty well,” he said.


“Now I’m at my favourite tournament, I managed to win the first round and now I’m playing against a tough player.


“But everything is possible on these courts for me.”

 









Order of Play - Wednesday, June 25, 2014









Tomas Berdych waves after defeating Bernard Tomic of Australia in their men's singles tennis match at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London June 25, 2014. Berdych won 4-6, 7-6(5), 7-6(3), 6-1.





Tomas Berdych made to work hard by Bernard Tomic


by Ron Atkin


Wednesday 25 June 2014 | Official website Wimbledon


The sixth-seeded Tomas Berdych, suffering a wrist strain following a fall in his first round match, overcame what he called “the discomfort” and an extremely dogged opponent to march into the last 32 of the gentlemen’s singles.


In a match of brilliant serving and brutal hitting the Czech outlasted Australia’s Bernard Tomic 4-6, 7-6(5), 7-6(3), 6-1 in two and a half hours on No.1 Court, with Tomic rendering his world ranking of No. 86 nonsense with the excellence of his serving and the manner in which he extended a former Wimbledon finalist before running out of energy in a one-sided fourth set.


Berdych managed to make light of his wrist problems until late in the third set when he called for medical advice, and a pain-killing pill, before getting back on his feet, saving a couple of break points to force the second tie-break of the match and accelerating away to a victory that was virtually a repeat of the only previous meeting between these two, also a four-setter containing two tie-breaks, in the fourth round of last year’s Wimbledon.


Tomic was a Wimbledon quarter-finalist as an 18-year-old qualifier in 2011 and a year later had shot up to No.27 in the world rankings. Times have been bleak lately, however, so the positive and attractive way he played was a revelation – and probably an unwelcome surprise to Berdych, who was probably hoping his wrist would not have to undergo such a rigorous test.


The Czech was clearly taken aback by dropping serve as early as the fifth game of the opening set when he steered a cross-court backhand just wide. It was the Australian’s lone break point of the set, which he went on to capture in 34 minutes.


Thereafter, break points were as rare as a Berdych smile as these two battered the ball back and forth. Shorter rallies tended to suit Tomic more; in the extended exchanges Berdych’s greater expertise usually proved decisive.


Tomic managed to fend off a couple of set points at 4-5 in the second set but Berdych tipped the tie-break his way with a brace of aces and won it with the most delicate cross-court forehand.


The fierce pace began to take its toll in the third set. In the case of Tomic, it was physical, while Berdych’s anxiety was mainly with the line-calling and the decisions that so frequently went against him. He even railed a couple of times against the Hawk-Eye verdicts, but when a set devoid of break points went into the tie-break it was Berdych who pulled away confidently.


The loss of that second tie-break left Tomic dejected, deflated, devoid of energy and, he revealed later, suffering a suspected repeat flare-up of the hip problem that required surgery last January. It was over in 21 minutes and having hammered down 25 aces and struck 68 clean winners Berdych even managed to treat the audience to a victory smile. He also paid full tribute to his opponent: “He’s a dangerous player on grass so you need to stay really close with him and be patient. He played three great sets but then just completely went down, and that was it.”






 


Score and Stats - Tomas Berdych def. Bernard Tomic R2 Wimbledon 2014







 
 
 

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John Tomic father of Bernard Tomic watches his Gentlemen's Singles second round match against Tomas Berdych on day three of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 





Tomas gets medical attention for his wrist


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Tomas slips over during a point


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