|Posted on January 11, 2012 at 1:10 PM|
Order of Play - Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Match Start At 11:00 am
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) vs Jurgen Melzer (AUT)
Bernard Tomic (AUS) vs Tomas Berdych (CZE)
Mardy Fish (USA) v Milos Raonic (CAN)
Gael Monfils (FRA) vs Andy Roddick (USA)
All the results:
Jürgen Melzer (AUT) def. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) 6-4, 6-3
Bernard Tomic (AUS) def. Tomas Berdych (CZE) 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
Mardy Fish (USA) def. Milos Raonic (CAN) 6-1, 6-2
Gaël Monfils (FRA) def. Andy Roddick (USA) 7-6 (7/2), 7-6 (7/3)
Bernard Tomic breezes past Tomas Berdych in atrocious conditions at AAMI Classic
• Bruce Matthews
• From: Herald Sun
• January 11, 2012
While Tomic conceded "it's not really tennis" in such conditions, he used those sliced ground strokes to maintain enough control to outstay the Czech Republic's Hopman Cup hero Tomas Berdych in the AAMI Classic's opening round.
The Australian teenager's 4-6 6-3 6-4 victory against the world No.7 was crafted on patience.
In his own words, the simple "whoever keeps the ball in the court wins the point" strategy to counter the tricky winds swirling around the old concrete stadium.
"He's a world-class player, but even how good you are, when it's windy it doesn't really matter," Tomic said.
"You've just got to keep slicing and keeping the ball in the court if you have your chance because anything can happen.
"He plays very fast and hits the ball one of the hardest on the tour. I think I had a good game to play him because when he hit it hard, I hit it soft and slow and low. He likes the ball to be a bit up higher."
Aside from another top-10 scalp helping tune Tomic for next week's Australian Open, it fuelled the self-belief that he can match it with the best and push higher than his current 37 ranking.
Tomic will next play Gael Monfils after the 15th-ranked Frenchman beat American Andy Roddick 7-6 (7-2) 7-6 (7-3).
Tomas Berdych plays backhand during his match against Bernard Tomic of Australia during day one of the AAMI Classic at Kooyong on January 11, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia.
Challenging Conditions on Day 1 at Kooyong
After a rain delay and in some of the windiest conditions ever experienced at Kooyong, play got under way on day one of the 2012 AAMI Classic around 1.00 pm. JO-WILFRIED TSONGA (FRA) was first-up against JURGEN MELZER (AUT). Melzer was too good for a jet-lagged Tsonga, winning 6/4 6/3. Tsonga had arrived late from his Doha victory and struggled with the prevailing winds. Melzer had a back injury last year causing him to drop in the rankings. “I’m feeling fine and have been practising five hours a day. I’m happy with the way it is” he said after the match.
In the second match of the day, Australia’s top ranked player, BERNARD TOMIC showed good form going into the Open by beating world no. 7 TOMAS BERDYCH (CZE) 4/6, 6/3 6/4. When asked how important it was to win these types of matches, Tomic said “Yeah. I mean, I like to win as much as I can. Even being in this tournament, this is one of the most serious exhibitions there is. I work on my things as well and you can only learn and get confidence if you win a few matches under your belt”.
MARDY FISH (USA) had an easy win over a weary MILOS RAONIC (CAN) – 6/1 6/2, who later withdrew from the event with an upset stomach. “It’s been a long time since I’ve really felt 100% healthy, which I do now. And now I just need the matches and I need to get going again” Fish said in his after-match media conference.
In the last match of the day GAEL MONFILS (FRA) defeated American ANDY RODDICK 7/6 (2) 7/6 (3) in an entertaining match which provided great preparation for the Australian Open for both players.
Tomorrow’s schedule starting at 11.00 am sees JO-WILFRIED TSONGA take on Japanese sensation, KEI NISHIKORI, who replaces MILOS RAONIC. BERNARD TOMIC meets GAEL MONFILS in the second match and ANDY RODDICK is up against TOMAS BERDYCH in the last match of the day.
Top male players are using the round-robin Kooyong Classic as a warm-up event for the Australia Open which begins on January 16.
AAMI Classic Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club
Questions for Tomas Berdych
January 11, 2012
Q It was a tough day in the - in the wind. How did you feel - how did you feel that sort of affected the whole occasion?
A Yeah, well, I think it was just probably so far the worst conditions I ever played. Allowing the wind conditions and, yeah, I mean it's just the way of getting - or try to getting used to that a little bit. Not to - not to lose the rhythm. What I had in the last - last week and just, you know, just to have a one match and start slowing outside and just having it as a preparation.
Q It seems as if Tomic's gained a little (indistinct) and the sort of lower ball toss (indistinct) can say?
A Well, yeah, could be. Definitely for the ball toss, first serve, could be his advantage a little bit but, yeah, I mean I think it was just - there was a - the first set was squared so it - I would say and then was just about few points but I don't think that the score today was that much important. I think it was just more about to really try to get used to that. Have some matches and have a good preparation for - for Aussie Open.
Q Where do you assess Bernard Tomic's game? I know he's only very young, but where you sort of see him and his development in the game?
A Well, yeah, I saw him play last year in Wimbledon and I think he's - he has definitely the game to - to make some damage, to play really good tennis and - yeah. Probably I'm not the - not the best one who can predict someone's game and someone's career but, yeah, I think he has definitely - it's going to be the positions like for a top ten and then just depends what's - what's going to be next and what's - how he's going to work. How he's going to have some luck, injury free and many things.
Q Did you expect the way (indistinct) to the economy (indistinct) matters?
A Well, the reason was quite simple because as long as I had a pretty - pretty long season last year and went into a number - many matches and especially the end of the year was very tough. When I get this chance to start the year a bit slower then - then just go to Australia again for a next tournament. I mean just that would be really too much and during those two weeks in Perth and here I want to what I'm doing - my preparation for the season as well. So that's why because I didn't have much time after the season to do that, so want to have this - this kind of start of the year.
Q (Indistinct) thank you very much