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2012 Australian Open Round 2: Tomas Berdych vs Olivier Rochus

Posted on January 18, 2012 at 11:00 AM




Order of Play - Wednesday, January 18, 2012

 


Hisense Arena - Match Start At 11:00 AM

 


Men's Singles - 2nd Round

Tomas Berdych (CZE) [7] vs Olivier Rochus (BEL)


Women's Singles - 2nd Round

Kai-Chen Chang (TPE) vs Jelena Jankovic  (SRB) [13]

 

Women's Singles - 2nd Round

Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) [1] vs  Anna Tatishvili (GEO)


Men's Singles - 2nd Round

Andreas Beck (GER) vs Roger Federer (SUI) [3]

 

 

 
 
 

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H2H Tomas Berdych / Olvier Rochus

 
 
 
 



PREVIEW


Berdych and Rochus are set for their seventh career meeting at the ATP level on Wednesday at the Australian Open. Although Berdych leads the head-to-head series 4-2, Rochus won their only hard-court clash at the 2005 Madrid Masters. They most recently squared off on the clay courts of of Monte-Carlo last spring, when Berdych cruised 6-2, 6-3.


Rochus is in stellar form at the moment. The 5'6'' Belgian finished runner-up to David Ferrer last week in Auckland and he dismantled Bjorn Phau in straight sets on Monday. Berdych went into Melbourne with minor shoulder concerns, but he got past Albert Ramos in a four-setter in his opener. This will be tricky for the seventh-ranked Czech, but he should get the job done in four.








Tomas Berdych serves during his men's singles match against Olivier Rochus

 

 


 

 
 

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No Trouble for Berdych. He advances to Round 3

 
 
 



Berdych into third round of Aus Open


Wednesday, January 18, 2012


Seventh-seeded Czech Tomas Berdych has reached the third round of the Australian Open with a straight-sets win over Olivier Rochus.


Berdych powered past the Belgian 6-1 6-0 7-6 (7-4) to book a date on Friday with South African Kevin Anderson who beat Ukraine's Sergiy Stakhovsky.




 


 




 





Tomas Berdych smiles during his men's singles match against Belgium's Olivier Rochus on the third day of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 18, 2012. Berdych won 6-1. 6-0. 7-6.









BERDYCH OUSTS ROCHUS


by ATP Staff | 18.01.2012


World No. 7 Tomas Berdych completed a 6-1, 6-0, 7-6(4) win over recent Auckland finalist Olivier Rochus in his second-round match, as he won 91 per cent of his first serve points and broke Rochus five times from eight opportunities.


Berdych, a quarter-finalist last year in Melbourne, will next play 30th-seeded South African Kevin Anderson, who advanced to the Australian Open third round for the first time with a 3-6, 6-1, 7-6(3), 6-3 victory over Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky.

 

 

















MATCH REPORT


By Alexander Tyson (bettor)


Tomas Berdych disposes of Olivier Rochus to reach the third round draw


Seventh seed Czech competitor, Tomas Berdych, faced limited difficulties in dumping the 54th ranked Belgian, Olivier Rochus, in the second round of the Australian Open on Wednesday. The world number seven needed just one hour and 54 minutes to wrap up victory in straight sets, 6-1, 6-0, 7-6(4).


Rochus completely failed to put up any serious fight in the opening two sets and could barely win one out of 13 games being played. He lifted up his game in the third set to show some resilience to the world number seven but it wasn’t sufficient to contain the fury of Berdych.


The Czech number one had an ordinary serve accuracy of 58 percent in the match but he seized 41 out of 45 first serve points to get the better of his bleak opponent. Berdych converted five out of eight break points in the contest, whereas Rochus utterly not came up to scratch a single serve break in the entire matchup.


Rochus just held his opening serve of the game before Berdych shifted to his rage mode. The seventh seed went on for an 11-game killing rampage to seal the opening two sets in almost an hour. The unseeded Belgian was a mere spectator, watching thumping strokes from his opponent’s racquet landing on all the corners of the courts and passing him by.


Berdych faced some resistance in the third set, with Rochus finally holding on to his serves. A tie-breaker round came into play but Rochus crumbled under pressure to let Berdych triumph at 7-6(4).


Berdych kept on his winning streak against the 31-year-old Belgian veteran, extending his lead to 5-2 in the all-time head-to-head combats. He last defeated Rochus at the Monte Carlo Masters in 2011 and recorded his fifth straight victory over him on Wednesday.


The seventh seed will next face South Africa’s number one tennis player, Kevin Anderson, for a place in the round of 16 at the Australian Open. 30th seed Anderson registered a 3-6, 6-1, 7-6(3), 6-3 win over the unseeded Ukrainian, Sergiy Stakhovsky, in the second round battle of the tournament on Wednesday.






 
 
 

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Berdych Through to Round 3

 
 
 
 









 

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