|Posted on February 28, 2012 at 4:15 PM|
Berdych is bracing for a tough outing at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship
Dubai: Czech Karel Novacek won the first ever Dubai Men's Open, as it was called then, back in 1993. Now 20 years on, another Czech is looking forward to repeating that feat. But given how crowded it is at the top of the men's game right now World No 7 Tomas Berdych believes it would take an exceptional run of form to break the domination of the top three - top four according to him - and an even more exceptional run of good fortune to win a Grand Slam title or even the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship for that matter.
The 26-year-old, who lists Dubai as one of his favourite tournaments, made it to the semis here last year, before having to pull out with injury. And he believes winning the title here would be as difficult as trying to win a Grand Slam title given it features Djokovic, Federer and Murray, besides Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Del Potro as well.
"I love the Dubai tournament. The place makes it really special. There are not many places where you can play tennis in the desert. The tournament is really well prepared and we always get great hospitality. They like to take care of the players and that's very important. That's why I always like to come back here. Having such nice weather is a nice bonus," he said, adding: "Last year was quite sad, still semis was a very solid result. Actually, as I saw the list of players playing in the tournament this year, it makes it really strong and a really tough one. My aim will be to try to improve and play my best tennis and take it step by step and not look too far ahead."
H2H Tomas Berdych vs Benjamin Becker
Order of Play - Tuesday, February 28, 2012
COURT 1 - Starting At: 12:00 noon
Jonathan ERLICH (ISR)/Andy RAM (ISR) vs Scott LIPSKY (USA)/Rajeev RAM (USA)
Not Before 2:00 PM
Nikolay DAVYDENKO (RUS) vs Marco CHIUDINELLI (SUI)
Igor KUNITSYN (RUS) vs Janko TIPSAREVIC (SRB)
Not Before 4:00 PM
Benjamin BECKER (GER) vs Tomas BERDYCH (CZE)
Nicolas MAHUT (FRA) vs Feliciano LOPEZ (ESP)
easy win... la routine
by Kate Flory | 28.02.2012
Berdych Cruises Past Becker
Fifth seed Tomas Berdych improved to 5-1 lifetime against Benjamin Becker of Germany 6-2, 6-2. Berdych, who reached the semi-finals last year (l. to Djokovic), hit 10 aces and won 72 per cent of his service points for victory in 67 minutes.