|Posted on March 23, 2012 at 4:00 PM|
Tomas opens after a bye with a Friday match against Frenchman Nicolas Mahut who beat Fernando Gonzalez.The Chilean was playing the final match of his career.
France's Nicolas Mahut, left, hugs Chiles's Fernando Gonzalez after defeating Gonzalez 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (3) at the Sony Ericsson Open tennis tournament, Wednesday, March 21, 2012, in Key Biscayne, Fla.
Chilean Gonzalez plays last match of career
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- Down to the final seconds of his playing days, former Australian Open finalist Fernando Gonzalez gave it is all before calling it a career after 13 years.
The Chilean hung on as long as he could before coming up just short against Nicolas Mahut 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (3) at the Sony Ericsson Open on Wednesday night.
Gonzalez says he would like to be remembered as someone who gave "100 percent every single time when he went to the court. And, of course, I think is much better to remember as a person than as a tennis player."
Gonzalez was only able to play four tournaments last year after undergoing right hip surgery in Oct. 2010. His best 2011 result was reaching the third round at Wimbledon.
He reached the 2007 Australian Open final, won 11 career singles titles, the 2004 Olympic gold medal in doubles and bronze medal in singles, along with a silver in singles in 2008.
H2H Tomas Berdych vs Nicolas Mahut
Order of Play – Friday, March 23, 2012
GRANDSTAND - Starting At: 11:00 am
Roberto BAUTISTA-AGUT (ESP) vs Gilles SIMON (FRA)
David NALBANDIAN (ARG) vs Janko TIPSAREVIC (SRB)
WTA - Madison KEYS (USA) vs Agnieszka RADWANSKA (POL)
WTA - Francesca SCHIAVONE (ITA) vs Ksenia PERVAK (KAZ)
Not Before 5:00 PM
Tomas BERDYCH (CZE) vs Nicolas MAHUT (FRA)
Marcos BAGHDATIS (CYP)/Sam QUERREY (USA) vs Leander PAES (IND)/Radek STEPANEK (CZE)