|Posted on May 21, 2012 at 4:45 PM|
H2H Tomas Berdych vs Andy Roddick
Order of Play - Tuesday, May 22, 2012
CENTER COURT 1 - Matches Start At: 1:00 pm
Florian MAYER (GER) vs Florian MAYER (GER)
Tomas BERDYCH (CZE) vs Andy RODDICK (USA)
Janko TIPSAREVIC (SRB) vs Alex BOGOMOLOV JR. (RUS)
Radek STEPANEK (CZE) vs Radek STEPANEK (CZE)
Berdych blows Roddick away
World No. 7 Tomas Berdych maintained his good form, defeating American Andy Roddick 6-1, 6-2 in just 61 minutes. The Czech player earned his country a 1-0 lead in this Red Group clash as he hit 12 aces and broke serve four times from five opportunities.
The 26-year-old Berdych has a 14-4 record in Dusseldorf and helped the Czech Republic to the final in 2007 (l. to Argentina). He came into the team competition on the back of a runner-up showing in Madrid (l. to Federer) and a quarter-final effort in Rome (l. to Nadal).
ATP Homepage of Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Berdych blows past Roddick in Dusseldorf
22 May 2012
ATP No 7 Tomas Berdych handed American Andy Roddick a second heavy loss in the French Open tune-up week, with the Czech putting his nation into early command over the United States on Tuesday at the World Team Cup.
Teammate Radek Stepanek finished the job 6-2, 6-1 over James Blake for an unbeatable lead as the four-time champion Americans sunk into a 2-0 deficit which guarantees the Czech a second victory from as many ties.
Berdych, a 2010 Roland Garros semifinalist and runner-up this month to Roger Federer in Madrid, demolished the match-short American 6-1, 6-2 in 61 minutes, hammering 11 aces.
"I had very good preparation for this clay season," said Berdych, who said that losing last March in the Miami third round gave him extra weeks to prepare for the clay.
"I'm here to help the team try and win. We need at least two points. The goal is to be ready to play matches here and to win them. It's not yet time to think of the French Open."
Roddick, a former No 1 now ranked 29th, is playing for the first time in nearly two months after a hip injury and has won just seven games in two matches this week at the Rochusclub.
The eight-nation round-robin event is the final practice for Paris, which begins on Sunday, and comprises Roddick's only chance to get acclimated to a surface where he has never done well.
Berdych, by contrast is humming along this dirt season and heading to the major on form.
The big Czech lifted the opening set in 28 minutes and took only slightly longer for the second. Teammate Radek Stepanek could give the Europeans an unbeatable lead in the Red Group tie as he plays James Blake, which would put them in good stead after beating Japan 2-1.
The winners of the two groups qualify for Saturday's final, played the day before the start of Roland Garros.
Berdych closed his gap with Roddick to 5-6 after winning their last two matches, including in Miami in March before Roddick was injured again.