|Posted on September 28, 2009 at 1:54 PM|
Tomas Berdych opens his campaign against Russian Igor Kunitsyn. "That is a tough match to start and that is all I am thinking about at the moment," said Berdych. "I am playing well after the Davis Cup but I will have to play like that again. We met once before and he beat me, which was in Moscow a few years ago (2004)."
Order of Play - Tuesday, September 29, 2009
CENTER COURT MatchesStart At: 11:30 AM
Feliciano LOPEZ (ESP) vs Martin VASSALLO ARGUELLO (ARG)
Jose ACASUSO (ARG) vs Rohan BOPANNA (IND)
Not Before 3:30 PM
Igor KUNITSYN (RUS) vs Tomas BERDYCH (CZE)
Not Before 5:30 PM
David FERRER (ESP) vs Mikhail YOUZHNY (RUS)
Lleyton HEWITT (AUS) vs Joachim JOHANSSON (SWE)
Andrey GOLUBEV (KAZ)/Denis ISTOMIN (UZB) vs Jose ACASUSO(ARG)/Fernando GONZALEZ (CHI)
Czech Republic's Tomas Berdych in action against Igor Kunitsyn of Russia
during the first round match at the Proton Malaysia Open at Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil, September 29, 2009.
Photo Credit: GLENN GUAN/The Star
On MP # 2 Tomas is through to second round in Kuakla Lumpur
Sixth seed Berdych books into Malaysian second round
AFP 29 September 2009
Czech sixth seed Tomas Berdych raced away to a fast start but had to re-establish control to post a 6-1, 3-6, 6-2 first-round win over Russian Igor Kunitsyn at the Malaysian Open on Tuesday.
Berdych, who led his nation into December's Davis Cup final against Spain as he clinched a five-set win over Croatia's Marin Cilic, needed 1 hour, 53 minutes to advance at the Putra stadium.
He broke five times while losing serve twice to the 46th-ranked challenger who beat him five years ago in Moscow and turns 28 on Wednesday.
Victory for 16th-ranked Berdych was his 29th of the season against 20 losses. He has claimed one title in 2009, winning Munich on clay.
Czech star Tomas Berdych survived a second set lapse but recovered to beat Igor Kunitsyn 6-1, 3-6, 6-2. "I started off very well but Igor is a good player and I think he played better in the second set," Berdych commented. "In the third set I found my game again and I am happy to have the win and still be in the tournament."
ATP News - Sept. 29, 2009
Berdych Passes Opening Test In Kuala Lumpur
Tomas Berdych, who recently led the Czech Republic to the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas final in December, advanced to the Proton Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur 2009 second round Tuesday, after knocking out Igor Kunitsyn of Russia 6-1, 3-6, 6-2 in one hour and 54 minutes. The inaugural indoor hard-court event is an ATP World Tour 250 tournament.
The sixth seed, who will next meet either Simon Greul or Christophe Rochus, dropped 18 points in the first set and converted five of nine break point opportunities in total. Berdych, who turned 24 on 17 September, captured the BMW Open title in Munich (d. Youzhny) and has a 29-20 match record on the 2009 ATP World Tour season.