|Posted on September 30, 2009 at 5:55 AM|
On Tuesday Tomas reached the second round of the Malaysian Open by beating Igor Kunitsyn of Russia in three sets. He will meet Simon Greul of Germany in the second round. They have played against each other once before on hardcourt in Mumbai, India in 2006. Tomas won in two sets.
Tomas Berdych and Simon Greul pose before their second-round match
Order of Play - Thursday, October 1, 2009
CENTER COURT Matches Start At: 11:30 AM
Mariusz FYRSTENBERG (POL)/Marcin MATKOWSKI (POL) vs Andrey GOLUBEV (KAZ)/Denis ISTOMIN (UZB)
Simon GREUL (GER) vs Tomas BERDYCH (CZE)
Martin VASSALLO ARGUELLO (ARG) vs Gael MONFILS (FRA)
Joachim JOHANSSON (SWE) vs Richard GASQUET (FRA)
Not Before 5:45 PM
Rohan BOPANNA (IND) vs Fernando GONZALEZ (CHI)
Karol BECK (SVK) vs Fernando VERDASCO (ESP)
Tomas Berdych cruised into the quarter-finals of the Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur.
It was his 30th match win of the season! Bravo Tomas. Good job. Keep it up!
Proton Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur 2009
BERDYCH MADE TO WORK HARD FOR QF SPOT
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia by ATP Staff | 01.10.2009
Sixth seed Tomas Berdych was made to work hard for his place in the quarter-finals of the inaugural Proton Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur 2009, battling past German Simon Greul 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 Thursday at the ATP World Tour 250 indoor hard-court tennis tournament.
The Czech player served for the match at 5-1 in the deciding set, but was pegged back by the resilient Greul before succeeding at the second opportunity to serve for victory after two hours and seven minutes. Berdych broke serve four times from nine opportunities in the pair's second meeting and fired nine aces. He also won the first time they met, three years ago in Mumbai.
"I think I played better today than in the first round. I hope I can bring this level or even better in the next round. It is important to keep the consistency in the first matches of the tournament," said Berdych.
Victory marked Berdych's 30th match win of the season and secured his place in a fourth ATP World Tour quarter-final. The No. 16-ranked Berdych won his fifth ATP World Tour title at the BMW Open (d. Youzhny) and posted quarter-final efforts at the Legg Mason Tennis Classic (l. to Isner) and the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters (l. to Nadal).
Berdych next will face third seed and Roland Garros finalist Robin Soderling, against whom he has a 2-3 record. "I will try to play my best tennis, serve well," commented Berdych, looking ahead to the quarter-final match. "I will look for chances to break his serve. He is a very good player, especially indoors, so I will have to play my best."
Czech Republic's Tomas Berdych in action against Simon Greul of Germany during
the second round match at the Proton Malaysia Open at Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil, October 1, 2009.
Photo Credit: GLENN GUAN/The Star
Berdych Advances To Quarters
Sixth seed Tomas Berdych survived a second set lapse to overcome a tenacious Simon Greul of Germany. In two hours seven minutes the Czech eventually advanced 6-3, 4-6, 6-3. For Berdych it is quarterfinal number four for the year.
"I already won two matches here and I'm happy because I played better in this one than the one before," Berdych said. "I hope that I can continue to bring my game to a higher level."
"I realize the importance of winning consistently and I'm happy that I've managed to do that against my opponents who are both ranked lower than me."
Berdych will now face the French Open finalist and world number eleven Robin Soderling, so remaining consistent will be very important.
"Now the tournament really starts," he added laughing. "I know that Soderling serves great, especially indoors like in this tournament, so I will have to take the first chance that I have to break. That was what I did in the first set today, when Greul double-faulted twice, and just that one break took care of that set for me"
"I'm not looking for any special techniques or change anything. I will just play my best game and serve well. The match will probably be decided by one or two small chances and whoever takes them will win."