|Posted on November 2, 2009 at 2:43 AM|
Tomas Berdych is back after a 2-week absence
Order of Play - Monday, November 2, 2009
Matches Start At: 11:00am
Igor ANDREEV (RUS)/Mikhail YOUZHNY (RUS) vs Pablo CUEVAS (URU)/Juan MONACO (ARG)
Albert MONTANES (ESP) vs Roberto BAUTISTA-AGUT (ESP)
Not Before 3:00 PM
Tomas BERDYCH (CZE) vs Paul-Henri MATHIEU (FRA)
Guillermo GARCIA-LOPEZ (ESP) vs Simon GREUL (GER)
Alejandro FALLA (COL) vs Nikolay DAVYDENKO (RUS)
HEAD TO HEAD
Tomas Berdych (CZE) vs Paul-Henri Mathieu (FRA) Berdych Leads 1-0
09 Wimbledon (Great Britain) Grass R64 Tomas Berdych 6-2 6-4 6-4
W: Munich (d Youzhny); QF: Washington (l Isner); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Cincinnati (l Nadal); Kuala Lumpur (l Soderling); Tokyo (l Youzhny)
YTD W-L: 34-23
YTD Titles: 1
Career Titles: 5
Date of Birth: September 17, 1985
South African Airways 2009 ATP Ranking: 19
• Berdych, 24, is making his first appearance in Valencia
• The No. 2 player from the Czech Republic (behind No. 14 Stepanek) enters with a 34-23 match record on the season (20-15 on hard)
• He has reached five ATP World Tour quarter-finals (or better) this season…In May, he captured his fifth career ATP World Tour title in Munich on clay (d. Youzhny)
• In September he helped his native country to its first Davis Cup final (vs. Spain) in 29 years by defeating Croatia in the semi-finals…He won the second rubber over Marin Cilic in five sets
F: Hamburg (l Davydenko); SF: Brisbane (l Verdasco); Metz (l Kohlschreiber); QF: Munich (l Youzhny)
YTD W-L: 28-27
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 4
Date of Birth: January 12, 1982
South African Airways 2009 ATP Ranking: 32
• Mathieu, 27, is also appearing in Valencia for the first time
• The Frenchman enters with a 28-27 match record on the season, including 16-15 on hard courts
• In July, he reached the final in Hamburg (l. to Davydenko)…He was the first Frenchman to reach the Hamburg final since Gasquet (l. to Federer) in 2005
• In the opening week of the season in Brisbane he advanced to the semi-finals (l. to Verdasco)…He also was a semi-finalist in Metz in late September (l. to Kohlschreiber)
• In 2008, finished in the Top 35 for the second straight year at No. 32 and reached a career-high No. 12 on April 7, 2008
Berdych easily advances at Valencia
Former world No. 9 Tomas Berdych advanced to the second round of the inaugural fall edition of the Valencia Open 500 on Monday, defeating Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu 6-3, 6-4.
Berdych, who has one Tour title to his credit this season (Munich), completely dominated the one hour 19 minute affair by winning 88 percent of his first serve points, while breaking Mathieu's serve on two of four occasions.
The powerful Czech, who will represent his country in the upcoming Davis Cup final in Spain, improved his year-to-date record to 34-23, while picking up his first ever win in Valencia.
The spectacular new Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias complex, which is hosting the event in Ágora building, provides natural lighting throughout its fin shaped roof. The 5,500 seat Center Court crowd remained in awe as they took in the Berdych-Mathieu match, while admiring the breathtaking surrounding architecture.
Tomas has won his opening match at the Valencia Open 500, defeating Frenchman Paul Henri Mathieu 6-3 6-4. Tomas fired 8 aces and saved 4 bp he faced, especially 2 in the last game when he was serving for the match. Congrats Tomas! It's nice to have you back in action.
Tomas Berdych reacts after winning a point against Paul-Henri Mathieu during the ATP 500 World Tour
Valencia Open tennis tournament at the Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias on November 2, 2009
in Valencia, Spain. Berdych won the match in two sets, 6-3 and 6-4.
Tomas ATP site Today *worship*
Berdych Makes Winning Debut Valencia, Spain
by ATP Staff | 02.11.2009Czech Tomas Berdych recorded his second win of the season over Paul-Henri Mathieu as he defeated the Frenchman 6-3, 6-4 Monday to reach the second round of the Valencia Open 500, an ATP World Tour 500 tennis tournament.World No. 19 Berdych, who also beat Mathieu in the second round at Wimbledon, saved all four break points he faced on serve, while capitalising on two of the four opportunities he created in the 79-minute clash.The 24-year-old Berdych is making his debut in Valencia and improved to a 35-23 mark on the season. The right-hander won his fifth ATP World Tour title at the BMW Open (d. Youzhny) in May and will represent his country in its first Davis Cup final (against Spain) in 29 years at the end of the year after contributing to a semi-final victory over Croatia in September.
Tomas Berdych beat Paul-Henri Mathieu of France 6-3, 6-4
in the hard-court tournament at the City of Arts and Sciences.
Berdych breezes into round 2. Berdych’s next rival: either Gilles Simon or Igor Kunitsyn.