|Posted on January 3, 2013 at 7:00 PM|
Ranked sixth on the ATP ladder, Berdych comes into Chennai having played in the Abu Dhabi exhibition and having been part of the victorious Czech Davis Cup campaign.
H2H Tomas Berdych vs Somdev Devvarman
Tomas Berdych 'careful' ahead of clash against Somdev DevvarmanTHE TIMES OF INDIA | January 2, 2013
CHENNAI: World number six and top seed Tomas Berdych on Wednesday gave Somdev Devvarman due respect and said he is "careful" ahead of his second-round match against the Indian in the Chennai Open on Thursday.
"He is playing at home but I will try to stick to my plan and try my best. I am meeting him for the first time so I will be careful from the first point and stay focused through the match," Berdych said ahead of the match against Devvarman, a finalist in 2009.
"These days players do not bother whether you have won Davis Cup or not. It is going to be the same tomorrow. I always strive to win till the last point of match," he added.
A finalist in 2010 Wimbledon, Berdych, whose phenomenal performance helped Czec Republic win the Hopman Cup, Fed Cup and Davis Cup last year, said that his goal for this season is to do well in the Grand Slams.
"At the beginning of a new season, I always work on my fitness and try to keep my body injury free. My performances last year were good. For this season, I will try to get some good results in Grand Slams."
The hard-hitting Berdych, who is stuck on the number six ranking for a couple of years now, said: "Players ahead of me are extremely tough. David Ferrer, who is ranked just above me, is also playing extremely well.
"But during the off season there was time for some rest. So I have done everything in terms of keeping myself fit and I was busy with workouts. I would try to move higher in rankings in the new season. I am well prepared for the season both mentally and physically."
The Czech stressed that there were some areas in his game which needed improvements.
"It is basically working on small things, mental preparation and a bit of luck. Small changes lead to big wins."
On shortening the number of tournaments by ATP, Berdych said: "It is tough to say. The higher seeds will be under pressure as players ranked low want to stay with the current format. The pressure is on the big players. They are forced to play in more tournaments.
Order of Play - Thursday, January 3, 2013
CENTRE COURT - Matches Start At: 5.00 pm
Marin CILIC (CRO) vs Sergiy STAKHOVSKY (UKR)
Tomas BERDYCH (CZE) vs Somdev DEVVARMAN (IND)
Rohan BOPANNA (IND) Rajeev RAM (USA) vs Benoit PAIRE (FRA) Stanislas WAWRINKA (SUI)
Mahesh BHUPATHI (IND) Daniel NESTOR (CAN) vs Raven KLAASEN (RSA) Nicholas MONROE (USA)
World No. 6 Berdych of Czech Republic takes on local favorite Somdev Devvarman for the first time. Both players are wild card entries. Berdych made his previous appearance here two years ago and reached the semi-finals (l. to Wawrinka). The 27-year-old is coming off his third straight Top 10 finish and he led his country to the Davis Cup title over Spain (3-2). He won two ATP World Tour titles (Montpellier, Stockholm) and reached the semi-finals at the US Open (d. Federer, l. to Murray). Devvarman, who finished runner-up in 2009 (l. to Cilic), jumped off to a strong start with a straight-sets win over Jan Hajek on Tuesday. He has reached six career ATP World Tour quarter-finals,the last in Atlanta in 2011. He has a 0-5 career mark against Top 10 opponents.
(1-WC)Tomas Berdych (CZE) vs (WC) Somdev Devvarman (IND) First Meeting
W(2): Montpellier (d Monfils); Stockholm (d Tsonga); F: ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid (l Federer); Winston-Salem (l Isner); SF: Rotterdam (l Del Potro); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Monte Carlo (l Djokovic); US Open (l Murray); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Shanghai (l Djokovic); QF: Australian Open (l Nadal); Dubai (l Murray); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Rome (l Nadal); Halle (l Haas); Tokyo (l Nishikori); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Paris (l Simon)
YTD W-L: 61-23
YTD Titles: 2/Career Titles: 8
Date of Birth: September 17, 1985
Emirates ATP Ranking: 6
• Berdych, 27, playing in Chennai for the second time (3-1 record) and in his previous visit two years ago, reached the semi-finals ( l. to Wawrinka)
• Last year was QF or better 13 times on ATP World Tour with two titles (for first time in career)
• Became first Czech Republic native with three straight Top 10 seasons since Ivan Lendl had 13 in a row (1980-92). Also first Czech to win 60 or more matches since Petr Korda (61) in 1992
• Won indoor titles in Montpellier (d. Monfils) and Stockholm (d. Tsonga) with finals at ATP Masters 1000 Madrid to Federer) and Winston-Salem (I. to Isner, held three MPs)
• Reached QF or better14 times, and did so five times in ATP Masters 1000 play with 19-9 record in those events
• Led Czech Republic to first Davis Cup title since 1980, putting together records of 6-1 in singles and 4-0 in doubles (w/Stepanek). Defeated Spain 3-2 in Prague in final
• Reached SF at US Open (d. No.1 Federer in QF, I. to Murray) and QF at Australian Open (l. to Nadal)
• Compiled records of 41-15 on hard courts (18-5 indoor), 19-5 on clay and 1-3 on grass. Went 7-14 vs. Top 10 opponents
YTD W-L: 0-1
YTD Titles: 0/Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: February 13, 1985
Emirates ATP Ranking: 656 (year-end), 664 (this week)
• Devvarman, 27, improved his career Chennai record to 5-2 with a 63 63 win on Tuesday over Jan Hajek of the Czech Republic. He Is playing in Chennai for the third time and is looking to reach the QF for a second time. He was runner-up in 2009 (l. to Cilic) in first career ATP World Tour final. He lost to Tipsarevic in the 2R in last outing in ‘10
• Missed nearly seven months of last year due to a shoulder injury, returning for London Olympics on July 30. Lost to Nieminen in 1R; went 0-3 on ATP World Tour; with best result reaching QF at Challenger in Charlottesville, where he attended Univ of Virginia (l. to Kudla)
• In 2011 won a personal-best 20 matches, finished in Top 100 for first time at No. 84, with a career-high of No. 62 in July, highlighted by reaching his second career ATP World Tour final in Johannesburg (l. to Anderson) in February
• In November 2010, became the first player since Japan's Toshiro Sakai to win singles and doubles gold medals at the Asian Games
• Attended the University of Virginia from 2005-2008 and captured NCAA singles title in back-to-back seasons in 2007 (d. Georgia's John Isner) and 2008 (d. Tennessee's J.P. Smith) and All-American honors both times
• Has an 0-5 career record vs. Top 10 opponents
Berdych wins season-opener in India
BERDYCH STRONG IN CHENNAI OPENER
by ATP Staff | 03.01.2013
World No. 6 Tomas Berdych made a strong season debut on Thursday, cruising past Somdev Devvarman 6-3, 6-1 in the second round of the Aircel Chennai Open.
In a first-time meeting between two wild cards, Berdych was never troubled against the home favourite. The Czech won 82 percent of his service points and did not face a break point. He converted four of his nine break points to advance in 65 minutes.
Berdych is coming off his third consecutive finish inside the Top 10 of the Emirates ATP Rankings. He led his country to the Davis Cup crown, captured two tour-level titles and reached the US Open semi-finals in 2012. He will play Roberto Bautista Agut in the quarter-finals. The Spaniard beat Matthias Bachinger 7-6(4), 6-3.
What Tomas said: "The first match of the year is always difficult. I wanted to win from the first ball, which I did. I played solid, I am satisfied with it, but in the next match I expect a tougher opponent and I need to show more"
ATP Homepage of Thursday, January 3, 2013