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2013 Australian Open Round 1: Tomas Berdych vs Michael Russel

Posted on January 14, 2013 at 1:00 PM


 
 
 

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H2H Tomas Berdych vs Michael Russel

 
 
 

 
 

Order of Play – Monday, January 14, 2013


Court 2 – Matches Start At: 11.00 am


Women's Singles - 1st Round

Julia Goerges (GER) [18] vs Vera Dushevina (RUS)  


Men's Singles - 1st Round

Michael Russell (USA) vs Tomas Berdych (CZE) [5]


Women's Singles - 1st Round

Angelique Kerber (GER) [5] vs Elina Svitolina (UKR)


Men's Singles - 1st Round

Juan Monaco (ARG) [11] vs Andrey Kuznetsov (RUS)


 



 
 
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Tomas Berdych advances at Michael Russell's expense





 







 
 

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Fifth seed Tomas Berdych advances to the second round of the Australian Open.

 
 
 
 
 

 














 

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AUSTRALIAN OPEN 2013


BERDYCH MAKES CONFIDENT MELBOURNE START


Melbourne, Australia


by ATP Staff| 14.01.2013


World No. 6 Tomas Berdych made a confident start at the Australian Open on Monday, as he defeated Michael Russell 6-3, 7-5, 6-3 to move through to the second round.


Seeded fifth, Berdych converted six breaks of serve and won 18 of his 26 net points. He locked up the first-round encounter in two hours and 11 minutes.


“He's a really tough opponent, especially for the conditions today,” said Berdych. “I was able to get [a] rhythm to play for the three sets. Not [staying] on court that long [was] also a positive, especially to be able to save some energy from the beginning.”


Berdych finished inside the Top 10 of the year-end Emirates ATP Rankings for the third straight season in 2012 and led the Czech Republic to the Davis Cup title. He reached the quarter-finals in Melbourne last year.

 

 



 

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Tomas Berdych beats Michael Russell to go into 2nd round of Australian Open













 

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Berdych packs a punch


Monday, 14 January, 2013


By James Hunter-Smith (Australian Open official website)


World No.6 Tomas Berdych had few troubles advancing to the second round of Australian Open 2013, downing American journeyman Michael Russell 6-3 7-5 6-3 on Monday.


Berdych, who is making his 10th consecutive appearance at Melbourne Park and is playing his 38th straight Grand Slam, only dropped two service games and made the most of his opportunities to help get him over the line against his 34-year-old opponent.


It was a sound start to the tournament for the Czech, who has made the quarterfinals in his past two appearances at the Australian Open and is looking to break the stranglehold the ‘big four’ of Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray have had over the major titles in recent years.


After his win, the fifth seed modestly summarised his performance as “quite alright”, and said he was just pleased to be able to ease back into the five-set format.


“You know, he (Russell) is a really tough opponent, and especially (with) the conditions today, it was even tougher,” Berdych said.


“I mean, it was three sets (and) I was able to get the rhythm to play again for the three sets. Not to stay that long on court (was also) a positive.”


Despite his underdog status and the 88 places separating him and Berdych in the rankings, Russell was the more composed player early but struggled to win the big points.


The world No.94 American was presented with a golden opportunity to go up a break at 3-2 in the opening set, but the fifth-seeded Czech kept calm and served his way out of trouble to level the score at 3-3.


The near-break scare seemed to spur Berdych, however, who stepped up his intensity from the back of the court and began to fire groundstrokes with a ferocity that was too much for the American to handle.


Berdych routinely took advantage of his opportunities when they arose, converting two of three break points compared to Russell’s zero, and won the opener 6-3.


With scores locked at 5-5 in the second set, Berdych used his booming first serve – at one stage clocking 215km/h – to go ahead 6-5, winning the game in style with a huge serve down the middle to which Russell swung at and missed. Berdych then immediately broke Russell - one of his six breaks for the match - and claimed the second set 7-5.


From there, the Czech was just too strong, blasting 12 winners to Russell’s two and using his work ethic to take out the third set 6-3 to advance to the second round of the tournament.


Berdych will play Frenchman Guillaume Rufin on Wednesday.

 

 



 

 

 

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Monday, 14 January, 2013


T.BERDYCH/M.Russel

6-3, 7-5, 6-3



Q.  How was that for your first match?


TOMAS BERDYCH:  Well, it was quite all right, I would say.  You know, he's a really tough opponent, especially for the conditions that's been there for today.  It's even tougher.

Yeah, I mean, it was three sets.  I was able to even get the rhythm to play again for the three sets.  Otherwise not to stay that long on court, as well, which is also positive, especially from the beginning to be able to save some energy.

So, yeah, I mean, I can find also I would say the one part of the game which I didn't like that much, you know, when I was 3 Love up, had a breakpoint, didn't make it, 3 1, 40 15, lost my serve.  That was kind of not a good time.

But, yeah, I was able to finish it up.



 

Q.  Is it at all difficult for you when everybody always talks about the very, very top few players; no one talks about you, David Ferrer, Jo Wilfried Fred Tsonga.  How do you go into a tournament, thinking I can win this?


TOMAS BERDYCH:  I think this doesn't make that much difference.  Or I would say it's maybe even better for myself.  I mean, let's leave all the pressure on them.  You know, everybody's talking how many Grand Slams this guy can win, that one.

I mean, you get so much pressure on the court, and you don't have to have it around, as well.

Yeah, once the day's going to come, all right.  That's how the situation is.  Once if it's different, I mean, it's how it is.  I mean, the other hand, yeah, those four guys, they were able to win Grand Slams, many Grand Slams.  So probably they deserve it more than us so far.



 

Q.  Do you ever sort of go into a Grand Slam thinking, Something really strange has to happen for me to have a chance to win, or is it just about how well you can play yourself?


TOMAS BERDYCH:  Well, I wouldn't say 'strange,' but if you look at the draw, if you want to win the slam, you have to beat at least three of them, then it's really tough, so...  Maybe you were finding for this word 'strange.'

That's how it is.  Today's tennis is really, really strong.  I think we were in the best era of our sport ever.  That's how it is.

I mean, it's the same for everybody.  I think we all try our best to, you know, break that huge barrier in front of us.  You know, let's see.

I mean, if this happened once at least, then it would be I would say like at least 10 times better than it was before.  You know, let's see.



 

Q.  You were very close in New York to making that final.


TOMAS BERDYCH:  Yeah, you know.  But that's how it is, you know.  I beat one guy.  Then there was another waiting.  In the final was another one, as well.

You know, the semis, I mean, yeah, I don't like to talk about it once more again because, you know, everybody see how it was.  You know, it doesn't help to my game at all.

But, you know, I was trying to fight with that.  You know, it's not only about how well you play, but you also need something to add extra, you know, even if the luck, some other things, then the big result can happen.









 

 

 

 

 

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