|Posted on April 18, 2013 at 12:45 AM|
Tomas Berdych is seeded fourth, following the withdrawal of recent Miami finalist David Ferrer due to injury. After a 1st round bye, the Czech faces Spaniard Marcel Granollers in the second round. Seventh seed Richard Gasquet, a semi-finalist in 2005, is on course to meet Berdych in the quarter-finals. The in-form Kevin Anderson and Poland’s Jerzy Janowicz are also in that section.
WEDNESDAY PREVIEW – TOP FOUR SEEDS DJOKOVIC, MURRAY, NADAL, BERDYCH IN ACTION
• Second round play concludes on Wednesday at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters with No. 1 Novak Djokovic, No. 2 Andy Murray, No. 3 Rafael Nadal and No. 4 Tomas Berdych taking to the courts for the first time on Court Central. There are 11 second round matches on the schedule.
• In the opening match No. 4 seed Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic brings a 2-0 advantage against Marcel Granollers of Spain. The World No. 6 Berdych comes in with a 21-6 record on the year and he’s one of four players with 20+ match wins this season (Ferrer 25, Gasquet 22, and Djokovic 21) and one of two Top 10 players (Federer) without a title. He comes into his first clay court tourney, having reaching the quarter-finals or better in each of his six tournaments played. The 27-year-old Granollers comes into the second round with a 6-8 (1-0 on clay) mark this season. The World No. 4 in doubles turned in his best singles result in Sydney in January when he reached the quarter-finals (l. to Seppi). He is one of a tournament-high nine Spaniards in this year’s singles draw.
• The 27-year-old Czech Republic native has a 12-8 mark and he’s coming off his second semi-final last year (l. to Djokovic). He also reached the semi-finals in 2007 (d. No. 6 Robredo in 3R, l. to No. 2 Nadal)
• He is playing here for the ninth time in 10 years (except ’08). Last year posted wins over Marin Cilic 76(3) 61, No. 12 seed Kei Nishikori 26 62 64 and No. 3 seed Andy Murray 67(4) 62 63
• The last Czech winner here was Ivan Lendl in 1988 (d. Martin Jaite)
F(2): Marseille (l Tsonga); Dubai (l Djokovic); SF: ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Indian Wells (l Nadal); QF(3): Chennai (l Bautista Agut); Australian Open (l Djokovic); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami (l Gasquet)
2013 in Review:
• The top player from the Czech Republic enters with a 21-6 match record on the season and has reached the quarter-finals or better in all six tournaments played, including back-to-back finals in Marseille (l. to Tsonga) and Dubai (d. Federer in SF, l. to Djokovic)
• In ATP Masters 1000 events reached SF at Indian Wells (l. to No. 5 Nadal), fell to 3-8 in ATP Masters 1000 SFs and QF at Miami (l. to No. 10 Gasquet)
• Reached seventh career Grand Slam QF at Australian Open (l. to Djokovic)
• Helped Czech Republic beat Switzerland 3-2 in Davis Cup 1R, winning three points. Partnered with Rosol in doubles rubber, the duo overcame Chiudinelli-Wawrinka 24-22 in fifth set, match lasted 7 hours, 1 minute and is the longest Davis Cup match on record (in time)
Ester and Tomas' mum
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Berdych Beats Granollers
by ATP Staff | 17.04.2013
World No. 6 Tomas Berdych overcame a tricky opening match, defeating Spain’s Marcel Granollers 7-5, 6-4 to reach the third round. The Czech trailed by a break at 4-5 in the first set, and also came from a break down in the second set to prevail in one hour and 44 minutes.
"Always the first matches are kind of tough," said Berdych. "If you get an opponent like Marcel, it is even tougher. "In the end, I felt quite good. I was trying to find the clay court rhythm in the beginning. I lost my serve, I gave him some chances, but in the end, I just got myself back focused for the points, the important ones. I was able to hold my serve, take my chances and finish it in straight sets."
The 27-year-old Berdych has had a very consistent first quarter of the 2013 season and claimed his 22nd match win. He has reached the quarter-finals or better in all six of his tournaments, going on to finish runner-up in Marseille (l. to Tsonga) and Dubai (l. to Djokovic).
Tomas Berdych celebrates a point against Marcel Granollers of Spain in their second round match during day four of the ATP Monte Carlo Masters,at Monte-Carlo Sporting Club on April 17, 2013 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco.
Tomas Berdych ousts Marcel Granollers to reach third round
Tomas signs on the camera
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Ester Satorova girlfriend of Tomas Berdych watches him play against Marcel Granollers of Spain in their second round match during day four of the ATP Monte Carlo Masters,at Monte-Carlo Sporting Club on April 17, 2013 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco.
Tomas Berdych Wednesday Press Conference
by ATP Staff | 21.04.2012
T. BERDYCH/M. Granollers
THE MODERATOR: Questions for Tomas.
Q. How did you feel today?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, I mean, always the first matches are kind of tough. If you get an opponent like Marcel, it is even tougher.
In the end, I felt quite good. I was trying to actually, you know, find the really clay court rhythm in the beginning. Yeah, I mean, I lost my serve, I give him some chances, but in the end, you know, I just get myself back focused for the points, the important ones.
I was able to hold my serve, take my chances and finish it in straight sets.
Q. You twice recovered from a break down in each set. What made the difference?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, I think today he's got a pretty good chance. He had a break in both sets. You know, it's already I think enough what I gave him.
In the end, I was able to turn it around and get it back.
Well, what was the difference? You know, he already played matches on clay. He's a great doubles player. He knows how to return quite well. That's it.
But in the end, it's me who took it in two sets and I'm looking forward to the next one.
Q. Satisfying game for a first game on clay?
TOMAS BERDYCH: No, I wouldn't say 'satisfying.' It would be really, really good match if I would go through, let's say, without losing my serve, then just getting some chances on his.
But in the end it's the result what's count. It just gives me more space for improvement for the next matches. I actually prefer this setup than the other one. You know, you come up for your first game, you play unbelievable tennis, then what can you bring in the next round? So this is the kind of start that I prefer more, and now improving myself.
It's still a lot of work to do. I will try. Let's see tomorrow.
Q. What do you need specifically to do to improve your game, your rhythm here? How far would you hope you can go here? Can you win here?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, I will try for sure as far as I can. I never thought to like win the title. Of course, that's the goal. But realistically for me is really day to day, go one by one, and then let's see.
I had a couple good results here. But as you look at the draw, especially the guy that just keeps winning here, playing so well, that's going to be a challenge for all of us to try to stop him, so let's see.
What I needs to do better? I think just the matches can help me a lot. I mean, I was practicing here more than a week. It was great. It was great preparation. But still, you know, it's a practice. Once you going to get to the match, the matches are different.
As long as you get more and more matches, it just helps you. That's the only thing where you can get better and improve.
Q. You mentioned Nadal has a great record here. Have you been surprised since his comeback from injuries he's made it to four straight finals? Is that surprising or is that what you would expect from him?
TOMAS BERDYCH: No, I would say that he wouldn't come back on tour to play tournaments when he wouldn't feel that he's kind of ready, you know. I mean, basically I cannot much understand that he's saying that he's still in pain, he doesn't feel good. All right, let's see what we can expect more when he's going to feel good.
I mean, I think it was the decision in the time when he felt that he can go. He's ready enough. He's come back. If he would feel really that bad, he wouldn't come back.
Q. When he says that he's still in pain, you think he's probably not?
TOMAS BERDYCH: I don't want to, like, touching his personal. I don't know how to explain that. I mean, everybody almost go every day on court with some pain. Someone with bigger, someone with smaller. Some days you just really have like perfect day.
I just wish him that he's going to recover as best as he can, and he's going to be in our game as long as he's available.
I think it's great for tennis that we have the guys like that. So I hope he's going to be just fine and he can play.
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Tomas Berdych in action against Marcel Granollers during Round 2 Monte-Carlos Masters