|Posted on April 23, 2013 at 2:55 PM|
H2H Tomas Berdych vs Nikolay Davydenko
BARCELONA OPEN BANC SABADELL 2013
Berdych Overcomes Test in Barcelona
Tomas Berdych comes through a big test at the Barcelona Open
by ATP Staff | 23.04.2013
Tomas Berdych was forced to work for his spot in the third round on Tuesday. The third-seeded Czech, who is competing at the ATP World Tour 500 clay-court tournament for the fourth time, required two hours and 30 minutes to beat former World No. 3 Nikolay Davydenko 3-6, 7-5, 6-4.
It was Berdych’s third win in 12 matches against Davydenko, who reached the 2005 and 2009 semi-finals. He improved to a 23-7 match record on the season – fourth best overall on the ATP World Tour. He will next play either 14th seed Grigor Dimitrov or Tommy Robredo, the 2004 titlist.
Tomas Berdych has now beaten Nikolay Davydenko in three of their past four FedEx ATP Head2Head meetings.
Berdych survives Davydenko scare
ESPN | April 23, 2013
Tomas Berdych faced match point on his own serve against Nikolay Davydenko.
Tomas Berdych fought back from match point down to defeat Nikolay Davydenko 3-6 7-5 6-4 and book his place in the third round of the Barcelona Open.
Berdych arrived as the No. 3 seed but with a 2-9 head-to-head record against the Russian world No. 41, who got off to the perfect start on the Spanish clay with two unanswered breaks clinching the first set.
Berdych responded with a break of his own early in the second set, only for Davydenko to break back and move within a point of victory at 5-4. But Berdych clung on, holding serve before breaking to lead 6-5 and taking the match into a final set.
Both men struggled to hold serve at the start of the third, trading two breaks apiece before the Czech grabbed the vital third, holding on to serve out the victory in two and a half hours.