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Tomas Berdych takes centre stage at The Boodles, plays Alexandr Dolgopolov

Posted on June 19, 2013 at 2:30 PM





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Wednesday 19 June 2013 (2.30pm start)


Tomas Berdych (CZE) vs Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR)

followed by

Sam Querrey (USA) vs Richard Gasquet (FRA)

followed by (not before 5pm)

John Isner (USA) vs Santiago Giraldo (COL)

 









Berdych Beat Dolgopolov in Wimbledon warm-up event

 





Berdych finds form on grass at Boodles


World number six Tomas Berdych beat Alexandr Dolgopolov 4-6 6-2 7-6(8) in a tight match on day two at The Boodles exhibition.


The match was eventually decided in a champion’s tie-break after the Czech player roared back from a set down against the Ukrainian.


Berdych, who has been seeded seventh for Wimbledon, grabbed an early break of serve in the opening set, only for Dolgopolov to complete a stunning comeback, serving it out with two big aces.


In glorious weather at Stoke Park, Berdych put the world number 26 under a great deal of pressure in the second set, breaking twice to lose just two games in levelling up the match.


A champion’s tie-break was required to separate the two players and, despite levelling at 8-8 after having lost the opening six points, Dolgopolov could not repel Berdych when it really counted.

 

 









Relax… Tomas during a pause


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What Tomas said:


“For me the movement on grass is the toughest thing,”


“It’s much faster (too) and the ball doesn’t always bounce in the same place every time. It’s good that we have a couple of weeks to be ready for Wimbledon.”








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