|Posted on July 1, 2013 at 5:40 PM|
Tomas Berdych will now play Australia's Bernard Tomic in the last 16. For the record, they have never played each other.
H2H Tomas Berdych vs Bernard Tomic ... it's a first meeting. Please note: same weight, same height, same residence Monte-Carlo, same initials TB, both play righ-handed, both lost 12 matches in 2013 ;-)
Tomas serves to Bernard Tomic
Bernard Tomic loses to Tomas Berdych in four set thriller
For the first 26 games of this match, you wondered whether it might surpass Isner-Mahut as the longest in Wimbledon history.
Not only did neither player drop serve, they did not look likely to. Yes, there was the odd break point, but Tomas Berdych and Bernard Tomic did not really seem to believe the other would yield.
So, when one of them finally did, it proved to be a defining moment, with Berdych accelerating to a 7-6 6-7 6-4 6-4 victory before darkness began to close in on Court One.
The Czech is arguably may be the least watchable player in the men’s top 10 but is one of the most efficient at beating inferior opposition.
And for all his raw talent, 20-year-old Tomic still has work to do to gatecrash the elite of the game. Yet, he can take much from a Wimbledon where he beat another top-10 opponent and dealt admirably with his father’s now-infamous courtside ban.
The world number 59 more than held his own in the opening two sets, sets which made you grateful for the invention of the tie-break as each went the distance with very little incident.
Berdych had a couple of break points in the seventh game and Tomic a set-point on the Czech’s serve in game 12 but neither could be separated at 6-6.
The tie-break see-sawed one way and the other but Berdych won four points in a row to take it 7-4.
Each saved two break points in the second set, the inevitable tie-break going Tomic’s way until he threw away a 6-3 lead only for Berdych to miss a sitter into the open court to hand it to the Australian 7-5.
The 27th game finally delivered a break of serve for the Czech, who nevertheless contrived to throw it away immediately with two double-faults.
He had to save another one in game six and, after an epic seventh game, he finally broke Tomic at the fourth time of asking.
Tomic saved four set points on his own serve two games later but Berdych served it out to move within one set of victory.
And he only needed one break in the fourth set to seal a quarter-final against Novak Djokovic, breaking in game four and cruising over the line.
Source: The Telegraph
A tight encounter was dominated by serve for the first two sets before seventh seed Berdych asserted his authority.
score and stats Round 4 Wimbledon - Tomas Berdych def. Bernard Tomic
Berdych's match with Tomic was dominated by serve as they shared the first two sets, before the seventh seed broke twice to move ahead again in the third.
Chances were few and far between in the fourth set but again it was the more-experienced Berdych who gained the crucial break to clinch victory.
"I was kind of struggling with his fast routine on serve, I couldn't get a return on it at all. But after the first two sets I felt much more confident."
Tomas Berdych celebrates winning the Gentlemen's Singles fourth round match against Bernard Tomic of Australia on day seven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 1, 2013 in London, England
Ester Satorova girlfriend of Tomas Berdych looks on during the Gentlemen's Singles fourth round match against Bernard Tomic of Australia on day seven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 1, 2013 in London, England.
Berdych sets up quarter-final showdown with Djokovic
by Kate Battersby
Monday 1 July 2013
Tomas Berdych is putting together his finest Wimbledon since he beat Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic on his way to the 2010 final. Since then this year’s No.7 seed has not been beyond the last 16, but in the fourth round at Wimbledon 2013 he pushed past the young Australian Bernard Tomic 7-6(4), 6-7(5), 6-4, 6-4 to make the last eight. Now he must once again defeat Djokovic if he is to make further progress.
“I’m very happy after a match like this,” said Berdych. “He is a great player, using all the skills you can possibly use on grass. That’s why it’s so tough to play him. So that makes me feel even better to be the winner. In the first two sets I was struggling with his very fast serve, and couldn’t get a return off his first serve at all. After two sets I found some rhythm and started to feel much more confidence, and that was proved in the last two sets. The support from my people in the player’s box was very nice. We are there as a team. I try to do the work on court and it’s great to have my family and girlfriend near. It gives you a little extra energy and it helps. Djokovic next, yes. It’s a nice challenge to play the world No.1 – always a great match and it will be even better here. I know how to beat him. I beat him last time and I’m going to try for the same again.”
Berdych’s match against Tomic on No.1 Court was close fought and intriguing, especially as they had never previously met. Two years ago here he reached the quarter-finals as an 18-year-old qualifier, the youngest man into the last eight since one Boris Becker in 1985. Even now he was still the second youngest player in the 128-man main draw. A year ago he was ranked 27 but since then his form has been inconsistent, hence his current ranking at 59. But to reach this fourth round he beat a string of quality opponents – the No.21 seed Sam Querrey, followed by the former world No.4 James Blake and then the No.9 seed Richard Gasquet in a truly splendid third round. Clearly the ongoing difficulties surrounding Tomic’s coach and father John were proving no hindrance here. (Tomic Senior is banned from entering the All England Club as he is facing an assault charge in Spain after allegedly butting his son’s training partner Thomas Drouet, allegedly after an argument over pay.)
The first two sets were decided by small margins. More than once it felt as if Berdych was beginning to stretch Tomic, forcing him into error, and holding a set point at 5-4. The tie-break was nip and tuck until Tomic netted a weak return which opened the door for Berdych. It seemed the Czech’s forehand was starting to do damage.
Neither could make break points count in the second, and it was crucial that Berdych sent the ball wide early in the breaker. A swashbuckling forehand gave Tomic three set points and on the third Berdych punched a volley long. Somehow he had contrived to lose a set where he won 91 per cent of points on his first serve.
At 1-1 in the third Berdych, at the fifth opportunity, finally managed to convert a break point – only to double fault twice in the next game to hand it back. Break points were littering the court, and at 3-3 Berdych needed four before his returning punched a conclusive hole in Tomic’s defences. Berdych was into his groove now, scorching a backhand past Tomic for a first set point. Frantic defence saved it and Tomic held, but Berdych’s winner count was going into overdrive, and he served it out. He broke for 2-1 in the fourth, and it was all.
Source: Official Website Wimbledon
Berdych defeats Tomic 7-6, 6-7, 6-4, 6-4
Tomas Berdych's girlfriend Ester Satorova, father Martin and mother Hana celebrate match point
great fight… bravo Tomas!
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"It feels great (to win), especially after a match like this," Berdych said.
"Bernard is a great player and he's using all the skills you can possibly use on grass.
"That's why it's so tough to play him and that makes me feel even better to be here as the winner."