|Posted on August 30, 2013 at 6:55 PM|
H2H Tomas Berdych vs Denis Kudla
It's a first meeting. They have never played against each other before.
Order of Play - Friday, August 30, 2013
On Armstrong, No. 5 Tomas Berdych plays 21-year-old American Denis Kudla, who is trying to reach the third round in a Grand Slam tournament for the first time. In the next match on, defending champion and World No. 3 Andy Murray takes on Argentine Leonardo Mayer for the second time (Murray leads 1-0). Murray has a 26-1 career record in Grand Slam 2R matches, winning 25 straight. Mayer is 0-11 lifetime vs. Top 10 opponents. In the final match on, World No. 1 Bob and Mike Bryan resume their quest for a calendar Grand Slam as they face Eric Butorac of the U.S. and Frederik Nielsen of Denmark in the 2R. The Bryans have won a “Bryan Grand Slam,” capturing the gold medal at the London Olympics last summer and the last four Grand Slam titles.
Tomas Berdych returns against Denis Kudla of the US during their 2013 US Open men's singles match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on August 30, 2013. Berdych won 7-6(3), 7-6(3), 6-3.
US OPEN 2013
Berdych Holds Off Kudla
New York, U.S.A.
by ATP Staff | 30.08.2013
Tomas Berdych worked hard for his win over Denis Kudla.
World No. 5 Tomas Berdych was made to work hard for his second-round win at the US Open on Friday, battling past American Denis Kudla 7-6(3), 7-6(3), 6-3 at Flushing Meadows.
Berdych prevailed in two hours and 45 minutes, losing serve four times, but responding with five service breaks of his own. He committed 47 unforced errors, but was aided by 59 mistakes from Kudla’s racquet. It was his first meeting with the No. 104-ranked American.
"It was not easy at all. He made me work pretty hard today," said Berdych. "His game is quite well suited for the hard court. He plays a lot of flat balls. I prefer a bit when the ball jumps higher. Then I can use my weapons a little bit more. I had never played him before, so that's also not easy. It was very important that I made both of the sets, tight in the tie-break. Then I was able to step up and I was fresher than him and just took the third set."
The 27-year-old Berdych was a semi-finalist at Flushing Meadows last year, beating Roger Federer in the quarter-finals before losing to Andy Murray. He is on a quarter-final collision course with the Scot this year as he looks to reach his second Grand Slam final. The Czech was runner-up at Wimbledon in 2010 (l. to Nadal).
Berdych goes on to face No. 31 seed Julien Benneteau, who won an all-French contest with Jeremy Chardy, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 in just under two hours. Berdych leads Benneteau 2-1 in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series.
Tomas Berdych hits the ball against Denis Kudla of the US during their 2013 US Open men's singles match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on August 30, 2013. Berdych won 7-6(3), 7-6(3), 6-3.
Tomas Berdych cruises into US Open 3rd round
Tomas Berdych reacts after a point against Denis Kudla during the second round of the 2013 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, in New York. Berdych won 7-6(3), 7-6(3), 6-3.
An interview with: TOMAS BERDYCH
Friday, August 30, 2013
Q. A lot of work out there today. Talk about the match.
TOMAS BERDYCH: Oh, yeah, it was not easy at all. He make me work pretty hard today. I mean, the conditions was tough, as well: quite warm, humid. Especially, you know, his game is quite well suited for the hard court. You know, he plays a lot of flat balls. I prefer a bit, you know, when the ball jumps higher. Then I can use my weapons in my game a little bit more. But that's how it is. Never played him before, so that's also not easy. I mean, yeah, I start pretty well. You know, maybe it was too quick. Then when I was 5 1 again up, I was like a bit surprised that it goes that easy. Then I just turn around and I need to fight for a long, long first set. But in the end I made it, which is good, and we don't have to be longer on court.
Q. The tiebreakers in the first two sets, what is it that makes a difference?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Difference between the first and second?
Q. Between winning and losing.
TOMAS BERDYCH: Oh, a lot. Of course a lot. I mean, the match could be really, really long. Actually we start, it was like 5 1 in 20 minutes. The sets been over after 1 hour and 10. It's been quite long. It's a really big difference if after such a long time you are the one who has once a lead or not. And then, you know, if you are the one that you have the set, then I think we play another one hour set, the second one. I made both of them. After two hours, the game could be split and we could still be there for many more hours. For me it was very important that I made both of the sets, tight in the tiebreak. Then, you know, I was able to step up and I was more fresh than him and just took the third set.
Q. Do you feel like you were more confident in the tiebreakers than he was? Did you see any weakness?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, I mean, is hard to say the weakness. But through both sets, I mean, I was the one who had more chances on his serve. And, you know, even the games were long, then I was still having chances and pushing him little more than he does. So, you know, that was kind of a good thing and good chance for the tiebreak, because there it's really about few points. If you make those small mini breaks then it's much easier. Then probably I would say also the experience was a big difference there.
Q. You played in this tournament now 11 years in a row. Last year you had a breakthrough when you beat Roger. Do you feel more confident this year based on the fact you were able to have a breakthrough last year?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Yeah, I think so far my career goes like just up and I'm climbing higher and higher, which is good. So it means, you know, every experience I went through, I'm able to manage it for the future. So that's what I did so far from last year. But, yeah, I mean, it's matter of I would say patient about the whole experience that I went through. Yeah, I feel good. I feel good on the court. I have a good rhythm, hitting ball clearly. That's what I need for my game.
Q. How important is experience when you're playing in a pressured environment for a two week period?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, I think after a few times, maybe five, six times -- it's really hard to say. Probably not. Probably if you have more and more years, then you have more and more experience. That's how it is, normally how it works. But, you know, I think it's just good to have those experience, but I don't think that the experience can save you from, you know, winning the matches or even the tough situations. Because, you know, if you don't have a good feeling on the court and hitting the ball clear, even you can have as much as you want of experience and it's not going to work. So in tennis, you know, all the things needs to click together. It's experience, everything together, then could be a good result.
Q. Are things clicking for you right now?
TOMAS BERDYCH: I'm trying to do so. I mean, of course, every time that the tournament starts you have to kind of build it up and it needs to start. So far it start quite well. All the aspects that I need are coming together. So, yeah, hopefully it's going to be a good Open.
Q. What do you know about your next opponent, Benneteau?
TOMAS BERDYCH: I know quite well. I played couple matches against him. It's not an easy opponent at all because he's playing real well. Yeah, he can play very aggressive, you know, coming to the net quite a lot, which is not that common these days. But, yeah, I mean, I think last time we played quite crazy match which was really like up and down and we were breaking each other a lot. Every match is different. But, yeah, I mean, it's a slam, so you need to play best of five sets. It's going to be a good game.