|Posted on April 13, 2010 at 10:26 PM|
... match is scheduled on Thursday, April 15, 2010 at 10:30 A.M. First match of the day on Court Central
2010 Monte-Carlo Masters Round 3: Berdych vs Verdasco
Fernando Verdasco is through to the third round at the Masters 1000 in Monte-Carlo after beating France's Julien Benneteau by a convincing 6-2, 6-1.
He set up a third round encounter with in-form Czech, Tomas Berdych, who swept aside another Frenchman, Richard Gasquet 6-2, 6-0 in the second round, having knocked out Spain's Feliciano López in the first.
HEAD TO HEAD
(10) Tomas Berdych (CZE) vs (6) Fernando Verdasco (ESP) Berdych Leads 6-3
2005 Sydney (Australia) Hard R32 Fernando Verdasco 3-6 6-4 7-5
2007 ATP Masters Series Hamburg Clay R64 Tomas Berdych 7-6(6) 6-4
2007 US Open (U.S.A.) Hard R32 Tomas Berdych 7-6(2) 6-1 7-6(3)
2007 Tokyo (Japan) Hard QF Tomas Berdych 7-6(7) 4-6 7-5
2008 Wimbledon (Great Britain) Grass R32 Fernando Verdasco 6-4 6-4 6-0
2008 Båstad (Sweden) Clay SF Tomas Berdych 2-6 6-3 6-2
2009 Barcelona (Spain) Clay R16 Fernando Verdasco 7-5 5-7 6-4
2010 ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells Hard R32 Tomas Berdych 6-0 6-3
2010 ATP Masters 1000 Miami (U.S.A.) Hard QF Tomas Berdych 4-6 7-6(5)6-4
• The 24-year-old Czech Republic native is making his sixth appearance in seven years [except '08] and has an 8-5 career record...On Monday he opened with a 63 61 win over Spaniard Feliciano Lopez and following day beat Frenchman Richard Gasquet 62 60
• His best result was the semi-finals in 2007 when he beat No. 6 Robredo in the third round before losing to No. 2 Nadal
• In his other four visits, lost in the first round in 2004 (l. to Lisnard) and last year (l. to Fognini) and second round in 2005 (l. to O. Rochus) and '06 (l. to Simon)
F: ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami (l Roddick); SF: Brisbane (l Roddick); QF: San Jose (l Roddick); Memphis (l Gulbis); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Indian Wells (l Nadal)
2010 In Review:
• The top player from the Czech Republic enters the third round of his first clay court tournament with a 19-7 match record (16-7 on hard, 3-0 on clay)
• He is coming off his 10th career ATP World Tour final (5-5), his second ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title match (won ’05 Paris) and his first final in the U.S. in Miami on Apr. 4 (l. to Roddick)…En route, defeated No. 1 Federer (saved one M.P.) in 4th Rd. and No. 7 Soderling in QF…Afterwards, went from 20 to No. 16 (enters No. 15 this week)
• Prior to Miami, he reached the quarter-finals in Indian Wells (d. No. 12 Verdasco in 3rd Rd., l. to No. 3 Nadal)
• He helped his country to a 4-1 first round Davis Cup win over Belgium (on clay), defeating O. Rochus in straight sets in the opening rubber and winning the doubles (w/Stepanek) in similar fashion
• He opened the season by reaching the semi-finals in Brisbane (l. to eventual champ Roddick) and followed with opening round loss in Sydney (l. to Luczak after bye) and 2nd Rd. at Australian Open (l. to Korolev)
• In February he reached back-to-back quarter-finals in San Jose (l. to Roddick) and Memphis (l. to Gulbis)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 History:
• Has a 65-46 career match record and his best result was the title in Paris in 2005 (d. No. 10 Ljubicic in five sets)…Also runner-up in Miami (l. to Roddick), semi-finalist three other times – ’06 Madrid, ’07 Monte-Carlo and ’08 Miami and quarter-finalist on five other occasions
• In 2009, finished in Top 20 for fourth consecutive year at No. 20 and helped his country to its first Davis Cup final since 1980 (l. to Spain 5-0)…Went 3-2 in singles matches
• Has a 5-5 career mark in ATP World Tour finals and his last title came on clay in Munich in May 2009 (d. Youzhny)…Captured his first career ATP World Tour title on clay in Palermo in 2004 (d. VolandrI.
Tomas lost to Verdasco in a match of two hours and 34 minutes. Tomas took 1st set 7-5. He was very solid on the big points. Then he injured his right leg and because of feeling pain in his leg he was not playing 100%. Well, Tomas lost, he can get some rest before Barcelona. What's the point of playing a quarter-final on one leg with the risk of aggravating the injury? Tomas said he was tired after Miami and there was not enough time for resting before the clay season. Last year Tomas made an early exit in the first round of the Monte-Carlo Masters (l. to Fognini). On Monday, he will start the week ATP 14 (+1).Rest well Tomas, Take Care.
Tomas injured his right leg at this very moment of the match *hug*
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2010 Monte-Carlo Round 3 Berdych / Verdasco
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Fernando Verdasco earned safe passage into the Monte-Carlo quarterfinal, after rallying to defeat Tomas Berdych in three sets 5-7, 6-3, 6-2.
After trailing by a break for half a set, Berdych leveled at 3-3. Verdasco earned a chance to lead at 5-5, but failed to convert. A controversial double-bounce call went against the Spaniard in the 11th game, giving the Czech set point. Berdych struck an unreachable forehand, closing the 66-minute set at 7-5.
The second set marked a turnaround for Verdasco, who collected his first break point at 1-1. A lucky net cord gave the Spaniard a 2-1 edge. Berdych struggled physically, as a leg issue slowed his momentum. The 26-year-old kept the lead on for the remainder, taking the 6-3 set to level the match.
A costly double from Berdych at 1-2 gave Verdasco control in the deciding set. The 24-year-old looked to regroup, as the Spaniard gifted the break back on a netted backhand. Verdasco recovered immediately, winning four consecutive games to seal the victory in two hours and 33 minutes.
Verdasco beat No. 10 seed Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 in two hours and 34 minutes on Thursday. It was his third win in 10 meetings (Berdych leads 6-4) and first for 12 months since the Barcelona Open Banco Sabadell.Berdych had to call for treatment several times on his right ankle and the Spaniard slowly took a grip on the match, although the last two sets were closer than the scoreboard suggests.