|Posted on April 13, 2010 at 9:41 PM|
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Berdych riding momentum (and a lucky shirt) in Monte Carlo
FOX Sports | Tuesday, April 13, 2010
There's no stopping Tomas Berdych right now. Fresh from his fine showing at the Sony Ericsson in Miami, the big Czech absolutely pulverized the local favorite, Richard Gasquet, here on a chilly evening at the Monte Carlo Country Club, blitzing his way into the third round of this ATP Masters 1000 event with a 6-2, 6-0 victory.
Still sporting his lucky green shirt that served him so well while beating the likes of Roger Federer and Robin Soderling in the Florida sunshine, Berdych hit his forehand with such venom that the Frenchman had no time to get his game together and certainly no time to do any damage with his lovely backhand.
The 24-year-old who makes his home here in Monaco has been on the tour for seven years but only now is he starting to bear a vague resemblance to his illustrious predecessor, Ivan Lendl. It is inconceivable that Berdych will begin to emulate Lendl's great record (eight Grand Slam titles and eleven losing finals) but the height, the walk and the way he fires off his formidable forehand do bring back certain memories.
It is not easy to hit a stream of winners on clay but Berdych just unloaded off his forehand and Gasquet, who had looked good the previous day, was simply overwhelmed. Berdych, who has now lost just six games in four sets, should meet sterner opposition in the next round when he comes up against Fernando Verdasco, a 6-2, 6-1 winner over Julien Benneteau. However, in Miami, Verdasco lost to Berdych in three sets.