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2010 Madrid Round 1: Tomas Berdych vs David Nalbandian

Posted on May 11, 2010 at 8:52 PM



              


On David Nalbandian official website, Top headline is the clash Berdych-Nalbandian in the first round of the Madrid Masters, a key warm-up for the French Open. Nalbandian leads H2H 4-1 which of course doesn't plead in Berdych's favour. On the other hand, David Nalbandian comes back from injury after three weeks. According to physical therapists: "it's always tough to get back into tennis after an Injury, your injury may be healed but your body isn't what it was when you got hurt and it's a monumental effort to come back and to come back and play well."


As usual Tomas will take one match at a time.



Order of Play – Tuesday, May 10, 2010


MANOLO SANTANA - Starting At: 12:00


WTA Patty SCHNYDER (SUI) vs Agnieszka RADWANSKA (POL)

Not Before 13:30

WTA Samantha STOSUR (AUS) vs Maria Jose MARTINEZ SANCHEZ (ESP)

Not Before 16:00

ATP Roger FEDERER (SUI) vs Benjamin BECKER (GER)

Not Before 20:00

ATP Fernando VERDASCO (ESP) vs Ivo KARLOVIC (CRO)

followed by

ATP David NALBANDIAN (ARG) vs Tomas BERDYCH (CZE)





BERDYCH FASTFACTS


Tournament Highlights:

• The 24-year-old Czech Republic native enters with a 5-6 career mark and his best result was the semi-finals in 2006 (d. No. 6 Roddick, No. 2 Nadal, l. to Gonzalez)

• Has not advanced past the second round in his other five appearances


2010 Highlights:

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); Munich (l Petzschner)


2010 In Review:

• The top player from the Czech Republic enters with a 22-10 match record (6-3 on clay) and he’s coming off a quarter-final last week in Munich (l. to Petzschner)

• Last month, he reached 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 (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

• 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 67-48 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


Miscellaneous:

• 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)

 





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