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2014 Australian Open Round 1: Tomas Berdych vs Aleksandr Nedovyesov

Posted on January 13, 2014 at 1:00 PM


Tomas will play his opening singles match on Monday against Aleksandr Nedovyesov of Kazakhstan. Match is scheduled on Margaret Court Arena.




H2H Tomas Berdych vs Aleksandr Nedovyesov. It's a first meeting.









Order of Play - Monday, January 13, 2014

















Tomas Berdych makes no mistake in his Australian Open first-round clash Monday in Melbourne






Berdych Means Business


Seventh seed Tomas Berdych defeated Aleksandr Nedovyesov 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 to advance to the second round. "I was able to keep with my [game] plan, which was really to be focused on my game and play consistent from the beginning," said Berdych. "That's what I did through all the match. I didn't have any ups and downs. That was a quite solid win."











match stats R1 Australian Open 2014 Berdych def. Nedovyesov 




 

MATCH REPORT


Safe start for Berdych


Monday, 13 January, 2014


By Dan Imhoff


When a crisp Tomas Berdych forehand found its mark early in his first round match on Margaret Court Arena on Monday, a snowy-haired spectator mumbled to his mate “I’d be putting my money on this fella.”


It may not have been the most profound prediction if he was referring to the outcome of a match between the world No.7 and Aleksandr Nedovyesov, a player ranked 87 places below him and the three-time Australian Open quarterfinalist. It predictably ended in a comfortable straight sets 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 win to Berdych.


But if he was looking further ahead to pinning his bet on the Czech 28-year-old to become the eventual champion, it was a bolder statement.


Stepping onto court wearing blue and white stripes and red shorts in a kit resembling more of a Czech national football outfit, it could well have been a lucky omen harking back to his December heroics in guiding his nation to its second consecutive Davis Cup crown alongside Radek Stepanek.


Red shorts aside, he could have passed for an Argentine footballer.


“But I'm not,” he grinned. “I'm still tennis player and I'm happy for that.”


Still in the group of “best never to have won a slam”, it stands as the Czech player’s crowning achievement, especially considering the cup defense was played before a raucous Serbian crowd in Belgrade.


For Berdych, though, Grand Slam tournament glory is still within reach and the Australian Open has seen a string of solid performances from him.


Reaching the last eight for the past three years, it has taken Novak Djokovic, twice, and Rafael Nadal to end his Australian Open campaign. Throw in a couple of fourth round losses at Melbourne Park to Roger Federer and it becomes evident Berdych usually only loses to the best Down Under.


Against Nedovyesov on Monday, there was never any threat of the Kazakh player joining his countryman Evgeny Korolev as the only player to have beaten Berdych before the fourth round since 2006.


Having broken for 5-3 in the first set, Berdych faced two break points on serve before ripping three forehand winners and forcing his opponent into error to take it 6-3.


It set the tone for the match, with Berdych relying on his heavily struck forehand to keep Nedovyesov on the back foot.


Ukrainian-born Nedovyesov finished 2013 in the top 100 for the first time in his career and for a player whose best results have come on the Challenger circuit he stuck with his bigger-hitting opponent until 4-all in the second set.


From there, Berdych turned on the gas, ripping a backhand pass up the line to bring up break point. He would go on to bring up three set points with an ace down the T, taking it on his first with Nedovyesov framing a return into the crowd.


“I felt good on my serve. I was facing just maybe few, two maybe, breakpoints down, which I managed to save,” he said. “Didn't drop my serve through all the game.”


It was a similar story in the third; Berdych clinching a crucial break late in the set for 4-3 before putting his foot down to break again with an easy backhand putaway for 6-3, the match sealed after 110 minutes.


“He was playing, yeah, really solid, aggressive. But in the end I think the experience and all those, you know, years on tour just been advantage for me today,” Berdych said.


The seventh seed meets 86th-ranked Frenchman Kenny De Schepper in the second round.


The snowy-haired fan would no doubt be backing Berdych in that one too.

 

 










Tomas Berdych eased past Aleksandr Nedovyesov 6-3 6-4 6-3















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Tomas Berdych serves to Aleksandr Nedovyesov of Kazakhstan during their men's singles match at the Australian Open 2014 tennis tournament in Melbourne January 13, 2014.

 

























Tomas Berdych is airborne as he returns a shot to Aleksandr Nedovyesov of Kazakhstan during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 13, 2014.

 


















Tomas Berdych changes his shirt during a break in his first round match against Aleksandr Nedovyesov of Kazakhstan at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 13, 2014.

 





















Tomas Berdych jumps over the advertising boards after missing a shot during his men's singles match against Aleksandr Nedovyesov of Kazakhstan at the Australian Open 2014 tennis tournament in Melbourne January 13, 2014.

 



















Tomas Berdych is congratulated by Aleksandr Nedovyesov of Kazakhstan after their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 13, 2014.

 























Tomas Berdych waves to the crowd as he celebrates his win over Aleksandr Nedovyesov of Kazakhstan in their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 13, 2014.

 



















Tomas Berdych waves to the crowd


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Tomas Berdych signs autographs after his win over Aleksandr Nedovyesov of Kazakhstan in their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 13, 2014.

 





















Tomas Berdych signs autographs for fans after winning his men's singles match against Aleksandr Nedovyesov of Kazakhstan at the Australian Open 2014 tennis tournament in Melbourne January 13, 2014.

 


















Tomas Berdych signs autographs after his win over Aleksandr Nedovyesov of Kazakhstan in their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 13, 2014.











Transcribed Interview



Q.  Pretty comfortable first round there today.  What do you make of the first match of your season here?


TOMAS BERDYCH:  Yeah, it was not easy one, especially to play opponent I never seen before and I need to do a bit of scouting to see what is his style and what he plays.

But good that I was able to keep with my, you know, plan, which was really to be focused on my game and playing consistent from the beginning.  And that's what I did through all the match.  I didn't make any ups and down.

Yeah, that was a quite solid win.

 


Q.  You have only lost once before the fourth round here since 2006.  The surface obviously suits your game.


TOMAS BERDYCH:  Yeah, well, since 2006, there been a change of the surface, but not a major difference, like from '88, from the grass to the hard.

But, yeah, no, I like to play here.  I like the crowd, the people, the courts, the atmosphere.  So I hope that I'm going to be able to make another successful run here in Melbourne.

 


Q.  Your serve was a huge weapon today.  Feel good?


TOMAS BERDYCH:  Oh, yeah, I felt good on my serve.  I was facing just maybe few   two maybe   breakpoints down, which I managed to save.  Didn't drop my serve through all the game.

He was playing, yeah, really solid, aggressive.  But in the end I think the experience and all those, you know, years on tour just been advantage for me today.

 


Q.  Any special motivation for the white and blue shirt, like Argentina shirt?


TOMAS BERDYCH:  Yes, it looks like Argentinian shirt.  But we can say Czech colors are the same.  So it's just a different setup of the red shorts and this.

But, no, I think the main idea is because the H & M is the fashion brand, and they really want to go a bit their way what they think is going to be fashion.

For this summertime they choose this selection.  I think it's very nice, very interesting, very different to see it than all the others looks quite all same.  So this is something new.



Q.  Looked like a football player from Argentina.


TOMAS BERDYCH:  But I'm not.  I'm still tennis player, and I'm happy for that.

 


Q.  Did you expect the shirt to be such a hit?


TOMAS BERDYCH:  Well, when I see the collection, I said like, Yes, that's something what I really like.  It's going to be something very interesting.  Always you can find a positive thing, like positive reaction, and then someone who doesn't like it.

But so far I'm getting just the good one, which is very good.  You know, let's hope I'm going to play more and more matches that people can see it more and more, and it's going to be popular.

 


Q.  It's supposed to be hotter the next few days.  A benefit of getting off court so quickly today.  How are you going to handle the heat?


TOMAS BERDYCH:  Yes, one of the benefits is that, yes, I've been quite quick, I win in straight sets, which is helpful definitely.  And, yes, it's not an issue, but it's the same for both of us.

Definitely you can feel it on the court.  It's quite warm, quite hot out there.

If you prepare well, if you able to have a good, you know, regime with the water few days before already, really prepare for that quite well, which I did, because you can prepare for it in advance.  So far everything's going really well.

 


Q.  Do you think it's an advantage being a more aggressive player in these conditions rather than a baseline slugger?


TOMAS BERDYCH:  Well, I never been the one who's going to try to play a long rally, so I cannot compare that.

But, you know, you can have really matches, even with my aggressive game, you can stay there for really long time and it could be very, very difficult to play in these conditions.

But really, every single match is different.  Probably the guys, you know, who likes to play longer, they are more used to it.  So, no, I think it really depends on each player.

 


Q.  How do you feel about the courts, the surface?  Faster than you remember or still the same as one year ago?


TOMAS BERDYCH:  Well, that's always a question, you know.  I think me, personally, the courts feel faster.  But I'm really not sure, and I don't have that kind of information if the courts were resurfaced before the Open start.  Maybe yes, maybe not.  I'm really not sure about this.

But another aspect could be that really the hot temperature makes it different, as well, and can change the conditions I would say dramatically a lot.

So last year I remember you could find a really cool weather during the day or the nights were nearly to say very cold, so then the conditions are very different.  So really, if it's that hot, the conditions are very faster.












 


 

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