|Posted on January 17, 2014 at 2:00 PM|
On Wednesday Tomas Berdych became the first player to book his place in the third round of the Australian Open as he cruised past Frenchman Kenny De Schepper 6-4, 6-1, 6-3. Berdych advances to the third round in Melbourne for a fourth straight year, and next faces 188th-ranked Damir Dzumhur.
H2H Tomas Berdych vs Damir Dzumhur. It's a first meeting.
Dzumhur, 21, had not played a tour-level match prior to this week. He upset the top seed in the qualifying draw, Dustin Brown, and defeated Czech Jan Hajek in the first round of the main draw.
toss match Berdych vs Dzumhur Australian Open Round 3
Order of Play - Friday, January 17, 2014. Third match on Hisense Arena. Match start 1100 AM.
Berdych blasts his way to last 16
Friday, 17 January, 2014
By Richard Llewellyn Evans | Official website Australian Open
Tomas Berdych will be happy with Friday’s 105-minute workout against plucky Bosnian qualifier Damir Dzumhur, one that took him into the last 16 in Melbourne for the fourth year running.
The Czech seventh seed was never remotely troubled by an opponent ranked No. 188 playing in his first main draw of a major, running out a 6-4 6-2 6-2 winner on Hisense Arena.
“He is definitely a fighter, but today I was using my experience a little bit more,” Berdych said.
“The years are definitely on my side, and that’s something you cannot get anywhere apart from through these matches.”
It was 43 degrees in the shade when Berdych, now 28 and looking at the peak of his physique, hammered the first ball past the man from Bosnia Herzegovina. It was a ploy the giant 196cm Czech, who stands 21cm taller than Dzumhur, would repeat time and again.
Clearly a fast and nimble player when required, Berdych harnessed his weaponry to the big-hitting winners all afternoon, off the serve and forehand in particular, and the sooner in a rally the better.
He didn’t overly break sweat, and it was a match to be got though, the outcome set in his mind and the result justifying the means.
It all came across as just another day at the office which, for his 21-year-old opponent and band of largely Melbourne-based Bosnian supporters, it was anything but.
Stationed in the top corner of the stadium and away to the umpires’ right, Dzumhur’s fans were a boisterous bunch all afternoon, their favoured method of support to jump up and down, scarves in the air, after each winning point and cheer wildly. It was a notable contrast to the more choreographed Australian ‘Fanatics’ supporting every home player at Melbourne Park this week. This, however, was a European offering and the atmosphere was no worse for it, only different.
Perhaps the Czech would have taken umbrage had the quality of Dzumhur’s play been more demanding. Berdych looked like he had come dressed for the beach, but Dzumhur played like he was on it, relaxed, good-natured and always upbeat.
It wasn’t quite enough, but Dzumhur has had a wonderful tournament. Three wins in the qualifiers and a passage past 32nd seed Croatian Ivan Dodig will give him funds and future confidence aplenty.
Dzumhur ran and ran against Berdych and was never afraid to try the inventive or the cheeky, several nifty drop shots against the big man clearly pre-planned.
He kept pace until 4-4 in the first set before Berdych pulled away. The second set was a more dominant affair, an early break by Berdych setting the tone to a 6-2 close. The play itself was largely a carbon copy of the set before, scurrying and harrying by the Bosnian before a mighty blow from the Czech.
The match went with serve in the third until 3-2 when Berdych struck, compounding the damage by serving at 215km/h mark immediately after and saving a first break point against him with an ace.
And as for the blue and white striped ‘football’ shirt Berdych wore once again?
“It’s the summer, we should be happy and enjoying this time,” he said.
AUSTRALIAN OPEN 2014
Berdych Ends Dzumhur's Run
by ATP Staff | 17.01.2014
.No. 7 seed Tomas Berdych reached the fourth round of the 2014 Australian Open with a 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 win over Damir Dzumhur on Friday.
Berdych hit 13 aces and 32 winners against his opponent ranked 188th in the Emirates ATP Rankings. "I think we might see him here for another couple of years," said Berdych. "He's very hungry. I think he's very talented."
Dzumhur is the first player representing Bosnia to play in the main draw of a major after advancing through the qualifying rounds. “It was really tough,” said Dzumhur. “Berdych is one of the best players in the world. When he is playing good, he can beat anybody. Also, I was a bit stiff, such a big crowd in a big stadium. I’ve never played in that before, so it was a big opportunity for me and I hope I used it. I just couldn’t play my best because I was a bit stressed. He played a good match. He was serving really good and on this occasion he was much better [than me].”
The 28-year-old Berdych reached the quarter-finals in Melbourne in the past three years - his best results at the tournament. He goes on to face Kevin Anderson.
For the second time in a week, Anderson came back from two sets down to advance at the Australian Open. The South African saved one match point as he battled back from the brink to defeat Edouard Roger-Vasselin 3-6, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(5), 7-5 in just under four hours on Margaret Court Arena.
"I'm really pleased with the way I've just kept my mental fortitude and given myself a chance to get back in these matches," said Anderson. "Maybe not starting the match exactly as planned, but I think playing three out of five sets, that's one thing, you do have time. If you can keep going, there's sometimes a way back. I've been able to capitalise on two of those matches so far."
Match stats - Berdych won 6-4, 6-2, 6-2
Tomas parents and girlfriend in the audience
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Ester Satorova, the girlfriend of Tomas Berdych, is seen during his men's singles match at the Australian Open 2014 tennis tournament in Melbourne January 17, 2014.
Ester Satorova, the girlfriend of Tomas Berdych, watches his men's singles match at the Australian Open 2014 tennis tournament in Melbourne January 17, 2014.
Girlfriend and model Ester Satorova cheers on Tomas
Tomas Berdych coach Tomas Krupa
Chair umpire is Mrs Evanthia Asderaki of Greece
Tomas Berdych and Damir Dzumhur of Bosnia and Herzegovina shake hands at the net after Berdych won their third round at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 17, 2014.
Handshake at the end of the match Berdych/Dzumhur
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Q. What did you think of his game and the atmosphere out there today?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, I think the atmosphere was pretty good. You know, it's a famous place here for the atmosphere. So, you know, it's another player, I would say another country which has a huge support.
It was really nice. I quite enjoyed it.
About the player, as I said on the court, I think we might see him here for another couple of years. It's a young guy. He's very hungry. He went through past the quallies, played another two solid match. I think it was a bit of luck of experience for him today.
But, you know, I think he's very talented player.
Q. How pleased are you with your own form? Not a set dropped yet. Are you happy with where your game is?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Yeah, so far everything's going well. I think I went through couple of challenges through those three matches. But I played three guys, two of them I haven't seen before. The one I've seen but never played before. You know, today was, I would say, really the hottest conditions that I ever experienced on court, especially in the first, I would say, two sets, one and a half sets.
So, yeah, I think it was a good few things that I tried and proved for myself that everything is going well. I feel good on the court. That's important for my game.
Q. Do you think the roof should have been closed all day today because of the heat?
TOMAS BERDYCH: No. Actually I had a very quick conversation with Andreas Egli. He just make sure the conditions are way better than yesterday. I didn't even think about it.
Q. You didn't think about it?
TOMAS BERDYCH: No. What can we say?
Q. The shirt you were wearing today, a fashion statement?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, probably you guys are here for the fashion statements. I'm the one who wear it. I will not say much about it.
But, no, I think it's something different, something you cannot see on the others, which I really like. As I'm a face of a fashion brand, then I need to listen and go whatever they make.
You know, I think that's what it's all about, the people starts to talk about it, the people are interesting in it. Of course, you will get some negative feedback as well. You cannot make it perfect for everyone. It's the matter of the taste.
But in the end it creates some action. That's what I like.
Q. It's a little more adventurous, stronger statement than when you first started. Basically solid colors, nothing too exciting. This is a bit of a change.
TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, bit of a change. I think that's a process of the brand, you know, because they start with me. Really, it was the basic and first ever steps for them into the sport. Really everything was very simple, very basic.
I learned, especially with a huge brand like them, everything takes time. It's not going to happen in a week. So really you just need to be a bit patient. All started pretty well from, I would say, US Open.
And, yeah, I really like the way that they take it, really make it way more different than you can see with the other guys, which they look like all one team.
Q. It's going to stay blue and white stripes for the moment for here?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Yeah. That was their main line, what they want to have here in Australia. I do have two more outfits which is going to go till Monte Carlo. Then, yeah, there is going to be some other nice changes through the year, so...
Q. What about for Wimbledon?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Yeah, they are very sad. Especially, you know, when you tell to the fashion brand that they have to make white, they are like, Oh, okay, what can we do? It's just for hopefully two weeks. Then they can go again.
Q. Do you enjoy being the one guy from H & M instead of five like Nike guys in the top 10?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Definitely I do. It's something very unique, very special, especially in this kind of brand, as I said, which is not a main sport brand. It's something else. It's a fashion company.
You know, they choose me to be the only one. Really it's a huge, huge national, worldwide brand. So, yeah, it feels very special to me.
Q. What did you think when you looked at the draw, your half of the draw?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Honestly I haven't seen the draw. I just go one by one. I heard that I might play the winner of Anderson and Roger Vasselin. That's all I know for the future.
Even if I see more, it's not important at all to me because really, I mean, especially here in the first week the opponents was not the only one who you need to fight with. It was the conditions: the heat, the wind, everything. I'm really happy that I kind of survive it, especially today.
I'm really looking forward for some cooler conditions.
Q. When you see Roger and Rafa and Andy and Tsonga are not playing the same day as you, you have an idea.
TOMAS BERDYCH: Of course I do. Of course I do. You doesn't have to be smart to figure it out that they not going to be in your half.
You know, it's always about the draw. Really, if I'm going to have it once pretty good, yes, I take it. Always the next few times it's going to be the opposite way or other way around, whatever it is.
Really, I just want to take it how it is, be prepared for every single match, no matter who is there, who is waiting for me.
Q. What have you been getting up to on your days off?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, I was waking up quite early to have my practice done before all the heat comes. Then I just run to my room, put the air condition on and just stay there because really there was not much to do.
I don't think it would be smart, you know, to do anything else than this, if you want to do well, if you want to be ready. That was, yes, my plans and schedule through the days when I had it off.
Q. Any plans for when the weather gets a bit cooler?
TOMAS BERDYCH: No. I think maybe the only slight change will be maybe put more temperature in the room and just stay there. No, I mean, I'm not here to visit and explore the city, but really to play tennis. So it's really more about just prepare myself, be ready, and all the energy will be really needed in the other stages of the tournament. So that's my main focus.