|Posted on July 4, 2016 at 3:15 PM|
Tomas Berdych and Jiri Vesely, the top two Czechs in the Emirates ATP Rankings, will face off for a place in the quarter-finals of Wimbledon. On Middle Sunday, Berdych saw off #NextGen star Alexander Zverev6-3, 6-4, 4-6, 6-1, while Vesely downed Joao Sousa 6-2, 6-2, 7-5.
Vesely And Berdych Deadlocked At Two Sets Each
ATP Staff | Monday, July 4, 2016
Vesely needed seven set points to bring the match to a deciding fifth set.
Tenth seed Tomas Berdych and unseeded Jiri Vesely will come back for a second day of play after their all-Czech fourth-round match couldn’t be completed on Monday. Vesely saved five match points to level the contest when play was suspended due to darkness 6-4, 3-6, 6-7(8), 7-6(9).
Vesely, who shocked No. 8 seed Dominic Thiem in the second round, showed no fear of the occasion by breaking Berdych at 5-4 to take the opening set. Berdych responded by playing a nearly perfect second set, landing 87 per cent of his first serves and hitting just three errors. He grabbed the lone break to lead 5-3 and fired an ace on set point to level the match.
In the third-set tie-break, Vesely saved a set point with an ace at 5/6 but was unable to convert on two set point chances at 7/6 and 8/7. Berdych made good on his second opportunity at 9/8 after an error from Vesely and took a commanding lead.
The 2010 Wimbledon runner-up couldn't serve out the match at 5-3 or convert on three match points with Vesely serving at 5-6. Vesley then squandered a 6/1 lead in the fourth-set tie-break, but saved a fourth match point with a volley winner. He saved another match point at 8/9 with a forehand winner, then wrapped up the set two points later after a backhand error from Berdych.
The winner of the match will play No. 32 seed Lucas Pouille, a winner in five sets on Monday over No. 19 seed Bernard Tomic. Berdych has never played Pouille, but Vesely leads their FedEx ATP Head2Head rivalry 2-0.