|Posted on August 6, 2010 at 5:21 PM|
Friday's afternoon session quarterfinal matches will feature the two highest remaining seeds in action.
In the noon opener, top seed Tomas Berdych faces Xavier Malisse, whom upset John Isner on Thursday night. Berdych-Malisse will be followed by No. 3 Fernando Verdasco versus No. 8 Marcos Baghdatis (not before 2:15 PM)
Berdych, a top seed for the first time after losing to Rafael Nadal last month in his first Grand Slam final, will next face Malisse, who eliminated US fifth seed John Isner.
"The pressure is on him. He's the top seed," Malisse said."He's having a great season. I have nothing to lose. I'll go out and see what happens."
"I'm going to try to raise my game a little higher." Berdych said.
Order of Play – Friday, August 6, 2010
STADIUM Matches Start At: 12:00 noon
Tomas BERDYCH (CZE) vs Xavier MALISSE (BEL)
Not Before 2:15 PM
Fernando VERDASCO (ESP) vs Marcos BAGHDATIS (CYP)
Rohan BOPANNA (IND)/Aisam-Ul-Haq QURESHI (PAK) vs Bob BRYAN (USA)/Mike BRYAN (USA)
Not Before 7:00 PM
David NALBANDIAN (ARG) vs Gilles SIMON (FRA)
Not Before 9:15 PM
Janko TIPSAREVIC (SRB) vs Marin CILIC (CRO)
A general view of Xavier Malisse of Belgium against Tomas Berdych of Czech Republic during their quarterfinal match on day 5 of the Legg Mason Tennis Classic at the William H.G. FitzGerald Tennis Center on August 6, 2010 in Washington, DC.
Tomas lost... From what I could see, something must have upset him a lot. Dunno what? very windy conditions (he hates)? bad schedule? late match yesterday night and today first match at noon (he hates) and imo it's a bit unfair from the tournament organizers , then... you know Tomas... the umpire, the bad calls, the racket, the hawk-eye.... At least he got some matches under his belt... I was so happy to watch his match (livestream + tv).
I knew it... something was wrong. Read Tomas' comments
"Playing late last night and then early today I didn't even get 12 hours. This is a really bad experience for a top seed. I was not 100 percent ready. That's very sad for me."
"I wanted to play good but there was no chance."
Berdych defeated Andrey Golubev of Kazakhstan in three sets on Thursday, the final point coming close to midnight because rain delayed the start of the program by several hours.
"The first set I felt like I was still sleeping," the eighth-ranked Berdych said.
The lanky Czech had to turn around and play the opening match of the Friday session, a move by schedule makers that has Berdych thinking about not returning in 2011.
"Maybe I won't come next year," he said. "If you like the tournament and the place then you always want to come back. If you have an experience like this, well, we'll have to see."
An angry Berdych conceded Malisse "deserved to win" but said the scheduling was inexcusable.
"I don't see any other sport that would have it like that," he said. "It's the quarter-finals, quite a big tournament. Every one wants to see good tennis, not two players sleeping on the court"
I support Berdych 200% et-puis-je-l'ai-me-trop. Voilà.