|Posted on September 29, 2010 at 4:58 AM|
Order of Play – Thursday, September 30, 2010
CENTER COURT Matches Start At: 11:00 am
Mariusz FYRSTENBERG (POL)/Marcin MATKOWSKI (POL) vs Johan BRUNSTROM (SWE)/Scott LIPSKY (USA)
Kevin ANDERSON (RSA) vs Andrey GOLUBEV (KAZ)
Not Before 3:30 PM
Tomas BERDYCH (CZE) vs Denis ISTOMIN (UZB)
Not Before 6:15 PM
Robin SODERLING (SWE) vs Edouard ROGER-VASSELIN (FRA)
Yuki BHAMBRI (IND) vs David FERRER (ESP)
H2H Tomas Berdych - Denis Istomin
Tomas is seeded #3 in the Malaysian Open. He received a first-round bye and will get into action on Thursday, September 30, 2010. His opponent will be Denis Istomin (UZB) who beat Marsel Ilhan (TUR) in three sets. When asked about lifting the trophy on Sunday, Tomas said that he was not thinking too far ahead and planned to take it one match at a time. “It’s true that I reached the Wimbledon final and it was the proudest moment in my career thus far. But I won’t think too much of reaching the final here and I will keep my focus on the next game,” he said.
F: ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami (l Roddick); Wimbledon (l Nadal); SF: Brisbane (l Roddick); Roland Garros (l Soderling); QF: San Jose (l Roddick); Memphis (l Gulbis); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Indian Wells (l Nadal); Munich (l Petzschner); Washington (l Malisse); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Toronto (l Federer)
YTD W-L: 41-18
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 5
Date of Birth: September 17, 1985
South African Airways 2010 ATP Ranking: 7
F: New Haven (l Stakhovsky); SF: San Jose (l Verdasco); Eastbourne (l Garcia-Lopez); QF: Hamburg (l Golubev)
YTD W-L: 29-22
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: September 7, 1986
South African Airways 2010 ATP Ranking: 43
Berdych starts KL campaign with a win
Berdych Begins Title Quest, Beats Istomin
by ATP Staff | 30.09.2010
Czech Tomas Berdych, who is currently No. 6 in the year-to-date South African Airways 2010 ATP Rankings, advanced to the Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur 2010 quarter-finals on Thursday.
The Wimbledon runner-up and third seed recorded his second win this year over Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan 6-4, 6-3 in 83 minutes. Berdych, who beaten Istomin in the Wimbledon third round in June, won 72 per cent of service points and hit seven aces. He improved to a 42-18 season mark. Pilot Pen Tennis finalist Istomin dropped to 0-5 lifetime against Top 10 opponents.
Fifth seed Tomas “The game was pretty good for me. I’m happy that I managed to make it through in two sets. Now I will just be ready for whoever wins tonight,” said Berdych, who is likely to meet David Ferrer in the quarterfinals, if the Spaniard manages to overcome last year’s junior number one Yuki Bhambri later on centre court today.
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By Agence France-Presse | Thursday, September 30, 2010
Third seed Berdych starts with a win in Malaysia
Wimbledon finalist Tomas Berdych scored an opening win at the Malaysian Open Thursday, easily reaching the quarter-finals with a defeat of Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin 6-3, 6-4.
Tournament number three Berdych became the first of the leading seeds to advance, a day after the elimination of holder and second seed Nikolay Davydenko.
Top-seeded Swede Robin Soderling, finalist at the last two editions at Roland Garros, was making his start against Frenchman Edouard Roger-Vasselin.
Berdych needed just under 90 minutes to go through, producing seven aces and breaking his 43rd-ranked opponent five times.
Berdych has had a disappointing follow-up after putting Roger Federer out in the Wimbledon quarter-finals and progressing all the way to the final, where he lost to Rafael Nadal. His previous bests were a pair of quarter-finals in Washington and Toronto, with a US open exit in the first round.
"My opponent was not easy, but there are no easy ones these days," said Berdych, the world number seven. "I played good today, I felt good on the court.
"That is important for the first match, I got my rhythm really fast."
Berdych also beat Istomin in the Wimbledon third round in five sets, with the Uzbek now 0-6 against players ranked in the ATP Top ten.
The Czech winner improved to 42-18 on the season, playing in Malaysia for the second straight year. He lost a quarter-final to Soderling in 2009.