|Posted on October 12, 2010 at 11:27 AM|
Berdych Overcomes Illness
by ATP Staff | 12.10.2010
Seventh seed Tomas Berdych laid it all on the line Tuesday in his bid to add valuable points to his Barclays ATP World Tour Finals qualification campaign, overcoming an upset stomach to defeat Tommy Robredo 6-0, 6-4 in the second round of the Shanghai Rolex Masters.
The Czech hid his condition well in the early stages as he battered Robredo into submission and won the first seven games. However, he clearly struggled in the second set as he was twice forced to rally from a break down before staggering over the finishing line in 84 minutes.
“I’ve been struggling with some stomach problems for two days; I’ve eaten almost nothing in the past two days and was feeling pretty weak,” explained Berdych. “I tried to play more aggressively and not such long rallies. Somehow it worked and I’m extremely happy for today.”
The 25-year-old Berdych a finalist at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event in Miami (l. to Roddick) and Wimbledon (l. to Nadal) earlier in the season, is bidding to qualify for the year-end championships in London for the first time. He is currently sixth in the year-to-date ATP Rankings, with the Top 8 to qualify.
Tomas Berdych wins Shanghai Masters opener
Berdych Books Last 16 Spot
Tomas Berdych became the first man through to the last 16 of the Shanghai Masters as he eased past Tommy Robredo in straight sets.
The seventh seed, who afterwards revealed he was suffering from an upset stomach, showed complete dominance as he romped through the first set before the Spaniard finally hit his stride in the second.
Robredo twice went a break up but could not press home his advantage as Berdych eventually won 6-0 6-4.
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Fifth seed Tomas Seventh seed Tomas Berdych is the first man through to round three in Shanghai, after he overcame Spain's Tommy Robredo 6-0 6-4.
Berdych Digs Deep Against Robredo
Berdych, seeded seventh, shrugged off stomach woes he had for the past two days and blitzed past former top-10 Spaniard Tommy Robredo 6-0, 6-4 in the second-round of the $5.25 million hard court event in Shanghai, China. "I felt quite weak so I was trying to play a little more aggressively, play really risky shots just to try to hang in there," Berdych said. "I was really lucky I don't know what could have happened if I lost the second set."