|Posted on January 12, 2011 at 11:05 AM|
The schedule of play for the 2011 Kooyong Classic is:
• Wednesday 12 January from 11am:
(1) Fernando Verdasco vs Gael Monfils
(3) Mikhail Youzhny vs Lleyton Hewitt
(3) Tomas Berdych vs Nikolay Davydenko
(4) Jurgen Melzer vs Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
Kooyong tournament likely to be disrupted by rain, hindering preparations for the Open. Poor weather seems certain to disrupt the Australian Open preparations of several leading contenders in Melbourne over the next week.
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Play will proceed today at 11am weather permitting. If rain interrupts play, the court will need half an hour to dry before play will recommence
According to the weather bureau the heaviest showers are forcast before 11am and are expceted to ease afterwards.
The schedule will not be cancelled.
Nikolay Davydenko defeats first-timer Tomas Berdych
MATCH REPORTPlaying the third match of the day, the Czech Berdych was pitted against second-time participant Nikolay Davydenko. This was the pair’s eleventh meeting on the court, with the Russian leading the head to head score 9-1 despite the disparity in rankings. Their last meeting on the courts had come at the Paris Masters where the Russian had extended his already huge lead. Davydenko had earlier enjoyed eight straight wins over the Czech.Winning the toss, Berdych opened serve and won the first game. From there on it was a hard fought battle between the two. Tied for ten games, neither player could catch a break. It was only in the eleventh game that Davydenko was able to break through Berdych’s serve and manage two successive wins to clinch the opener 7-5.The Russian was unable to maintain his form into the second set, and eventually lost it 3-6. With one set each, the match entered the decider. Bouncing back in the third set, Davydenko turned the tables on Berdych and reversed the score to secure a 6-3 victory.Neal Caffrey