|Posted on February 21, 2011 at 7:00 PM|
Order of Play – Monday, February 21, 2011
CENTRE COURT - Starting At: 2:00 pm
Michael BERRER (GER) vs Ernests GULBIS (LAT)
Grigor DIMITROV (BUL) vs Richard GASQUET (FRA)
Not Before 7:00 PM
Jeremy CHARDY (FRA) vs Tomas BERDYCH (CZE)
Sergei BUBKA (UKR) vs Ivan LJUBICIC (CRO)
H2H Tomas Berdych / Jeremy Chardy
DUBAI TOURNAMENT PREVIEW | ATP Staff
FORMER CHAMPS FEDERER, DJOKOVIC LEAD STRONG FIELD
The Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, the third ATP World Tour 500 tournament of the season, features seven Top 20 players in the South African Airways 2011 ATP Rankings. Leading the way is World No. 2 and former four-time champion Roger Federer (2003-05, ’07) and World No. 3 and reigning two-time winner Novak Djokovic, who is making his first appearance since capturing his second Australian Open crown (d. Murray) on Jan. 31.
Other seeds are No. 3 Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic, No. 4 and last year’s runner-up Mikhail Youzhny of Russia, No. 5 Ivan Ljubicic of Croatia, No. 6 Viktor Troicki of Serbia, No. 7 Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus and No. 8 Ernests Gulbis of Latvia.
In the evening session, Berdych looks for his second win in as many meetings against Frenchman Jeremy Chardy, who is making his Dubai debut.
Jeremy Chardy (FRA) vs (3) Tomas Berdych (CZE) Berdych Leads 1-0
09 Munich (Germany) Clay SF Tomas Berdych 6-1 5-7 6-2
YTD W-L: 0-3
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 1
Date of Birth: February 12, 1987
South African Airways 2011 ATP Ranking: 51
SF: Chennai (l Wawrinka); QF: Australian Open (l Djokovic); Rotterdam (W/O vs Tsonga); Marseille (l Cilic)
YTD W-L: 10-3
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 5
Date of Birth: September 17, 1985
South African Airways 2011 ATP Ranking: 7
Berdych Rolls over Chardy
ATP NEWS | 21 Feb 2011
Berdych Cruises Through Opener
World No. 7 Tomas Berdych came through a rain-delayed encounter with Jeremy Chardy, 6-2, 6-3, on Monday evening to reach the second round of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, an ATP World Tour 500 hard-court tennis tournament.
The Czech third seed had broken serve twice to clinch the opening set, but trailed his French opponent 0-2 in the second set when rain suspended play for 28 minutes. At the resumption, though, Berdych came back strongly and won six of the remaining seven games to seal victory in 66 minutes.
“For me, it was very important, the game when we came from the locker room,” said Berdych. “If you have a set up and then it's 1-2 and you are back on serve or you are down 0-3, it's a very big difference. It gives me just a big confidence that I'm back in the second set, not giving to him a lot of chances to maybe take a set. Just was feeling very good on court.”
The 25-year-old Berdych, who has reached the quarter-finals or better at all four tournaments he has played this year – including at the Australian Open (l. to Djokovic) – improved to an 11-3 mark on the season.
Berdych breezes past Chardy to continue good form
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Berdych Advances To Second Round
Third-seeded Tomas Berdych joined eighth seed Ernests Gulbis in the second round of the Dubai Duty Free Men's Open, which got under way at the Dubai Tennis Stadium on Monday.
Berdych has had a good start to the season after making the semi-finals at the season-opening Chennai Open followed by three quarter-finals, including a loss to champion Novak Djokovicat the Australian Open. The Czech continued in the same fashion against JeremyChardy of France to win the set 6-2.
In the second set, however, it was the turn of the Frenchman to draw first blood in the very second game as Berdych trailed 0-2 when a brief five-minute drizzle sent the players and crowds campering away for cover.
When play resumed 20 minutes later, the third seed made full use of this interlude, registering a quick break and then held for 2-2. Berdych came up with a second break in the sixth and then served out set and match to win 6-3.
Berdych camp is attending the match
new physio Jose Felix Gonzales Castilla and coach Tomas Krupa is in Dubai
Round-up: Rain lifts Berdych in Dubai
Latest from opening day of Dubai Tennis Championships
The National | Gary Meenaghan
Rain stopped play last night at the Aviation Club, but it could not derail the charge of Tomas Berdych as the world No 7 smoothly dispatched Frenchman Jeremy Chardy 6-2, 6-3 in the first round of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.
The powerful Czech, who is visiting the Emirates for the second time in as many months after debuting at Abu Dhabi’s Mubadala World Tennis Championships in January, looked comfortable throughout the first-round match yesterday.
Following the late withdrawal of Andy Murray, the world No 5, Berdych is seeded third here behind Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic – who are both in action today – and showed why he is regarded so highly among the tennis fraternity with an impressive start that saw him win 11 of his first 12 service points.
The 25-year-old broke Chardy in the fifth game to take a lead, before then overpowering his opponent’s service game once more to take a 5-2 adavantage.
Serving for the set, Berdych made light work of any potential fight back, dominating the 51st-ranked Chardy and producing two aces.
“You know, for me, it was important to stay on my serve and then when I get my first chance, just to take it,” Berdych said.
“I can see it from the other side because it’s not that long since I was in this position; playing with the high-seed guys. [I know] It’s very tough when you lose the contact with your opponent in the beginning, it starts to roll over really fast.”
The second set did not start so brightly – both on and off the court. Berdych double-faulted while trailing 15-40 to fall two games behind, and the gray clouds that had shielded the sun in the afternoon finally provided the raindrops they had been threatening.
A 28-minute break ensued as staff hurriedly attempted to dry the court using towels and electric driers. And when the players returned, Berdych appeared to have taken the interval to collect his thoughts and immediately broke back.
“It definitely does not happen too often,” said Berdych of experiencing rain in the desert. “We can count the days on just one hand. It’s not more than that. But it happened for me in the match, and I think in the quite right moment. I had a little bit of time to settle down and talk with the coach.
“When I get back from the rain delay, I was trying to get back the rhythm from the beginning to be a little more aggressive.
Then it starts to work again almost perfectly. I’m a little bit too passive and just waiting for some mistakes or whatever, so we just made some little changes, and I went back on court and was very good.”
“Very good” does not come close. What followed was flawless tennis as Berdych won 16 of the last 20 points, including a straight run of 13 in successioni. He broke Chardy twice more to close the match out and later said he was “just feeling very good on the court”.
“I was not really aiming for some special and extreme shots,” Berdych said. “Just try to be as consistent and patient and with not too many mistakes; serving well, which is my good weapon. Pretty much everything worked solid.”
Berdych comfortably through to Round 2
Berdych Progresses Into Next Round With Ease
Tomas Berdych could thank a rare rain delay for helping him advance into the second round of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships in straight sets on Monday.
The third seeded Czech dominated the first set against Frenchman Jeremy Chardy, breaking for 3-2 when Chardy netted a forehand volley and then again for 5-2 with a winning forehand.
Chardy, though, began a fightback in the second set, playing more aggressively and reducing his errors, and after holding serve with an ace he broke to lead 2-0 when Berdych double-faulted. But after just one point of the next game there was a brief shower which took the players off the court to be replaced by an army to dry the surface, and when the players returned Berdych once again took control.
He immediately broke back, and went on to close out the match by dropping just four points in the last four games.
"Yeah, I mean, it’s definitely not happening too often, especially here in the desert," Berdych said of the rain. "Maybe we can count the days maybe on just one hand fingers. It’s not more than that.
"You know, it happened today for me in the match, and I think in the quite right moment. I had a little bit time to settle down, just, you know, talk with the coach because he saw it from the side, and I’m a little bit too passive and just waiting for some mistakes or whatever. So we just made some little bit change, and I went back on court and was very good."
Tomas obtains MP on Chardy's serve
Chardy sent packing by Berdych
Jeremy Chardy slipped in his comeback attempt following a rare rain delay and Tomas Berdych took full advantage to advance into the second round of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships 6-2, 6-3.
Berdych, the third seed at the Aviation Club, dominated the first set against Chardy, breaking for 3-2 when Chardy netted a forehand volley and then again for 5-2 with a winning forehand.
Chardy, though, began a fightback in the second set, playing more aggressively and reducing his errors, and after holding serve with an ace he broke to lead 2-0 when Berdych double-faulted.
But after just one point of the next game there was a brief shower which took the players off the court to be replaced by an army of people to dry the surface.
When the players returned Berdych once again took control. He immediately broke back, and went on to close out the match by dropping just four points in the last four games.
“Yeah, I mean, it’s definitely not happening too often, especially here in the desert,” Berdych said of the rain."
“Maybe we can count the days on just one hand fingers. It’s not more than that."
“However, it happened today for me at just the right moment. I had a little bit time to settle down, just talk with the coach because he saw it from the side."
“I was a little bit too passive and just waited for him to make some mistakes. So, we just made some little bit change, and I went back on court in a more aggressive manner and was very good.”