|Posted on February 23, 2011 at 2:51 PM|
Order of Play – Wednesday, February 23, 2011
CENTRE COURT - Starting At: 2:00 pm
Richard Gasquet (FRA) vs [Q] Sergiy Bubka (UKR)
Nikolay Davydenko (RUS) vs  Tomas Berdych (CZE)
Not Before 7:00 PM
Feliciano Lopez (ESP) vs  Novak Djokovic (SRB)
 Roger Federer (SUI) vs Marcel Granollers (ESP)
H2H Tomas Berdych / Nikolay Davydenko
by Greg Sharko ATP Staff| 23.02.2011
Berdych Tries to Reach Quarters
In the second match of the day, former World No. 3 Nikolay Davydenko takes a 9-1 career mark against Berdych. This will be the seventh straight year the two have met. Davydenko’s best result in Dubai was the semi-finals in 2008. Berdych is trying to reach the quarter-finals for the first time. He is 5-4 lifetime in Dubai, getting to the second round from 2005-08 and this year.
Nikolay Davydenko (RUS) vs (3) Tomas Berdych (CZE) Davydenko Leads 9-1
2005 Rotterdam (The Netherlands) Hard R16 Nikolay Davydenko 7-6[8[ 6-0
2005 Stuttgart (Germany) Clay QF Nikolay Davydenko 6-4 6-2
2005 ATP Masters Series Montreal Hard R32 Nikolay Davydenko 5-7 6-1 6-3
2006 Sydney (Australia) Hard R32 Nikolay Davydenko 7-6(4)6-3
2007 Australian Open (Australia) Hard R16 Nikolay Davydenko 5-7 6-4 6-1 7-6(5)
2007 ATP Masters Series Cincinnati Hard R16 Nikolay Davydenko 6-3 6-2
2008 RUS vs. CZE WG QF (Russia) Clay RR Nikolay Davydenko 6-3 2-6 6-7(5) 6-3 1-2 ret
2008 ATP Masters Series Paris (France) Hard R16 Nikolay Davydenko 6-1 6-1
2009 Wimbledon (Great Britain) Grass R32 Tomas Berdych 6-2 6-3 6-2
2010 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Paris Hard R16 Nikolay Davydenko 4-6 7-6(5) 6-0
F: Doha (l Federer)
YTD W-L: 5-4
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 20
Date of Birth: June 2, 1981
South African Airways 2011 ATP Ranking: 39
• Davydenko, 29, has an 8-6 career mark in Dubai and his best result was the semi-finals three years ago (l. to Lopez)…Also a quarter-finalist in 2005 (l. to Agassi)
• The Russian veteran opened the season by reaching the final in Doha, defeating World No. 1 Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals before losing to Federer 6-3, 6-4
• Then lost three straight opening round matches – Australian Open (l. to F. Mayers), Rotterdam (l. to Llodra) and Marseille (l. to Simon)
• He ranks No. 39 for the second straight week and the last time he was this low came on Oct. 11, 2004 when he ranked No. 43
• Has a 36-53 career mark vs. Top 10 opponents (4-3 in 2010, 1-1 this season)
SF: Chennai (l Wawrinka); QF: Australian Open (l Djokovic); Rotterdam (W/O vs Tsonga); Marseille (l Cilic)
YTD W-L: 11-3
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 5
Date of Birth: September 17, 1985
South African Airways 2011 ATP Ranking: 7
• Berdych, 25, has a 5-4 match record in Dubai and he is attempting to reach the quarter-finals for the first time…He lost in the second round from 2005-08
• The top player from the Czech Republic has an 11-3 mark this season and a quarter-finalist or better in all four of his previous tournaments
• He opened the year with a semi-final in Chennai (l. to Wawrinka) and followed with quarter-final efforts at the Australian Open (l. to Djokovic), Rotterdam (W/O vs. Tsonga) and Marseille last week (l. to Cilic)
Tomas Berdych returns against Nikolay Davydenko during their second-round match
Image Credit: Francois Nel
Lucky me, I can watch Tomas in Dubai.
It happens that Dubai Sports and TSR (Swiss TV)... both channels are on HotBird satellite.
ATP NEWSThird seed Tomas Berdych reached his fifth tour-level quarter-final of the year on Wednesday after he beat Nikolay Davydenko 6-3, 7-6(5) in one hour and 43 minutes at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships. He improved to a 2-9 mark against the former Top 10-ranked Russian.
On form: Berdych negotiated his way past Davydenko
Dubai Tennis Championships: Berdych beats Davydenko
Wednesday, 23 February 2011
Tomas Berdych outfoxed his old foe Nikolay Davydenko 6-3, 7-6 (7-5) to advance to the last eight of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.
Heading into the match at the Aviation Club, Davydenko boasted a 9-1 head-to-head record against his Czech counterpart, although Berdych could point to a win in their last meeting at Wimbledon.
That tournament was of course where the world No.7 announced himself to the world as he beat seven-time champion Roger Federer in the quarter-finals en route to the final where he eventually succumbed to Rafael Nadal.
And having continued that fine form throughout the remainder of 2010, Berdych is once again showing at the start of this year that he certainly has the weapons in his arsenal to trouble the best in the game on a consistent basis.
He simply had to much for Davydenko here, who despite winning his first round clash against Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, had been on a four match losing streak as he continues his comeback back from a serious wrist injury.
The Russian did show flashes of his brilliance, his booming forehand still one of most potent shots on the Tour wehn in full flight, but Berdych handles everything throw at him in impressive fashion.
Having eased through the first set, the third seed then saved two set points at 4-5 in the second before sealing the victory in the tie break.
He will now meet Philipp Petzschner in the quarter-finals after the German overcame compatriot Philipp Kohlschreiber in a three-set slug fest 6-0, 4-6, 6-2.
Tomas Berdych serves the ball to Nikolay Davydenko
Berdych drops Davydenko to reach Dubai quarters
Feb 23, 2011, 14:24 GMT
Dubai - Tomas Berdych reached his first quarter-final at the Dubai Championships Wednesday, dealing Nikolay Davydenko out 6-3, 7-6 (7-5) to line up at the Aviation club against Philipp Petzschner.
Third-seeded Wimbledon finalist Berdych reversed a massive loss streak against former number three Davydenko, who led 9-1. It marked the seventh straight year the two have met.
Davydenko, the 2008 Dubai semi-finalist, almost took it into a third set as he fought back in the second-set tiebreaker from 2-5 down. But a forehand long at 5-5 gave the Czech a match point, which Davydenko lost from a forehand wide by just a few centimetres.
Davydenko now finds his tennis in crisis. "It's really difficult now situation just because I lost first round at the Australian Open and Rotterdam and Marseille," said the Russian. "The confidence is very low."
"It's important now to find my game. I saw today that when I control the baseline, I can play really much better win more points."
Davydenko also admitted he's made another racquet switch, another complicating factor on court. "After Marseille I changed racquets again. I come back to my old racquet. My baseline control is much better. I barely had five months with the old one."
Berdych stands 2-1 over Petzschner, though the German won their last match in May, 2010, in Munich.
Tomas Berdych claimed his second win in 11 meetings with Nikolay Davydenko in Dubai.
Berdych advances to quarterfinals in Dubai
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Third-seeded Tomas Berdych reached the quarterfinals of the Dubai Championships on Wednesday, overcoming a gritty challenge from former No. 3-ranked Nikolay Davydenko 6-3, 7-6 (5).
Berdych is one of only three seeds left in the tournament. Eighth-seeded Ernests Gulbis of Latvia was upset by Sergiy Stakhovsky of Ukraine, 6-3, 5-7, 6-1.
In the other early match, Frenchman Richard Gasquet overcame a 5-2 deficit in the second set to beat Ukrainian qualifier Sergei Bubka 6-2, 7-5.
The seventh-ranked Berdych appeared to be on his way to an easy victory, breaking the Russian to go up 5-1 in the first set. But Davydenko won two straight games before the Czech closed out the set.
Davydenko, who had several missed volleys and errant forehands in the first set, settled down in the second. He had two sets points at 5-4, but Berdych saved the first with an ace and the second when Davydenko overhit a forehand.
Berdych failed to serve out the match after breaking for a 6-5 lead, but won two straight points from 5-5 in the tiebreaker to win.
"It was a quite big test for me," Berdych said. "Especially against Nikolay, it's tough because he likes to play fast. He likes to play long rallies, and he's very solid from the baseline."
Davydenko was dejected after the loss, saying it was the latest blow to his confidence.
"It's really difficult now (the) situation because I lost in the first round of the Australian Open and Rotterdam, Marseille," he said. "For me, it's important now to find my game."
Tomas Berdych advances to quarterfinals in Dubai