|Posted on March 29, 2011 at 6:22 PM|
Tomas progressed to the next round! I'm still in Spain and could watch the match on their sport channel Teledeporte, Believe me, Tomas was made to work hard for his 7-6 7-5 victory over Carlos Berlocq. After his straight sets triumph over the Argentinian, he’ll face unseeded German Florian Mayer in the fourth round of the Sony Ericsson Open. Florian Mayer had an impressive win against 11th seed Nicolas Almagro 6-1, 3-6, 6-1.Vorsicht! Pass auf Tomas!
H2H Tomas Berdych vs Florian Mayer
Order of Play - Tuesday, March 29, 2011 GRANDSTAND Starting At: 11:00 am David FERRER (ESP) vs Marcel GRANOLLERS (ESP) followed by John ISNER (USA) vs Kevin ANDERSON (RSA) Not Before 5:00 PM Florian MAYER (GER) vs Tomas BERDYCH (CZE) followed by  V Troicki (SRB) vs  N Djokovic (SRB) - ATP followed by Janko TIPSAREVIC (SRB) vs Gilles SIMON (FRA)
Order of Play - Tuesday, March 29, 2011
GRANDSTAND Starting At: 11:00 am
David FERRER (ESP) vs Marcel GRANOLLERS (ESP)
John ISNER (USA) vs Kevin ANDERSON (RSA)
Not Before 5:00 PM
Florian MAYER (GER) vs Tomas BERDYCH (CZE)
 V Troicki (SRB) vs  N Djokovic (SRB) - ATP
Janko TIPSAREVIC (SRB) vs Gilles SIMON (FRA)
Tomas Berdych defeats Florian Mayer to reach quarterfinals at the 2011 Sony Ericsson Open. A big, big win! I know the stress of being a Berdych fan + there was a long rain delay, which did not help. I'm in Spain until the end of March and was delighted to watch the match on Teledeporte.
'Fighter' - Christina Aguilera
'Cause it makes me that much stronger
Makes me work a little bit harder
It makes me that much wiser
So thanks for making me a fighter'
MATCH REPORT - Eurosport
Next up on Grandstand, world number seven Tomas Berdych is up against Germany's Florian Mayer! The world number 39 has never beaten Berdych, after three previous meetings, but Mayer will fancy his chances today after edging past 11th-seed Nicolas Almagro yesterday!
BERDYCH 1-0 - Berdych holds to 15, thanks to four thumping first serves. Comfortable opener for the Czech, on an increasingly humid afternoon in Miami!
BERDYCH 1-1 - Less comprehensive start from Mayer, who misses the opportunity to convert game point at 40-30 with a forehand approach over the baseline. Berdych sends a poor forehand into the other side of the net to hand over the game
BERDYCH 2-1 - Berdych cruises through another hold, hitting his second ace of the match on game point. The Czech has won seven out of seven points on his first serve so far, which is pretty impressive!
BERDYCH 3-2 - Berdych earns the first break point of the match from deuce, but he's powerless to convert it as Mayer digs out a couple of big first serves to save the game. Berdych responds with another no-nonsense hold, and is up to 10 points won from 10 first serves in just three service games! Very impressive from the Czech, and Mayer is getting nowhere near his return games at the moment
BERDYCH 3-3 - Mayer responds with a well-worked hold of his own, and he's just starting to grow into this set!
BERDYCH 4-3 - Berdych gets his nose back in front with a booming ace out wide, and he still hasn't dropped a single point on his first serve!
BERDYCH 5-3 - BREAK! Mayer responds with a massive ace of his own - smashed down the line for 30-15 - but Berdych turns on the style to earn a break point with a sliced backhand down the right sideline. He snaps it up with a more orthodox backhand winner, and the Czech will now serve for the set!
BERDYCH 6-3 - SET! Berdych puts the pressure on himself with a couple of overly-aggressive groundstrokes, and a long backhand hands Mayer a break point at 30-40. Berdych plays a clever game in the next point, however, keeping the ball in play and watching Mayer over-hit a forehand of his own for deuce. The Czech's serve digs him out of trouble again from deuce, and he holds on to take the game, and the first set!
Uh oh. This doesn't look too good! There's a brief break in play as a very light shower covers the court with a sprinkling of water. Hopefully this will only be a very short break, which is what the satellites are indicating...
Play has been suspended! It really is a very light sprinkling of rain at the moment, but the courts have been deemed unsafe to play on. Hopefully the heat will speed up the drying process, and we'll be back in a few moments...
Good news! The rain has stopped, there's a whole host of ball-boys on the court doing their bit with towels, and it shouldn't be too long until play gets back underway!
BERDYCH 6-3 0-1 - We're back underway on Grandstand Court! Mayer immediately rattles through a hold of serve to kick things off, and he's showing no ill-effects of the lengthy break
BERDYCH 6-3 0-2 - BREAK! The break does appear to have had an effect on Tomas Berdych, though! The Czech completely loses his first serve accuracy, and a rash of unforced errors hand over an early break to Mayer!
BERDYCH 6-3 1-3 - Mayer holds serve comfortably to leave Berdych three games behind, before the Czech finally gets a bit of oomph behind his shots to get his name on the board in this second set!
BERDYCH 6-3 1-4 - Mayer gets another game on the board to leave Berdych floundering once again, and he looks utterly dominant in this second set! He's dropped just one point from his three service games so far - Berdych just can't find the shots to get back into the contest!
BERDYCH 6-3 2-5 - Berdych is struggling to get anything against Mayer's serve at the moment, and the chances to break are dwindling with every passing moment. Both players hold again, and Mayer is now just one game away from taking this match to a third set
BERDYCH 6-3 2-6 - SET! Berdych fires yet another wayward groundstroke long from the baseline to hand Mayer a set point on the Czech's serve. The German nets a lacklustre approach, though, surrendering the chance to wrap up the set. Berdych continues to misfire from deuce, howerver, and hands over the break - and second set - to Mayer, who really hasn't had to work particularly hard for it!
BERDYCH 6-3 2-6 0-1 - Mayer picks up right where he left off in the second set, slamming a winner along the right line for 40-30, and hammering an ace right onto the corner of the service box to snap up the opening game of the final set
BERDYCH 6-3 2-6 1-1 - Berdych fires a backhand down the left sideline which Mayer just can't dig back, and earns a scrappy hold of serve. It's still Mayer dictating the points, however, and Berdych's team is looking increasingly worried!
BERDYCH 6-3 2-6 2-2 - Mayer continues his unerring run of comfortable games on serve, and he's dropped just five points on serve since the rain delay! It's a staggering statistic, and indicative of the rising fortunes of the German, comined with the slump Berdych is still plodding through. Berdych fights back with a hold of his own, but he's still second best at the moment
BERDYCH 6-3 2-6 2-3 - Berdych misses a simple smash to put Mayer under real pressure, and Mayer holds on to another hold of serve. The Czech needs to up his game considerably in this match, if he's to have any chance of breaking through the unflagging German
BERDYCH 6-3 2-6 3-4 - It's as you were on Grandstand, where Berdych manages to keep pace before Mayer gets his nose back in front without too much hassle. It's been a very impressive performance from the German since the rain break!
BERDYCH 6-3 2-6 4-4 - Mayer hits an absolute stunner of a forehand to go 15-0 up on Berdych's serve, and follows up with another for 30-0. A big serve from Berdych claws him back into the game, and the Czech pins Mayer to the back of the court before smashing his way level at the net. He goes on to seal the hold, and the pressure shifts back across to Mayer!
BERDYCH 6-3 2-6 4-5 - Mayer holds again, with a confidence that belies his world ranking - 32 places lower than seventh-placed Berdych! The Czech is going to have to serve to stay in the match, then...
BERDYCH 6-3 2-6 5-6 - Berdych keeps pace by holding serve, but Mayer hits right back with another comfortable hold of his own to 15. That's 27 points won off 29 first-serve points in these last two sets, and the German has been quite phenomenal
BERDYCH 6-3 2-6 6-6 - Mayer goes 15-0 up with one of the shots of the tournament - diving low to his left and somehow dinking a drop-volley back over the net from ground level! A couple of big serves from Berdych nick the next couple of points, but a long forehand from the Czech keep Mayer level at 30-all. Berdych takes the next point, but Mayer forces deuce with a ripped forehand to the left baseline corner. After a lengthy scrap from deuce, Berdych eventually holds, and we'll have a tie-break!
BERDYCH 6-3 2-6 7-6(4) - GAME, SET & MATCH! Berdych roars with delight as he finally secures a nervy route through to the quarter-finals! What a match that was, and its incredibly harsh on Mayer who put up one heck of a fight against the world number seven!
What a match! Tomas Berdych in action against Florian Mayer. Enjoy!