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2011 Wimbledon Round 4: Tomas Berdych vs Mardy Fish

Posted on June 27, 2011 at 11:10 AM


Tomas Berdych has advanced to the fourth round at Wimbledon. He will face Mardy Fish who beat Robin Haase of the Netherlands 6-3 6-7 (5-7) 6-2 1-1 ret. The match was awarded to Fish after Haase, who had been serving, appeared to injure his knee and could not continue.


 

  

 

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H2H Tomas Berdych vs Mardy Fish

It's a first meeting. They have never played against each other before.

 



 

 
 
 

 

[6] Tomas Berdych (CZE) vs [10] Mardy Fish (USA)


First Meeting - Third Match On Court 2


Nadal or del Potro will meet the winner of this first-time match-up. Berdych reached last year's final after he beat Roger Federer in the quarter-finals and Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals. He has never lost a five-set match at Wimbledon (4-0; 13-7 overall) and has yet to drop a set at the tournament this season. The 25-year-old Czech's beat grass-court result was winning the 2007 Gerry Weber Open (d. Baghdatis). Fish's previous best result at Wimbledon was reaching the third round on three previous occasions in 2003 (l. Federer), 2006 (l. Labadze) and 2009 (l. Djokovic). Fish won his first grass-court title at 2010 Campbell's Hall of Fame Tennis Championships (d. O. Rochus). It was his second grass court final of the year, having reached the final at 2010 AEGON Championships (l. Querrey). He has also reached grass-court finals at 2003 Nottingham (l. Rusedski) and 2004 Gerry Weber Open (l. Federer). Fish has won his last five five-set matches.


 






Order of Play - Monday, June 27, 2011


Court No. 2 - Matches Start At 12 noon


Ladies' Singles - 4th Round

Shuai Peng (CHN) [20] vs Maria Sharapova (RUS) [5]

 

Ladies' Singles - 4th Round

Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) [1] vs Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) [24]

 

Gentlemen's Singles - 4th Round

Mardy Fish (USA) [10] vs Tomas Berdych (CZE) [6]


Mixed Doubles - 2nd Round

Feliciano Lopez (ESP)/Andrea Petkovic (GER) vs David Marrero (ESP) [16]/Andrea Hlavackova (CZE) [16]


 

 

 

 
 
 

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Unfortunately... No Super Monday for Tomas!

 
 
 
 

 

 

 
 
 

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Tomas Berdych in action during his fourth round match against Mardy Fish of the United States on Day Seven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 27, 2011 in London, England. 





 

 






 

 

MATCH REPORT


Fine serving of Fish sets up victory


Monday, 27 June 2011 | by Matt Trollope


Mardy Fish defeated last year's losing finalist Tomas Berdych in straight sets 7-6(5), 6-4, 6-4 to maintain his authoritative form on the lawns of the All England Club.


The American, who has dropped just one set at this year's Championships, served brilliantly and put on an all-court tennis clinic throughout the one hour and 42 minute win as he reached the quarter-finals.


Berdych had progressed to the final 16 without losing any sets, a fact that had not escaped the American when he was interviewed after the match. "I knew he was playing well," Fish said. "But I had a couple of rounds under me to really get going and get comfortable on the grass … I had a great rhythm today."


Far different to the sun and blue sky that had graced the early stages of Day Seven, the match was played in sultry, overcast conditions on No.2 Court. It featured two big servers and was characterised by staccato points and routine service holds.


The opening set progressed, appropriately, to a tie-break, where Fish gained a mini-break to lead 3-1 and he maintained the advantage before clinching the set in 52 minutes thanks to a winning first serve.


While little separated the pair technically, it was Fish who was winning the mental battle, keeping his emotions level and contained while Berdych challenged line calls and engaged in dialogue with the chair umpire.


Despite this, Berdych seemed to right himself in a gruelling seventh game, saving three break points before powering a forehand winner and an ace to clinch a valuable service hold.


But two games later, Fish brought up another break point with a sensational running cross-court backhand that the Czech could not control, and converted when Berdych misfired on a down-the-line backhand. He later served out the set for a commanding lead.


Continuing his dominance in the third set, Fish broke in the third game after Berdych sent a swinging forehand volley wildly long over the baseline. The American forged ahead 3-1 after drawing the Czech into net with a well-disguised drop shot and angling a lovely backhand passing shot for a winner.


He maintained his buffer and was soon serving for the match. Despite blowing a 30-0 lead with two unforced errors, he served truly to bring up match point, and smashed away a Berdych lob on the next point to progress. Fish will now play top seed and champion Rafael Nadal in the quarter-finals.

 

 

 

 








Tomas was playing so well and the first rounds looked very promising... pity!








 

Excerpt from Mardy Fish's interview after his victory over Tomas

Q. Against him though today I guess returning somewhat important.


MARDY FISH: Yeah, sure. I mean, he's coming from another angle. I mean, he's a big guy. Tosses the ball real high. He gets up there high. I mean, when he hits hisspots you don't know where he's going. You know, you're sort of guessing. Sortof have a small inclination where he wants to go on the big points. He likesthe slider, this and that.


He hit the T serve as well on the deuce side. You know, sort of one ofthose things where you just try to take your opportunities when they come. Ithink for the most part he gave me that last break with the forehand volley thing that he tried. He would probably like to have that one back. Took advantage of most of my opportunities.



Q. Some guys are good at playing someone for the first time. Do you feel like you're a good first meeting player or not in your career?


MARDY FISH: Maybe, yeah. I don't know. That would be interesting. That would be another question for Sharko.


But, you know, we've practiced a lot. I've never played him, obviously. He takes some cuts at the ball, boy. He was playing at a real high level for the first set. You know, you're trying to feel each other out a little bit probably, having never played.


You know, he likes to see the ball and hit it hard. I don't think I was prepared as well for that type of style. You know, I mean, I thought maybe you can get in a couple rallies and things like that.


But it played quick. The humidity made it play pretty quick. Definitely the fastest conditions we've had here.

 

 


 




 
 

 

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