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2012 Australian Open Round 1: Tomas Berdych vs Albert Ramos

Posted on January 16, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Tomas will face Spaniard Albert Ramos, the world number 67, in the first round, an opponent he has never played before.


Order of Play - Monday, January 16, 2012

Margaret Court Arena - Match Start At 11:00 AM

Women's Singles - 1st Round

Casey Dellacqua (AUS) vs Bojana Jovanovski (SRB)

Men's Singles - 1st Round

Tomas Berdych (CZE) [7] vs Albert Ramos (ESP)

Men's Singles - 1st Round

Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR) [13] vs Greg Jones (AUS)

Women's Singles - 1st Round

Laura Robson (GBR) vs Jelena Jankovic (SRB) [13]



 Tomas Berdych Advances to Second Round


Tomas Berdych reaches the Australian Open second round on Monday

By Ricky Dimon (tennistalk)


(7) Tomas Berdych d. Albert Ramos 7-5, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3


Playing his first ATP match of the season, Berdych started slow but then ran away from Ramos during first-round Australian Open action on Monday afternoon in Melbourne. Berdych fired seven aces and won 88 percent of his first-serve points to prevail after two hours and 52 minutes of play. The seventh-ranked Czech survived a tough opening set by breaking at 6-5, but Ramos needed just one break of his own to take the second.


While the 23-year-old Spaniard had momentum, it only proved to be a wakeup call for Berdych. The No. 7 seed saved all three of the break points he faced throughout the third and fourth sets to keep the pressure on Ramos. A break ended set three in style and Berdych added one more break in the fourth before serving it out at 5-3. Next up for the victor is Auckland runner-up Olivier Rochus



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Tomas Berdych advances to second round


Tomas Berdych celebrates his win over Albert Ramos



 By Christopher Mayers (bettor)

Tomas Berdych knocks out Albert Ramos-Vinolas in the opening round

World number seven, Tomas Berdych of Czech Republic, commenced the year’s first Grand Slam title, the Australian Open, campaign with a success against the Spaniard, Albert Ramos-Vinolas, at the Margaret Court Arena in Melbourne. Both players locked horns for the first time in their professional career and Berdych dropped just one set before confirming the second round spot; final scores were 7-5, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 in favour of the Czech.

First set initiated in sloppy manner, with both players hanging on to their respective serves in the first five games, pushing the scores to 3-2. A breathtaking speedy winner across the court from the Czech earned him the crucial breakpoint and the scores moved to 4-2. Counter break serve by Vinolas in the ninth game helped him to diminish the trail; levelled the scores to 5-5 in the next game. Vital breakthrough in the twelfth game for the Czech helped him bag the first set in grand fashion.

Third game of the second set proved to be the turning point in the match, as the inferior ranked Vinolas broke his opponent’s serve to take the lead that lasted till the end of the set. He stunned the attendants at the arena by his ability to hang on to that minor lead. The third set started sluggishly but picked up momentum in the midst, as Berdych claimed the first successful breakthrough of the set in the fourth game. He broke again in the eighth game to round off the set proceedings and take 2-1 set lead.

The most exciting feature of the third set was the two successive lobbed returns from the Spaniard that received a cruel treatment from the Czech, who struck two fiery winners off the volleys to delight the spectators. It was not over yet because the Spaniard had already showed that he can come from behind so everyone was thinking on the same lines.

Stunning start to the fourth set for the Czech helped him grab the first three games to his name; broke his opponent’s serve once and took 3-0 lead upfront. It was such a crucial break that rounded off the set to his favour as no more breaks were witnessed in the remaining games. He marches into the second round of the tournament.




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Tomas Berdych in action during his first round match in Melbourne on January 13, 2012



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