|Posted on March 25, 2012 at 11:00 AM|
Today Tomas will play his third round match in Miami. He will face world number 101 Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria. They have played against each other once before, in 2009 on hard in Rotterdam. Dimitrov won in three sets. The match will be the first one on Stadium, it is scheduled to start at 11:00 AM.
H2H Tomas Berdych vs Grigor Dimitrov
Order of Play – Sunday, March 25, 2012
STADIUM - Starting At: 11:00 am
Tomas BERDYCH (CZE) vs Grigor DIMITROV (BUL)
Not Before 1:00 PM
WTA - Venus WILLIAMS (USA) vs Aleksandra WOZNIAK (CAN)
Not Before 3:00 PM
WTA - Daniela HANTUCHOVA (SVK) vs Ana IVANOVIC (SRB)
Radek STEPANEK (CZE) vs Rafael NADAL (ESP)
Starting at 7:30 PM
WTA - Victoria AZARENKA (BLR) vs Heather WATSON (GBR)
Not Before 9:30 PM
Florian MAYER (GER) vs John ISNER (USA)
Miami Sunday Briefing
NADAL, BERDYCH, ISNER HEADLINE STADIUM PLAY
• Two former Sony Ericsson Open finalists and the ATP World Tour’s newest Top 10 member take on very talented challengers on Stadium Sunday as the third round begins at the ATP Masters 1000 tournament.
• First up is No. 7 seed Tomas Berdych against Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov. Berdych has played well in Miami in the past, reaching the fourth round or better in his last four appearances, including a run to the final in 2010 (losing to Roddick). Dimitrov did win their only previous meeting, 46 63 64 in the first round of Rotterdam in 2009, but not only did Berdych miss out on all kinds of opportunities in that match (he won just one of 10 break points), but he was a much different player at the time (he was ranked No. 23 then and No. 7 now). The 20-year-old Dimitrov is 0-9 against Top 10 players.
• In the final day session match, World No. 2 Rafael Nadal takes a 5-0 mark against No. 25 Radek Stepanek. Nadal has never won the title here, reaching the final three times (2005, ‘08 and ’11) and he has also reached the quarter-finals or better the last five years. In his third round match he faces Stepanek, who has never been to the quarter-finals here but who has been to the fourth round six times. The 33-year-old Czech veteran has always been trouble against the big names, with 22 career Top 10 wins, but he has never beaten anyone ranked this high (he is 0-16 against Top 2 players).
• At night, No. 10 seed John Isner faces No. 19 Florian Mayer. Isner had a breakthrough fortnight at Indian Wells, getting his first win over a reigning World No. 1 by defeating Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals, reaching his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final and subsequently breaking into the Top 10; now he takes on German No. 1 Mayer, who has a breakthrough year last year but has not had a great start this year: while Isner has gone 15-5, Mayer is only 3-6 this year, although he does have eight Top 10 wins to his name; the 26-year-old Isner and 28-year-old Mayer will be playing each other for the first time
• The 26-year-old Czech Republic native is 17-7 lifetime in Miami and he’s trying to reach the fourth round or better for the fifth straight year…Has a 2-5 mark vs. Top 10 opponents and has lost to a Top 10 foe the past four years
• His best result was two years ago when he reached the final with wins over No. 1 Federer (4R) and No. 7 Soderling (SF) before losing to No. 8 Roddick
• Last year lost in the quarter-finals to No. 1 Nadal…In 2009, lost to No. 3 Djokovic in the fourth round and in 2008, fell to No. 2 Nadal in the semi-finals
W: Montpellier (d Monfils); SF: Rotterdam (l Del Potro); QF: Australian Open (l Nadal); Dubai (l Murray)
2012 in Review:
• The World No. 7 comes in with an outstanding 17-4 match record on the season (all on hard courts) in his sixth tournament…Three of his losses have come to Top 10 opponents (1-3 mark) and overall he is 1-5 vs. Top 15 foes…His best win came over No. 10 Almagro in the fourth round at the Australian Open
• His best result was capturing his seventh career ATP World Tour title in Montpellier, France last month (d. Monfils in final); has reached QFs or better at three other tournaments
• He was a semi-finalist in Rotterdam (l. to No. 10 del Potro) and quarter-finalist at Australian Open (l. to No. 2 Nadal) and Dubai (l. to No. 4 Murray)
• In his last outing in Indian Wells, defeated Stakhovsky and Roddick before losing to No. 12 Almagro 64 60 in the fourth round
• The 20-year-old Bulgarian is in the third round for the first time after posting wins over Mikhail Kukushkin 62 62 and No. 29 seed Juan Ignacio Chela 62 46 64
• In his previous appearance last year qualified and lost in the first round to Sergiy Stakhovsky 62 64
2012 in Review:
• The Bulgarian native enters the third round with a 4-4 match record on the season and this is the first tournament he’s won back-to-back matches
• He is appearing in his fifth ATP World Tour main draw of the year and his previous best results were second round finishes at the Australian Open (d. Chardy, l. to Almagro in five sets) and Indian Wells (d. Dodig, l. to Ferrer)
• He is 0-2 this season against Top 10 opponents (0-9 in career)…In his first career Top 10 match vs. No. 1 Nadal in Rotterdam in February 2009, lost in three sets
Tomas Berdych lost to Grigor Dimitrov... once again
Tomas in action during Miami Round 3 on Sunday, March 25, 2012
Berdych crashes out
There was a surprise defeat for seventh seed Tomas Berdych at the Sony Ericsson Open on Sunday.
Czech Berdych lost 6-3 2-6 6-4 to rising Bulgarian star Grigor Dimitrov.
This was a big blow for TomasBerdych. Last year he reached the quarter finals in Key Biscane so this earlyexit will cost him a lot of points.
Dimitrov Stuns Berdych
Berdych shockedEurosport | March 25, 2012
Grigor Dimitrov secured his first ever win over top-ten opposition with an epic three-set upset of Tomas Berdych.
The Bulgarian rattled his Czech opponent with a 6-3 win in the first set, but looked to have peaked to soon when Berdych made short work of the second set, taking it 6-2.
But an engrossing decider remained dead heat after eight games until Dimitrov broke the serve of his opponent with crucial timing before wrapping up a massive victory from deuce.
He will now meet Janko Tipsarevic, who defeated Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-4 5-7 6-2 in another gripping encounter to go the distance.
Grigor Dimitrov shocks Tomas Berdych to reach round four
By Rocky Kahn (bettor)
Bulgarian star, Grigor Dimitrov, rallied past the seventh seed, Tomas Berdych, in a three set thriller at the Sony Ericsson Open 2012 on Sunday. He formulated a 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 victory over the Czech to book a spot in the fourth round at this hard court tournament taking place at Key Biscayne, Miami.
The underdog remained focused throughout the two hours and 15-minute marathon to carve out the victory against Berdych. The contestants previously met each other at the Rotterdam ATP event three years ago and after earning the limelight in this match, Dimitrov extended his lead in the FedEx ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) Head 2 Head series by 2-0 against the Czech.
"Today was a great match, a great day for me," said the beaming Bulgarian after the match. "I didn't expect to play that well. I didn't make enough first serves, though. [I] got a bit lucky at 4-4 in the third [set], and I was happy to close the match."
Ranked 101st in the South African Airways ATP World Tour Rankings, Dimitrov made quick in-roads. He bagged the opener with a 6-3 win after cashing in one out of two break opportunities in the eighth game. The Bulgarian plucked his entire serves after dusting away both breakpoints he encountered.
The frustrated higher ranked contender went out of control in the second set and plucked the opening three games successively with a break of serve. He then kept remaining serves and capitalised on his second break chance in the last game to seal the equaliser by winning six games to two.
Dimitrov went into the overdrive mode in the final set and pulled out the victory with a 6-4 score line. He cashed in the lone break opportunity in the ninth game and then kept his serve once more to steal the show.
Next challenge for the Bulgarian is the world number nine, Janko Tipsarevic, who overpowered Alexandr Dolgopolov in three sets to set-up this clash. The Serb got the better of the 18th seed in almost two hours with a 6-4, 5-7, 6-2 score line in their first meeting.
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