|Posted on May 21, 2012 at 1:00 PM|
Name: Power Horse World Team Cup
Category: ATP World Tour 250
Place: Düsseldorf, Germany
Date: 20.05.2012 - 26.05.2012
Draw Size: S-RR D-RR
Prize Money: € 800,000
Total Financial Commitment: € 1,300,000
Power Horse World Team Cup
The tournament features eight top tennis nations in a round robin format during the week. Among the players competing are seventh-ranked Tomas Berdych (Czech Republic), eighth-ranked Janko Tipsarevic (Serbia), former World No. 1 Andy Roddick (United States), and Philipp Kohlschreiber, who leads reigning champion Germany.
Berdych Leads Czechs
Tomas Berdych is one of two Top 10 players confirmed in Dusseldorf and will look to lead the Czech Republic to its first title since 1981. He is joined by Radek Stepanek.
First Result between Czech Republic and Japan
Sunday, May 20, 2012
Single match: Tatsuma Ito (JPN) d. Radek Stepanek (CZE) 3-6 6-4 6-4
DUSSELDORF MONDAY PREVIEW
GERMANY, JAPAN, SERBIA LOOK TO WIN OPENING GROUP TIES
• Reigning champion Germany, first-time participant Japan and 2009 winner Serbia take 1-0 leads into singles and doubles action on Monday. Each country opened with wins on Sunday. Argentina already clinched its opener vs. the U.S. by winning both Red Group matches.
• Leading off the Blue Group on Centre Court I is Germany’s No. 2 player Florian Mayer against Russian Igor Andreev, who won the previous meeting in the semi-finals of Bucharest in 2004. Mayer was a member of last year’s winning squad as he compiled a 3-0 singles mark. This is his fourth appearance in Duesseldorf and he comes in with a 5-3 mark. Mayer was hampered by a hip strain early in the season and he has a match record of 5-12 in 2012 after last year putting together a career-best season with 11 quarter-finals or better and breaking into the Top 20. Andreev helped his country to the final in 2008, winning three of four singles matches. This season he’s compiled a 10-8 match record, highlighted by a semi-final showing in Casablanca last month.
• In the next match on in Blue Group play, Serbian World No. 8 Janko Tipsarevic and Croat Ivo Karlovic meet for the third time (tied 1-1), the first on clay. Tipsarevic, who went 3-1 in 2009 while leading his country to its first World Team Cup title, is putting together another consistent season on the ATP World Tour with a 22-11 match record. He’s reached one ATP World Tour final, two semi-finals and three quarter-finals. Karlovic has compiled an 8-9 match record on the year and he’s looking to register his first clay court match win of the campaign (0-3). The Croat’s best result was the quarter-finals in Zagreb in February. Karlovic is looking to break a five-match losing streak vs. Top 10 opponents since defeating No. 6 David Ferrer in Indian Wells in March 2011. Karlovic’s last Top 10 win on clay came over No. 8 James Blake at Roland Garros five years ago.
• Following the singles matches, there will be a pair of doubles matches, with Germany-Russia and Serbia-Croat squaring off.
• On Centre Court 2, Argentines Carlos Berlocq and Juan Ignacio Chela will resume with a 76 4-1 lead against Americans James Blake and Ryan Harrison. The next singles match features World No. 7 Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic against Go Soeda of Japan. Berdych won the previous meeting in Tokyo in October 2009. Berdych is putting together another solid season by reaching the quarter-finals or better in seven tournaments, including a runner-up at ATP Masters 1000 Madrid last Sunday (l. to Federer). Soeda is ranked No. 61, just two spots off his career-best on April 30. Soeda has compiled a 22-4 mark in Challenger play with three titles. He is 4-4 in ATP World Tour level play.
H2H Tomas Berdych vs Go Soeda
HEAD TO HEAD
Tomas Berdych (CZE) vs Go Soeda (JPN) Berdych Leads 1-0
2009 Tokyo (Japan) Hard R32 Tomas Berdych 6-2 6-4
W: Montpellier (d Monfils); F: ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid (l Federer); SF (2): Rotterdam (l Del Potro); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Monte Carlo (l Djokovic); QF(3): Australian Open (l Nadal); Dubai (l Murray); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Rome (l Nadal)
YTD W-L: 28-8 (11-3 on clay)
YTD Titles: 1
Career Titles: 7
Date of Birth: September 17, 1985
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 7
- Sixth Tournament Appearance (2005-'08, ’10) in Duesseldorf (12-4 record)
SF: Chennai (l Tipsarevic)
YTD W-L: 4-4 (0-1 on clay)
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: September 5, 1984
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 61
- First Tournament Appearance
Order of Play – Monday, May 21, 2012
Centre Court 2 - Matches Start At: 12:30 pm
Possible Court Change TBF 7/6(2) 4/1
Carlos Berlocq (ARG)/Juan Ignacio Chela (ARG) vs James Blake (USA) Ryan Harrison (USA)
Not Before 1:00 PM
Tomas Berdych (CZE) vs Go Soeda (JPN)
Not Before 3:00 PM
Doubles: Czech Republic vs Japan
Berdych handles heavy conditions to help Czechs to victory
Dusseldorf (dpa) - Tomas Berdych put his clay experience to use on a court which had taken an overnight soaking as he stopped Japan′s Go Soeda 6-1, 3-6, 6-1 Monday to help the Czech Republic earn a 2-1 victory over the debutant Asian nation at the World Team Cup.
Number seven Berdych, losing finalist in Madrid this month to Roger Federer, showed why he has reached the quarter-finals or better in seven tournaments as he dominated the 61st-ranked Japanese player in the eight-nation competition, a final tune-up for the French Open, which begins on Sunday.
The Red group match at the Rochusclub was played on a dry day after heavy rain and hailstones fell in the area on Sunday.
"The clay surprised me, after the rain the courts were in pretty good condition. They were a bit slower but that will always happen," said Berdych, a French Open semi-finalist in 2010.
After Sunday's upset win by Japan's Tashuma Ito over Radek Stepanek, the Czechs finished off a 2-1 round-robin victory as Frantisek Cermak teamed with Stepanek in the doubles to defeat Ito and Soeda 6-2, 7-6 (7-4).
ATP Homepage of Monday, May 21, 2012