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2012 French Open Round 3: Tomas Berdych vs Kevin Anderson

Posted on June 1, 2012 at 11:00 AM


On Wednesday Tomas beat Frenchman Michael Llodra by 6-2 6-3 6-3 to reach the third round of the French Open. He next faces the 31st Seed South African Kevin Anderson [ATP 34] for a fourth round spot. They have played against each other twice before. Tomas won both matches.




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H2H Tomas Berdych vs Kevin Anderson


Order of Play – Friday, June 1, 2012

Court 1 – Matches Start At: 11:00 AM

Men's Singles - 3rd Round

Kevin Anderson (RSA) [31] vs Tomas Berdych (CZE) [7]

Women's Singles - 3rd Round

Nadia Petrova (RUS) [27] vs Samantha Stosur (AUS) [6]

Men's Singles - 3rd Round

Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG) [9] vs Marin Cilic (CRO) [21]

Women's Singles - 3rd Round

Angelique Kerber (GER) [10] vs Flavia Pennetta (ITA) [18]




Berdych Survives Five-Set Anderson Battle

by ATP Staff | 01.06.2012

Seventh-seeded Czech Tomas Berdych survived a three-hour and 52-minute battle against No. 31 seed Kevin Anderson of South African for a 6-4, 3-6, 6-7(4), 6-4, 6-4 victory on Court 1 Friday at Roland Garros. It was Berdych's 34th win of the year (34-9 record). Two years ago, he reached the semi-finals (l. to Soderling).

Anderson who had never won a set against fellow 26-year-old Berdych in two meetings, broke twice in the second set and clinched the third set when Berdych mis-timed a jump smash in the tie-break. But Berdych fought back to improve to 17-4 on red dirt in 2012.

Berdych, who is now one victory shy of 350 wins in his career (349-200), converted four of six break point opportunities and hit 10 aces and 57 winners. Anderson struck 22 aces, but won 47 per cent of his second service points. He drops to a 18-12 season record.

In one second round match, suspended due to bad light on Thursday, Spain's No. 20 seed Marcel Granollers required 78 minutes to clinch the fifth set 7-5 for victory over Malek Jaziri of Tunisia. The pair resumed at two sets all - 7-6(1), 3-6, 6-1, 3-6.




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Berdych Breaks Down Anderson in Five-Set Thriller


Tomas Berdych dropped his serve twice in a hard-fought win over Kevin Anderson

Berdych survives four-hour marathon to progress

ESPN staff | June 1, 2012

Tomas Berdych was given a real test of his staying power as he outlasted Kevin Anderson to reach the fourth round of the French Open.

The No. 7 seed fended off the big-serving South African to claim a hard-fought 6-4 3-6 6-7(4) 6-4 6-4 victory after nearly four hours on court.

He could meet former US Open champion Juan Martin Del Potro in the last 16, providing the Argentine can beat Marin Cilic.

In a match where breaks were few and far between, Berdych only dropped his serve twice yet found himself facing a premature exit after losing the third set.

Anderson will be left to rue a handful of inopportune errors, having served almost faultlessly for much of the match - with 22 aces and a 80% of points won on first serve.

After eight games in which neither players showed any sign of weakness on serve, Berdych took the early advantage, breaking his opponent to love before serving out the set.

But Anderson, seeded No. 31 in Paris, roared back to win the next two sets. A thumping forehand winner saw him grab a 4-2 lead in the second set, only to surrender his serve in the very next game. But a double fault from Berdych handed Anderson the advantage and this time he made no mistake as he served out to level proceedings.

The third set went to a tiebreak as both players' serves proved impenetrable, Anderson triumphing to move within one set of the fourth round.

But Berdych, who has been in impressive form on the clay this season, dug deep to level, before an unfortunate double fault from Anderson gifted him a break in the seventh game of the final set - and the Czech made no mistake as he sealed his place in the last 16.



Ester Satorova watches the men's singles third round match between Tomas Berdych and Kevin Anderson during day six of the French Open at Roland Garros on June 1, 2012 in Paris, France.

Berdych survives Anderson scare

Friday, June 1, 2012

Tomas Berdych survived a massive scare against South Africa's Kevin Anderson to book his place in the fourth round of the French Open.

The seventh seed took control by winning the first set but lost the next two to jeopardise his progress, only to find his form when it mattered to secure the win, 6-4 3-6 6-7 (4-7) 6-4 6-4.

It was the first time the Czech had emerged victorious from a five-setter at Roland Garros, at the fifth attempt, and has now improved his record on clay this season to 17-4 with his 34th win in 2012.

It was a surprise that the match went as deep as it did as Anderson had never previously taken a set off Berdych, who hit 57 winners and converted four of six break-point opportunities.



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Berdych battles back for victory

Friday, June 1, 2012

Seventh seed Tomas Berdych survived a five-set examination against South Africa's Kevin Anderson to reach the fourth round of the French Open.

The Czech had lost all four of his previous five-set matches at Roland Garros but fought back from two sets to one down to triumph 6-3 4-6 6-7 (4/7) 6-4 6-4.

Both players received treatment to their thighs in the last set but it was Berdych who secured the only break in the seventh game when Anderson served a double fault.




Tomas Berdych shakes hands at the net with Kevin Anderson of South Africa after their men's singles third round match during day six of the French Open at Roland Garros on June 1, 2012 in Paris, France.


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Tomas Berdych reflects on his five-set win over Kevin Anderson



Friday, June 1, 2012




T. BERDYCH/K. Anderson

6-4, 3-6, 6-7(4), 6-4, 6-4



THE MODERATOR: Questions for Tomas.



Q. You beat Anderson twice this year before this match in straight sets.



Q. Three times? Sorry. Did you expect to have such a tough match today?

TOMAS BERDYCH: Yes, of course, I did, because I played to him even in Australia, even in Madrid, then, as I said, in Madrid I played him in the first round, and he was the toughest opponent until I get to the semis.

So it really mean something. Even today, you know, I was expecting really, really tough one, because, you know, he's coming up. He's playing well. It was really, really close game today.


Q. Del Potro has to play now with Cilic. We can imagine that maybe Del Potro beats Cilic, and I want to know your opinion about a match against Juan Martin. You had a close match against him in Madrid. What's your expectation in the next match if you play against Juan Martin?

TOMAS BERDYCH: Yes, I had a very close match against him in Madrid, but, as you said, he still needs to go play a really tough one with Cilic. I don't want to go anything before, and let's see how they gonna play.


Q. This is a question from fans. When you're playing -- if you play Andy Murray, are you jealous to see Ivan Lendl in his player box?

TOMAS BERDYCH: Definitely not. I mean, I have no reason to be. I would say that maybe even the other side, you know, that, you know, it's even bigger challenge that I can see him on the other side, and it's probably maybe not only kind of fight with Andy on court, but, you know, it's something -- well, it's maybe just a small thing. No, I mean, definitely not jealous.

Actually, it was nice to, you know, have a good match with him in Monte Carlo and I was the one who won. Yeah.


Q. Would you like to see him in your player box maybe one day?

TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, of course. I mean, it would be an honor, but this is something about, you know, a bit more talking, you know. So not only just to say if I want him or not. But, you know, definitely for the things around makes the way, and we can be together, then of course, it could be nice.


FastScripts Transcript by ASAP Sports


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Seventh seed Tomas Berdych survived being taken to five sets by South African Kevin Anderson. The Czech fought back from 2-1 down to win 6-3 4-6 6-7 (4-7) 6-4 6-4. Berdych, had lost all his previous five-set matches at Roland Garros, will meet Juan Martin del Potro in the last 16 after the Argentine's straight-sets win over Marin Cilic.



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