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2012 Wimbledon Round 1: Tomas Berdych vs Ernests Gulbis

Posted on June 24, 2012 at 5:55 PM

Day One Wimbledon 2012

Tomas will take the court on Monday at the All-England Club following a defeat by German veteran Tommy Haas in the quarter-finals of the Gerry Weber Open in Halle last week. He will begin his Wimbledon campaign against Ernests Gulbis in Monday's third match on Centre Court.

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H2H Tomas Berdych vs Ernests Gulbis

Order of Play – Monday, June 25, 2012

Centre Court -  Matches Start At: 1:00 PM

Gentlemen's Singles - 1st Round

Novak Djokovic (SRB) [1] vs Juan Carlos Ferrero (ESP)

Ladies' Singles - 1st Round

Maria Sharapova (RUS) [1] vs Anastasia Rodionova (AUS)

Gentlemen's Singles - 1st Round

Ernests Gulbis (LAT) vs Tomas Berdych (CZE) [6]



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tiebreakers = heartbreakers

Tomas Berdych lost 7-6 (7-5) 7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (7-4)

Tomas Berdych serves during the men's singles first round match against Ernests Gulbis of Latvia at the Wimbledon Championships 2012 in London, Britain, on June 25, 2012. Gulbis won 3-0.




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6th-seeded Berdych loses to Gulbis in biggest upset in men's draw on opening day at Wimbledon




Tomas Berdych (CZE) The Championships Wimbledon 25th June 2012

Tomas Berdych serves during his first round men's singles match against Latvia's Ernests Gulbis on the first day of the 2012 Wimbledon Championships tennis tournament at the All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on June 25, 2012.

Tomas Berdych reacts during his mens singles first round match against Ernests Gulbis of Latvia on day one of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 25, 2012 in London, England.

BERDYCH, ISNER MAKE SHOCK EXITS *at least you're not alone*

Wimbledon, England

by ATP Staff | 25.06.2012

Sixth seed and 2010 runner-up Tomas Berdych and No. 11 seed John Isner both made first-round exits at The Championships on Monday.

Latvian Ernests Gulbis, currently No. 87 in the South African Airways ATP Rankings, overcame Berdych 7-6(5), 7-6(4), 7-6(4) in two hours and 34 minutes.

Gulbis hit 30 aces and 62 winners, converting one of seven break point opportunities for his first Grand Slam championship match win since the 2011 US Open. He is now 6-12 on the season. It was Berdych's first opening round loss at Wimbledon since his debut in 2004 (l. to Benneteau).

Colombian Alejandro Falla caused an upset when he saved one match point to knock out Isner 6-4, 6-7(7) 3-6, 7-6(7), 7-5 in three hours and 12 minutes.




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Sixth seed and 2010 runner-up Tomas Berdych suffered a shock defeat by Ernests Gulbis on Centre Court

From Official Website Wimbledon

Sixth seed Berdych ambushed by Gulbis

Monday 25 June 2012

Ernests Gulbis of Latvia, an unsung hero ranked 87th in the world, pulled off one of the classic first-day victories at Wimbledon with a straight sets victory over the sixth seeded Czech, Tomas Berdych.

Gulbis came through 7-6(5), 7-6(4), 7-6(4) in two hours and 34 minutes, leaving Berdych and his record of considerable success at Wimbledon to walk bleakly from the Centre Court, his dreams in tatters. Berdych was runner-up at Wimbledon three years ago to Rafael Nadal, having beaten Roger Federer in the quarter-finals and Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals.

The 26-year-old Berdych had fallen to Gulbis once before on a hard court, in Memphis in 2010, but that was a result of little significance compared to what happened today. The match was played out on a Centre Court which was initially bathed in sunshine but the shadows came moving across the court in a sequence which mirrored Berdych's difficulties.

The more Berdych sought to play himself out of the problems that Gulbis was creating the more the clearly focused Latvian dug deep, kept his nerve, kept his target in his range, and was rarely forced away from his task. Berdych found that the challenge against him was simply not going to fade away.

Gulbis had not won a Grand Slam match since last year's US Open and his previous best at Wimbledon was to reach the second round in 2008 and 2009. He simply made litle impact in Grand Slams, although reaching the quarter-finals of the French Open in 2008 was a signal achievement.

With Berdych facing him this time, Gulbis started the match with three aces in the first game and served 11 as the first set fell to him in 43 minutes, a backhand cross-court winner sealing that crucial start to his eventual dominance.

In the second set Berdych lost his second service game, but regained it immediately and again the two players progressed to a tie-break without conceding further break points. But in the tie-break Gulbis jumped into a 5-2 lead, and four points later had an even more decisive lead. Berdych had his left thigh massaged before starting the third set but there was not much he could do to stem the irrepressible optimism and boldness of Gulbis.

The noose began to tighten on Berdych in the third set but he was not prepared to let Gulbis through without sterner resistance. Berdych saved two break points in the eighth game and then saved three match points in the 10th game: one with an ace timed at 131 mph; a second with a fine volley; and a third when Gulbis missed a backhand.

There is no question that Berdych would have been expecting to be in the shake-up for the final stages of this year's Wimbledon. Maybe he just did not expect such a fired up and sustained challenge conjured up by Gulbis on a day he will never forget.



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Czech Tomas Berdych was the biggest casualty on the opening day at Wimbledon when the sixth seed was beaten 7-6 7-6 7-6 by Latvia's Ernests Gulbis.

Berdych, beaten by Rafa Nadal in the 2010 final, saved a match point at 4-5 down in the third set when Gulbis missed a backhand winner by millimetres, but he succumbed in the tiebreak when he netted a forehand.



Tomas receives medical attention at the end of the second set

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… and to add more misery, Gulbis ousted in Round 2 by a qualifier



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