|Posted on August 21, 2012 at 11:50 AM|
Berdych Makes Debut - World No. 7 Tomas Berdych makes his debut in Winston-Salem. The Czech is bidding to recapture his form from the first part of the year, when he won the Montpellier title and reached the Madrid final.
H2H Tomas Berdych vs Alex Bogomolov Jr.
HEAD TO HEAD
Alex Bogomolov Jr. (RUS) vs (2-WC) Tomas Berdych (CZE) Berdych Leads 1-0
11 Wimbledon (Great Britain) Grass R32 Tomas Berdych 6-2 6-4 6-3
Bogomolov Jr. FastFacts:
QF: Sydney (l Benneteau)
YTD W-L: 12-24 (9-13 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: April 23, 1983
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 73
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(4): Australian Open (l Nadal); Dubai (l Murray); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Rome (l Nadal); Halle (l Haas)
YTD W-L: 37-15 (19-7 on hard)
YTD Titles: 1
Career Titles: 7
Date of Birth: September 17, 1985
South African Airways ATP Ranking: 7
Order of Play - Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Center Court – Match Start At: 12:00 noon
Donald Young (USA) vs  Feliciano Lopez (ESP)
 Sam Querrey (USA) vs Santiago Giraldo (COL)
Alex Bogomolov Jr. (RUS) vs [WC]  Tomas Berdych (CZE)
 John Isner (USA) vs Martin Klizan (SVK)
Not Before 7:00 PM
 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) vs Thomaz Bellucci (BRA)
[WC] Ryan Harrison (USA) vs  Marcel Granollers (ESP)
Russian Alex Bogomolov Jr. and No. 2 seed/wild card Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic meet for the second time. In their previous meeting in the third round at Wimbledon last year, Berdych won in straight sets. Bogomolov Jr. is 3-13 lifetime vs. Top 10 opponents (0-2 this year) and his last win came over No. 10 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in Cincinnati last August. Bogomolov comes in ranked No. 73 with a 12-24 record on the season. Berdych, who is making his debut in Winston-Salem, is ranked No. 7 and he’s reached the quarter-finals or better eight times on the ATP World Tour this season, including his seventh career title in Montpellier in February. His best Grand Slam result was the quarter-finals at the Australian Open in January.
Tomas Makes Winning Start
Berdych Makes Winning Winston-Salem Debut
Second-seeded Czech Tomas Berdych improved to a 38-15 match record on the season after he knocked out Russian Alex Bogomolov Jr. 6-3, 7-5 in 95 minutes on Tuesday at the Winston-Salem Open.
The World No. 7, who has reached eight ATP World Tour quarter-finals (or better) in 2012, will next play No. 16 seed Jarkko Nieminen of Finland in the third round.
Tomas Berdych during his match against Alex Bogomolov Jr. of Russia during the second round of the Winston-Salem Open at Wake Forest University on August 21, 2012 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Winston-Salem Open Notebook: Late-addition Berdych now among favorites
By: JournalNow Staff | Winston-Salem Journal
Published: August 22, 2012
Until a few days ago, Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic wasn't even sure if he was going to play in the Winston-Salem Open.
Now he is the No. 2 seed and one of the favorites to make it to Saturday's final after receiving a wild card into the tournament last week.
Berdych played his second-round match on Tuesday, knocking off Alex Bogomolov of Russia 6-3, 7-5. His third-round match will be against No. 16 seed Jarkko Nieminen of Finland today.
"I just felt like I needed some more matches on hard courts for the U.S. Open," Berdych said. "I actually didn't have a very good summer and I wanted to play a little bit more before the last Grand Slam. I am very happy that I was able to come and play here."
Berdych wasn't impressed with the way he played against Bogomolov.
"It was nothing really special from my side, just some solid games," he said.
Berdych said he is impressed with the facilities at the Wake Forest Tennis Center.
"I was really very surprised when I came here for the first time because I didn't know anything about the place," he said. "I really like it. The people really take care of us here. I am a fan of quiet places instead of places that are real huge like what is going to come next week (at the U.S. Open in New York)."
Tomas Berdych returns a shot to Alex Bogomolov Jr. of Russia during the second round of the Winston-Salem Open at Wake Forest University on August 21, 2012 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Tomas Berdych lines up a backhand
Tomas Berdych reacts to scoring a point against Alex Bogomolov Jr. of Russia during the second round of the Winston-Salem Open at Wake Forest University on August 21, 2012 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
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