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2012 US Open Round 1: Tomas Berdych vs David Goffin

Posted on August 28, 2012 at 11:00 AM


Tomas who is seeded sixth at the U.S. Open got a few days off before his first-round match against David Goffin of Belgium in the first round. It's a first meeting. David Goffin -not a nobody- is a quarter-finalist at the last week's Winston-Salem Open. He has been one of the rising stars in 2012: R3 Wimbledon - R4 French Open. Good Luck Tomas, play well!



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H2H Tomas Berdych vs David Goffin


Order of Play - Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Louis Armstrong Stadium – Match Start At: 11:00 AM

Men's Singles - 1st Round

David Goffin (BEL) vs Tomas Berdych (CZE) [6]

Men's Singles - 1st Round

Sam Querrey (USA) [27] vs Yen-Hsun Lu (TPE)

Women's Singles - 1st Round

Francesca Schiavone (ITA) [22] vs Sloane Stephens (USA)

Not Before 6:00 PM  - Women's Singles - 1st Round

Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) [8] vs Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU)


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Berdych Cruises Past Goffin In Opener


Tomas ready to fight

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Berdych crucially saved 16 of the 18 break points he faced



Impressive Berdych outlasts Goffin

ESPN staff

August 28, 2012


Tomas Berdych produced one of his better efforts of the year to see off David Goffin

Tomas Berdych was forced to work extremely hard before securing a straight-sets win over David Goffin in the first round of the US Open.

The No. 6 seed had shown little this year prior to a run to the final of the Winston-Salem Open, but he built on his recent effort to see off a tricky opponent in Goffin.

It was a little like Goffin's David to Berdych's Goliath and on this occasion it was the big man who won through. But the Czech was made to work hard for his success. His opening service game took nine minutes and he had to stave off further break points in the first set, but he kept plugging away and was rewarded in the 12th game when he converted a break point.

The second set followed a similar path to the first, with Goffin dictating play with his supreme court craft only to find Berdych rock solid when faced with break points. It was Goffin who faltered in the second, surrendering his serve in the eighth game, as Berdych moved two sets ahead.

Goffin worked a break of serve in the third set, but Berdych was unpeturbed and his superior power forced his turing Belgian opponent back and he powered though to claim a 7-5 6-3 6-3 win.




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Tomas Berdych Wins U.S. Open Round 1 Match Against David Goffin




US OPEN 2012

Berdych Passes Goffin Test

New York, U.S.A.

by ATP Staff  | 28.08.2012

World No. 7 Tomas Berdych fired 17 aces as he defeated upcoming Belgian David Goffin 7-5, 6-3, 6-3 on Tuesday in the first round of the US Open. The Czech player struck 40 winners, to 28 from Goffin, and crucially saved 16 of the 18 break points he faced.

"It's a good point and good statistic for me," commented Berdych on the saved break points. "I think he has a pretty good future ahead of him. If he just stays doing what he's doing, then I think we can see him in the future quite high."


The 26-year-old Berdych is coming off a runner-up showing at the Winston-Salem Open (l. to Isner) and improved to a 42-16 match record on the season. The right-hander was also a runner-up at the Mutua Madrid Open in May (l. to Federer) and captured his seventh ATP World Tour title at the Open Sud de France in Montpellier (d. Monfils).

The 21-year-old Goffin has enjoyed a breakthrough season, reaching the fourth round as a lucky loser at Roland Garros (l. to Federer) before advancing to the third round at Wimbledon (l. to Fish). He came into Flushing Meadows at a career-high World No. 56 in the South African Airways ATP Rankings after a quarter-final showing in Winston-Salem.

Tomas Berdych serves against David Goffin of Belgium during their men's singles first round match on Day Two of the 2012 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 28, 2012 in the Flushing neigborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.



Berdych flexes muscle, holds off young upstart

by Brian Cleary

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Tomas Berdych, the No. 6 seed and 2010 Wimbledon runner-up, held off a very tough challenge from 21-year-old David Goffin of Belgium to win their first-round encounter out on Louis Armstrong Stadium, 7-5, 6-3, 6-3.

Throughout the match Berdych appeared to have one more gear than Goffin, an ability to blast outright winners at key stages. He secured the lone break in the second set behind two straight crushed forehand winners, then finished off the set with back-to-back aces. He consistently used his big serve and forehand to bail him out of trouble.

Berdych won 16 of the 18 break points he faced in the match and managed 17 aces.

Goffin impressed in what was his first US Open appearance. At 5-foot-11 and just 150 pounds, he still managed to match the 6-foot-2, 200 pound Berdych for most of the match. He had 6 aces and won 25 of the 31 points in which he came to net.

Goffin may be new to the Open, but he’s made a huge splash on the pro tour of late. He started the year ranked No. 174 but has shot up to his current No. 56-ranking, having unexpected success on the game’s biggest stages. As a lucky loser he reached the round-of-16 at the French Open and then backed that result up by reaching the third round at Wimbledon.

Despite being among the game’s top players for some time now, Berdych’s best result here at the Open is reaching the round-of-16, something he’s managed on three occasions, but not since 2007. Over the past four years Berdych’s record at the Open is just 4-4. He’s had more success in every other Major, including reaching the quarterfinals at the Australian Open the past two years and the semis at Roland Garros in 2010.

Berdych will likely have less of a challenge in his next match, when he takes on Jurgen Zopp of Estonia, ranked No. 80. But if seeds hold up he will have to face big-serving American Sam Querrey in the third round.




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Berdych beats Goffin in straight sets at US Open


Sixth-seeded Tomas Berdych advanced to the second round of the U.S. Open with a straight-set win.

Berdych beat 56th-ranked David Goffin of Belgium 7-5, 6-3, 6-3 on Tuesday. The 21-year-old Goffin had reached a career-high ranking after making the round of 16 at the French Open and the third round at Wimbledon. He was making his U.S. Open debut.

Berdych, the 2010 Wimbledon runner-up from the Czech Republic, has never been past the round of 16 at Flushing Meadows.

Goffin converted just 2 of 18 break points. Berdych had 17 aces and 40 winners.


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US Open 2012: Tomas Berdych through to second round


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Tennis Blog of The New York Times

August 28, 2012

This Year, Berdych Advances to Second Round


Surviving a barrage of break points, Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic rolled past unseeded David Goffin of Belgium, 7-5, 6-3, 6-3, on Tuesday to reach the second round of the United States Open.

Berdych, seeded sixth, won all but two of the 18 break points Goffin managed to assemble in a match of powerful ground strokes and occasional flashes of inspired shotmaking.

What worked best for Goffin was his ability to seize the net, where he won 25 points, a smart tactic against Berdych, who lost in the first round here a year ago to the net-charging Frenchman Michael Llordra.

What fortified Berdych’s lead in each set was his ability to reverse break points with powerful serves that won the game.

“There is a day it could go this way,” Berdych said with a smile of modesty, “and there could be the day the other way.” His victory, he suggested, rested on “a good statistic from me.”

Goffin, who is 21 and looks much younger, was the darling of the French Open in May, gaining the main draw as a lucky loser and winning a set off Roger Federer three rounds later. On Tuesday, he found himself a step or two off the mark, losing his serve six times.

“It was not an easy match,” he said, acknowledging that his inability to capitalize on his break point chances in the first set was probably a key factor in his defeat. “I had a lot of opportunities in the first set, and then, ah, he serves good. It was tough for me today.”

Still, Goffin said, despite the difficulty of facing a top ten player, ”sometimes the best players are not playing their best game during the first round. But today he played good and he was very solid.”

Asked how he felt about his play at the three major international championships, Goffin said: “The year? It’s a great year for me and now I have a few tournaments in Europe and, yes, I’ll do my best to finish the year as high as possible.”

Berdych agreed. “I think he has a pretty good future ahead of him,” he said. “He’s really talented.”

For his part, Berdych showed he could adapt to the pressure he once dismissed as “not my game,” a comment he made in 2011 after his defeat by Llodra.

On Tuesday, he rushed net on his own 21 times, winning 16 points by moving forward, a tactic he once disdained.

“This is a part of my game that I definitely need to have in my whole game,” he said. “There are matches and players that you can use it more often or tactically it’s a good thing to do.”



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Tomas Berdych reflects on his first-round win over David Goffin on Tuesday in New York

An interview with: TOMAS BERDYCH

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. You faced 18 break points and you won 16 of them. How did you do that?

TOMAS BERDYCH: Sorry? 18 break points?

Q. Yeah, there were 18 break points against you and you won 16.

TOMAS BERDYCH: Yeah, there is a day that it could go this way, and then there could be the day that, you know, let's say the other way and you have 20 break points and you open make one. It's how it is. No, I mean, it's a good point and good statistic for me. Yeah, you know, these guys, you know, I think he has a pretty good future ahead of him. If he just gonna stay to do what he's doing, then I think, you know, we can see him in the future quite high.

Q. He won 21 of his points at rushing net, and I know last year Llodra was rushing all the time and gave you more problem than it did this year. You seem to be more comfortable dealing with someone who is pressuring you by coming to net.

TOMAS BERDYCH: You just mention Michael, you know, but it's two completely different players. It's no way to compare them. But, yeah, I mean, he's really talented the way what he can play. He can play long rallies from the back, he can come up to the net; then playing, you know, very smart on the net. Yeah, he has many options to do that. But, yeah, I mean, probably for me today it was just more, you know, more experience and more, yeah, situations that I played. Yeah, it's still a difference.

Q. You had a tough loss in Winston‑Salem. When you have a loss like that, does it take a long time to process it mentally, and is it important to have a good match like today to overcome that?

TOMAS BERDYCH: If it would take long time then probably wouldn't make it today as I did, you know. Because if something like that stays with you for a long time, then you are not able to play with a guy like this and be able to win actually in straight sets. So, no. And I would even say that I had the experience from the match like that that happened to me last year in London for quarterfinals where I was match point up against Djokovic and I lost the match. Actually in the end it was probably a good thing. It gives me some kind of, you know, even more like a will to go. I was able to qualify from the group and then actually lost in the semifinals. So yeah, I probably get even more like to be even more hungry to go and play and try to win more matches.

Q. In essence we know that Roger Federer is great, Rafa is great, Novak is great. People talk about you like you could be with those guys at any time. When you look in the mirror, can you see what you're missing from being in that group and being able to win your first major?

TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, I mean, on one hand it's very far; on the other one it's quite close, you know. It's really tough to say. You know, if someone knew it, then, you know, probably he would be the guy that everyone would be coming to him and asking what's to do and what is the best thing, you know. That's how it is, you know. I'm doing what I think is the best. I'm trying to do it every day, work hard and, you know, hopefully one day I can say that, yeah, actually that was the best thing what I could make and maybe it happens; maybe not. I mean, the majors are not for everyone. This time it's just probably for three guys. Yeah, it's how it is. We are probably in the best era of our sport. Yeah, that's how it is.

Q. Do you feel in your heart that you're close?

TOMAS BERDYCH: Yeah. I mean, on one hand it's close, but, you know, I mean, probably would be close enough if I would be playing with them more finals or something. But I don't know what's Andy maybe saying. He played so many finals and didn't win one yet, so probably maybe that's even worse that he's really close and he still couldn't make one. It is just something to talk about.

Q. If there was one thing that you could improve to make you the fourth out of four, what might it be?

TOMAS BERDYCH: It's tough to say. You can always improve many things. I don't know if only one thing is enough to get you there.

Q. Let's just say hypothetically there was one thing that you could do. What would you do?

TOMAS BERDYCH: Probably would take the consistency of those guys, consistency of the winning.

Q. You won a fair number of points today going to net. Is this part of your game? Is it just a reaction to him going to net? I don't remember the exact number of points you won rushing the net, but you did win several, you know, quite a number. Is that part of your game that is developing, or do you still regard yourself as more of a baseline player?

TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, no. This is a part of the game that I definitely need to have in my whole game. There are matches and players that you can use it more often or tactically it's a good thing to do. Then you're going to get a player that actually you're not going to get many points that you can come to the net probably that often. No, I mean, now it's more about to be really like complex player. Probably these days about the top 10 guys you cannot say about one that he's only baseline player, he's only one who's coming to the net, he's the only one who's serving well, you know. Today actually basically you have to be good in all the aspects, and then probably have a chance.

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