|Posted on October 7, 2009 at 4:02 AM|
Andreas Beck will face defending champion and fifth-seeded Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic in the second round. Berdych defeated Japan's Go Soeda 6-2, 6-4 on Tuesday. Andreas Beck defeated fellow German Rainer Schuettler 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (3) on Wednesday to advance to the second round of the Japan Open. The unseeded Beck hit 12 aces in the match and recovered a break in the third set before winning the tiebreaker to close out the match in 2 hours, 44 minutes at Ariake Colosseum.*must be tired*.
H2H Berdych Leads 1-0
09 Munich (Germany) Clay R16 Tomas Berdych 1-6 6-4 7-6(4)
Order of Play - Thursday, October 8, 2009
Court No. 1 - Matches Start At 2:00 PM
Christopher KAS (GER)/Jaroslav LEVINSKY (CZE) vs Marco CHIUDINELLI (SUI)/Dominik MEFFERT (GER)
Not Before 4:00 PM
Andreas BECK (GER) vs Tomas BERDYCH (CZE)
Ernests GULBIS (LAT) vs Juan MONACO (ARG)
well, it's disappointing and frustrating - to say the least - that Tomas who is seeded #5 in the tournament and also defending champion won't be playing on Center Court, i.e. no livestream, no tv coverage... not to happy with this OoP!
Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic returns a shot in his match against Andreas Beck of Germany during day four of the Rakuten Open Tennis tournament at Ariake Colosseum on October 8, 2009 in Tokyo, Japan.
Defending Champion Berdych Advances To Tokyo QFs
Fifth seed Tomas Berdych continued his title defence Thursday, progressing safely into the quarter-finals with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Andreas Beck of Germany in 84 minutes. "I have never defended a title before so I am hoping this can be the first time," said Berdych. "I really like playing in Tokyo."
World No. 21 Berdych, appearing at the ATP World Tour 500 hard-court tournament for the fourth time (10-2 record), hit 15 aces and saved all four break points he faced. "I thought I played a good match today," admitted Berdych. "When we started it was sunny and no wind, but by the end of the match it was getting colder and the wind picked up. I think my serve worked very well today."
He improved to 32-21 on the year (18-13 on hard courts), highlighted by one ATP World Tour title at the BMW Open in Munich (d. Youzhny). The 24 year old helped the Czech Republic reach the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas final in September.
Tomas easily into QF, excellent stats! He fired 15 aces!
Defending champion Tomas Berdych had few problems brushing aside Andreas Beck 6-4 6-1 behind a 15-ace attack in his second-round match. In an impressive performance Berdych showed the kind of form that swept him to last year's Tokyo title.