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2013 Rome Round 3: Tomas Berdych vs Kevin Anderson

Posted on May 16, 2013 at 11:10 AM

Tomas opened with a 6-4, 6-0 win over Denis Istomin on Tuesday, and will next face Kevin Anderson … again. The two met last week at the Mutua Madrid Open, with Berdych winning in two tight sets.



Kevin Anderson (RSA) vs (6) Tomas Berdych (CZE) Berdych Leads 7-0

12 Australian Open (Australia) Hard R32 Tomas Berdych 7-6(5) 7-6(1) 6-1

12 ATP Masters 1000 Madrid (Spain) Clay R32 Tomas Berdych 6-4 6-3

12 Roland Garros (France) Clay R32 Tomas Berdych 6-4 3-6 6-7(4) 6-4 6-4

12 ATP Masters 1000 Paris (France) Hard R16 Tomas Berdych 1-6 6-3 6-4

13 Australian Open (Australia) Hard R16 Tomas Berdych 6-3 6-2 7-6(13)

13 ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells Hard QF Tomas Berdych 6-4 6-4

13 ATP Masters 1000 Madrid (Spain) Clay R16 Tomas Berdych 7-6(5) 7-5

Anderson FastFacts:

2013 Highlights:

F(2): Sydney (l Tomic); Casablanca (l Robredo); QF(2): Delray Beach (l Isner); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Indian Wells (l Berdych)

YTD W-L: 22-8 (8-3 on clay)

YTD Titles: 0/Career Titles: 2

Date of Birth: May 18, 1986

Emirates ATP Ranking: 27

Career ATP Masters 1000 (YTD): 30-30 (10-4)

Career Tiebreak Record (YTD): 65-59 (9-5)

Rome W-L (Best Result-Year): 2-2 (3R-2013)

Tournament/2013 in Review:

• Anderson is appearing in the third round for the first time (2-2 record) after wins over Jurgen Melzer 61 62 and No. 11 seed Marin Cilic 63 76. In his previous two visits, lost in first round in 2011 (ret. vs. Querrey) and last year (l. to Ferrero)

• The top South African enters with a 22-8 match record on the season (8-3 on clay) and on April 14 reached his first ATP World Tour clay final in Casablanca (l. to Robredo). Has a 2-3 record in finals

• Looking for his first career win on clay (0-3) and fourth in his career (3-21)

• He reached his fourth ATP World Tour final in Sydney in January (l. to Tomic in three sets). In semi-finals, saved two MPs at 5-6 and 6-7 in third set TB against Benneteau

• Followed with Grand Slam-best 4R at Australian Open (l. to Berdych), best result by a South African since SF by Wayne Ferreira in 2003

• On January 21, underwent right elbow surgery to repair bone chips in Melbourne and returned to action a little more than a month later in Delray Beach where he was defending champ (l. to Isner in QFs)

• At ATP Masters 1000 in Indian Wells, reached QF with wins over Hanescu, No. 4 Ferrer, Nieminen and No. 13 Simon before losing to No. 6 Berdych. His previous ATP Masters 1000 QF was in Miami in 2011

ANDERSON vs TOP 10 OPPONENTS – Anderson is 3-22 lifetime (1-4 in 2013) vs Top 10 opponents:

d. No. 4 David Ferrer 2013 ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells in 2R

d. No. 4 Andy Murray 2011 ATP Masters 1000 Montreal in 2R

d. No. 3 Novak Djokovic 2008 ATP Masters 1000 Miami in 2R

Berdych FastFacts:

2013 Highlights:

F(2): Marseille (l Tsonga); Dubai (l Djokovic); SF(2): ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Indian Wells (l Nadal); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid (l Wawrinka); QF(3): Chennai (l Bautista Agut); Australian Open (l Djokovic); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami (l Gasquet)

YTD W-L: 27-9 (6-3 on clay)

YTD Titles: 0/Career Titles: 8

Date of Birth: September 17, 1985

Emirates ATP Ranking: 6 Career Tiebreak Record (YTD): 138-112 (7-6)

Career ATP Masters 1000 (YTD): 121-74 (11-4) Rome W-L (Best Result-Year): 11-7 (QF-2007, ’11-12)

Tournament/2013 in Review:

• Berdych is playing in Rome for the eighth time (11-7 record) and his best result is the quarter-finals three times – in 2007 (l. to Volandri), 2011 (l. to Gasquet) and last year (l. to No. 3 Nadal). Opened on Tuesday with a 64 60 victory over Denis Istomin

• The top player from the Czech Republic enters with a 27-9 match record on the season (6-3 on clay) and has reached the quarter-finals or better in seven of nine tournaments played, including back-to-back finals in Marseille (l. to Tsonga) and Dubai (d. Federer in SF, l. to Djokovic).

• Last week reached SF at ATP Masters 1000 Madrid (l. to Wawrinka, d. No. 3 Murray in QF), won his 400th career (403-223) Tour-level match win over Jerzy Janowicz in 2R

• In other ATP Masters 1000 events, SF at Indian Wells (l. to No. 5 Nadal), QF at Miami (l. to No. 10 Gasquet), lost in 3R at ATP Masters 1000 Monte Carlo (l. to Fognini)

• Reached seventh career Grand Slam QF at Australian Open (l. to Djokovic)

• Helped Czech Republic beat Switzerland 3-2 in Davis Cup 1R, winning three points. Partnered with Rosol in doubles rubber, the duo overcame Chiudinelli-Wawrinka 24-22 in fifth set, match lasted 7 hours, 1 minute and is the longest Davis Cup match on record (in time)


There was a delay in the start to play on five due to heavy rain in the morning. Match Berdych/Anderson started at 12:34 am.

Sixth seed Tomas Berdych extended his perfect record to 8-0 against Kevin Anderson in a 7-5, 6-2 win in 84 minutes. Berdych hit 25 winners and committed seven unforced errors to book his place in the quarter-finals for the fourth time.

Tomas waits for Anderson’s serve

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Tomas Berdych is into the quarters where he'll meet Djokovic




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