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2013 Wimbledon Round 2: Tomas Berdych vs Daniel Brands

Posted on June 27, 2013 at 2:20 PM

Order of Play - Thursday, June 27, 2013

Tomas Berdych hits a return to Daniel Brands of Germany during their Men's second round singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Thursday, June 27, 2013.


Tomas survived a first set tie-break to beat Daniel Brands in straight sets

Tomas slips on the grass during his Gentlemen's Singles second round match

how many times? how many times?

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Wimbledon, England

by ATP Staff |  27.06.2013

Seventh seed Tomas Berdych, the 2010 runner-up (l. to Nadal), booked his place in the third round at The Championships after he battled past Daniel Brands 7-6(6), 6-4, 6-2 on Thursday.

Berdych, who is competing at his 40th straight Grand Slam championship, hit 55 winners including 15 aces for victory in one hour and 51 minutes on Court 2 at the All England Club.

Berdych lead 2-0 in the first set, before Brands – competing at Wimbledon for the first time since 2010 – regained his composure. Each player kept rallies short, with Brands hitting 15 winners, including 10 aces and Berdych striking 22 winners.

Berdych saved one set point at 5-6 in the tie-break, hitting a forehand winner down the line. He went on to clinch the 47-minute set, at 7-6, with a backhand approach winner off a Brands drop shot.

The World No. 1 won 87 per cent of his service points and converted one of his six break point opportunities at 4-4 in the second set. Berdych then took a 2-0 lead in the third set and won the final two games of the match to improve to a 33-12 record on the season.

Berdych will next challenge No. 27 seed Kevin Anderson, who lost 10 of his first service points in a 6-4, 7-6(2), 6-4 victory over qualifier Michal Przysiezny. Berdych has an 8-0 FedEx ATP Head2Head record against Anderson. The pair has met four times this year at the Australian Open, BNP Paribas Open, Mutua Madrid Open and the Internazionali BNL d'Italia.

“I hope I can keep the winning streak, because I think it's like 8-0 for me in the last matches with Kevin,” said Berdych. “I hope I can keep that and will be able to go through again. All the matches are quite close because we are both great servers, playing quite aggressively.”



score and stats - Round 2 Wimbledon - Berdych def. Brands

“I played pretty good today, especially in the first and second set,” said Brands. “He was just better today - every stroke. He was much better from the baseline. I think if he's playing well, of course he can win the title, in my opinion.”

Former finalist Tomas Berdych comfortably won through to the third round at Wimbledon with a straight sets victory over Daniel Brands

Tomas Berdych engineers express route to third round

by Alix Ramsay

Thursday 27 June 2013

There was a time when Tomas Berdych was regarded as, well, shall we say a little less than the life and soul of the party? He was a quiet chap. He was awfully good at tennis, no question about that, but he was not your go-to man for a wild night out, an indiscreet breakdown of the locker room gossip or the best dodgy jokes in town.

When he reached the final here in 2010, beating Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic en route, the world’s media packed the interview room to find out everything they could about the man from the Czech Republic: we wanted to know what made Tomas tick. But much as we tried our very best, Tomas was not ticking.

The most we got from the big man was that his dad worked as a train engineer and that, had Berdych junior not been a tennis player, he, too, would have worked on the railways. It was not that he wanted to realise every little boy’s dream and become a train driver, it was just that he could not think of anything else to do. As one wag put it: Tomas Berdych – the face that launched the 15.28 to Prostejov.

Now, though, all of that has changed. Tomas is now one of the Twitterati and the difference in him is remarkable. How he has time to work on his tennis is anyone’s guess as he is always sharing his thoughts and pictures with the world, in 140 characters or fewer. He only dipped his toe in the murky waters of social media a couple of weeks ago and already he has more than 18,000 followers. Then again, he caters to every taste and language – he was even tweeting in Morse code the other day – and no matter what you ask him, he will give you a straight answer. Well, an answer anyway. No subject is off limits.

Billing himself as the Birdman (a moniker given to him by Brad Gilbert), Tomas has become a veritable – if not virtual – internet comedian. Check out the wit and wisdom of the Birdman @tomasberdych.

On the court, mind you, he is much the same: big, powerful and, when his eye is in, a devil to break down. Daniel Brands certainly could not find a weakness to exploit as he plugged away for one hour and 51 minutes before Berdych stepped over him 7-6, 6-4(6), 6-2. It was not what you would call a pretty match: two men standing 6ft 5in tall and weighing in at the 200lb mark belting the ball for all they were worth. The both serve like cannons and leather their forehands as if their lives depended upon it and, for a set at least, whatever one did, the other copied.

There was a break of serve each, there was a flurry of aces apiece and then, when they headed for the tie-break, there was barely a whisker between them. What finally separated them was the small matter of 51 ranking places (Berdych is the world No.6), eight career titles and more that $13million in prize money. Brands is not a bad Berdych copy but the original is much, much better. Once Berdych had the first set under his belt, he had Brands exactly where he wanted him.

So, the Czech is through to a third round appointment with Kevin Anderson, another encounter that ought to be short on rallies and big on firepower. But as you ponder that match up, consider this: the last time Berdych beat Brands, it was at Wimbledon and the Czech went on to reach the final. And in a tournament of upsets, surprises and dramas, that may just be a portent of what is to come.

Source: Official website Wimbledon



another win... Happy Tomas

Tomas waves to the crowd after victory

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June 27, 2013


T. BERDYCH/D. Brands
7-6, 6-4, 6-2

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. How would you describe your game today? Were you scared or worried going into your game today?
TOMAS BERDYCH: No. Why? I mean, if I'm scared, I shouldn't be here and I should be at home. So definitely not scared.
Of course, I mean, I went there to try to do my best again because it's very tough opponent. You know, he can play really well. His serve is great. You know, you never know what's going to happen in the next point.
Yeah, so I'm happy with the way I handle today.

Q. Now that there is no Federer and no Nadal, do you see yourself going to the finals?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, I see myself in the other half of the draw, so that that means there is everybody who is supposed to be there. So there is nothing change at all for me.

Q. What was your reaction yesterday when Federer lost?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, I mean, guys, let's talk about the guys who won. I mean, yeah, Federer lost, Nadal lost. I mean, what about the Stakhovsky win, Darcis win? That's something different. It's incredible effort to him. Just all the respect, all the credit.
I know the feeling how it is, to beat Roger, and it's really nice.

Q. How does that change the psychology for everybody else when people like that lose so early in the tournament, do you think?
TOMAS BERDYCH: No, I think everybody is different. Yeah, everyone is different. I don't know. Let's ask them.
For me it's nothing change at all. I mean, I'm going one by one that's now my opponents. Really, I mean, I need to focus for myself, not what the others are doing.

Q. How do you feel physically and mentally compared to when you made the final?
TOMAS BERDYCH: I mean, it's three years ago. So many things change from that time. It's really nothing that I should be, you know, stick with that, that I've been in final. Somebody's going to give me something for free? No. Everybody wants to beat me.
It's just a fact. It's a result. That's it. It's been three years ago. We are here now. As you can see, also other big names can lose. That's how today's game is, very tough. So nothing change for me.

Q. You've not dropped a set, so you're obviously feeling good nick?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Yeah, I'm probably one of the few that is not complaining about some injuries and something, you know, which I've seen. It's been quite popular last two days. I'm not one of them, which is good.

Q. You were on Court 2, as well, which was supposedly slippery yesterday.
TOMAS BERDYCH: Maybe yesterday. Today no. I don't know, I had the experience from last year Olympics. That was slippery. In two sets I was 20 times on the ground. This is perfect.
I'm really enjoying that. I like the courts, how they prepare them. That's it.

Q. Are you under any pressure from yourself or from your country to do so well?
TOMAS BERDYCH: I mean, of course you are under the pressure. That is of course. Without that you cannot play.
So I think if you have the right amount of pressure, it's really good to have because really, I mean, even if you don't feel the small nerves before the game, you don't have that good feeling that you can do big things.
So, you know, I mean, it's always a matter of how to handle that. If it's not too much, not too less. So far it's just on the right line.

Q. You tweeted a picture which included Genie Bouchard and some lyrics to the song. What was the thinking behind that? Is there a blossoming romance potentially?
TOMAS BERDYCH: I mean, it's the way. Just try to put something different, you know. I just seen the picture and I like it. I just took it. You know, just try to make some fun and that's it.

Q. She tweeted you back.
TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, I mean, I cannot really just make every single tweet what I get back. So, you know, I mean, maybe this one I just miss. So I apologize to her for that.

Q. I don't think she was offended at all.
TOMAS BERDYCH: I will try to do it better for next time.
I like the picture actually. She won. So maybe it was good luck for her.

Q. In that case, if you are not a tennis player, would you want to be a musician or something?

Q. What would you do?
TOMAS BERDYCH: I actually never thought about it. So I can choose any single job in the world that I can do. And I think besides the tennis, probably the rockstar is the best one, no?

Q. Rockstar?

Q. You be a rockstar?
TOMAS BERDYCH: I don't know that I can be. But I'm saying, besides the tennis, the other best job is the rockstar. You're singing in front of 100,000 people. That's probably the best thing, no?

Q. How do you relax apart from tennis?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, music. I'm not singing. Don't take me like that.

Q. Can you sing something for us today?
TOMAS BERDYCH: No, no. Of course, I was waiting for it (smiling).
I mean, I like golf. I mean, there's not much time to play, but I think it's good, really nice to relax. Go with the friends, enjoy the time, nice weather. Perfect time to relax.

Q. In your next tennis match you play Anderson. Would you describe that matchup, please.
TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, describe? I think we played already quite enough time that people can see how the match is gonna look like. I'm saying that every line or every streak needs to end up one day. I hope it's not going to be in my next round. I hope I can keep the winning streak, because I think it's like 8 or 9 to 0 for me in the last matches with Kevin. I hope I can keep that and will be able to go through again.

Q. What has been the biggest difference for you to earn those wins?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, I mean, all the matches are quite close because we are both great serving, playing quite aggressive. I think until now my, I would say, more experience were winning over him. Always in the tough situation, tough points, I was a bit better. I handled the situation better than him.
That was probably the decider till now. All the matches were very close. Many times tiebreaks. It was close games. That's what I expect for the next one, too.

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