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2010 Monte Carlo Round 1: Tomas Berdych vs Feliciano Lopez

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 12:21 AM

Tomas in action during Round 1 Monte-Carlo on Monday, April 12, 2010

Order of Play - Monday, April 12, 2010

COURT CENTRAL start 10:30 am

David Nalbandian (ARG) vs Andreas Beck (GER)

[10] Tomas Berdych (CZE) vs Feliciano Lopez (ESP)

[Q] Daniel Gimeno-Traver (ESP) vs [WC] Richard Gasquet (FRA)

[Q] Marcel Granollers (ESP) vs [9] Juan Carlos Ferrero (ESP)

Novak Djokovic (SRB) / Viktor Troicki (SRB) vs Thomaz Bellucci (BRA) / Albert Montanes (ESP)

Monday Preview by ATP Staff

No. 9 seed and 2002-03 Monte-Carlo champion Juan Carlos Ferrero and No. 10 seed Tomas Berdych along with former World No. 3 David Nalbandian and Frenchman Richard Gasquet are on Monday’s Court Central schedule.

Leading off the order of play is Nalbandian against German left-hander Andreas Beck in a first-time meeting. Both players have reached the quarter-finals here in the past – Nalbandian in 2004 and ’08, and Beck last year as a qualifier.

In the second match on, Spaniard Feliciano Lopez takes a 3-2 lifetime record (1-1 on clay) against Berdych, who is coming off a runner-up effort at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament in Miami on Apr. 4 (l. to Roddick).

In the third match on, French wild card Gasquet, a semi-finalist here five years ago, takes on Spanish qualifier Daniel Gimeno-Traver. In the final singles match, Ferrero looks for his second win against countryman and qualifier Marcel Granollers.

BERDYCH FASTFACTS as he enters Monte-Carlos Masters

Tournament Highlights:

• The 24-year-old Czech Republic native is making his sixth appearance in seven years [except '08] and has a 6-5 career record...His best result was the semi-finals in 2007 when he beat No. 6 Robredo in the third round before losing to No. 2 Nadal

• In his other four visits, lost in the first round in 2004 (l. to Lisnard) and last year (l. to Fognini) and second round in 2005 (l. to O. Rochus) and '06 (l. to Simon)

2010 Highlights:

F: ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami (l Roddick); SF: Brisbane (l Roddick); QF: San Jose (l Roddick); Memphis (l Gulbis); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Indian Wells (l Nadal)

2010 In Review:

• The top player from the Czech Republic enters his first clay court tournament with a 17-7 match record, with all but one match coming on hard courts

• He is coming off his 10th career ATP World Tour final (5-5), his second ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title match (won ’05 Paris) and his first final in the U.S. in Miami on Apr. 4 (l. to Roddick)…En route, defeated No. 1 Federer (saved one M.P.) in 4th Rd. and No. 7 Soderling in QF…Afterwards, went from 20 to No. 16

• Prior to Miami, he reached the quarter-finals in Indian Wells (d. No. 12 Verdasco in 3rd Rd., l. to No. 3 Nadal)

• He helped his country to a 4-1 first round Davis Cup win over Belgium (on clay), defeating O. Rochus in straight sets in the opening rubber and winning the doubles (w/Stepanek) in similar fashion

• He opened the season by reaching the semi-finals in Brisbane (l. to eventual champ Roddick) and followed with opening round loss in Sydney (l. to Luczak after bye) and 2nd Rd. at Australian Open  (l. to Korolev)

• In February he reached back-to-back quarter-finals in San Jose (l. to Roddick) and Memphis (l. to Gulbis)

ATP World Tour Masters 1000 History:

• Has a 64-46 career match record and his best result was the title in Paris in 2005 (d. No. 10 Ljubicic in five sets)…Also runner-up in Miami (l. to Roddick), semi-finalist three other times – ’06 Madrid, ’07 Monte-Carlo and ’08 Miami and quarter-finalist on five other occasions



• In 2009, finished in Top 20 for fourth consecutive year at No. 20 and helped his country to its first Davis Cup final since 1980 (l. to Spain 5-0)…Went 3-2 in singles matches

• Has a 5-5 career mark in ATP World Tour finals and his last title came on clay in Munich in May 2009 (d. Youzhny)…Captured his first career ATP World Tour title on clay in Palermo in 2004 (d. Volandri)




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Tomas Advances to Second Round


Berdych eases into second round in Monte Carlo

Czech star Tomas Berdych looked in a hurry in his first round match here in Monte Carlo when he spent just 65 minutes on court to beat Spaniard Feliciano Lopez.

Miami finalist and Czech Davis Cup hero Tomas Berdych continued his impressive form with a straight sets demolition of Spaniard Feliciano Lopez to reach the second round of the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters, an ATP World Tour 1000 event being played in Monte Carlo, Monaco.

Berdych made an unusual start to the match and lost his serve early on to give Lopez a 2-0 lead. However in a major shift in momentum, the Czech reeled off five games in a row to then close the opening set by 6 games to 3.

The second set did not change the story much as with consecutive breaks in hand, Berdych completed the 6-3, 6-1 win in just 65 minutes of play.


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Tomas Berdych featured today on Monte-Carlo site

Tomas Berdych Among Early Winners

Tenth seed Tomas Berdych improved to an 18-7 season record Monday after hitting seven aces past Spaniard Feliciano Lopez in a 6-3, 6-1 win in 66 minutes at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters on Monday.

Berdych won 74 per cent of service points to win his first match over Lopez in six meetings since October 2007 at the Davidoff Swiss Indoors in Basel. The 24-year-old Czech advanced to the Sony Ericsson Open final in Miami (l. to Roddick) just eight days ago.

Well done Tomas! Good Start. Congrats.

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