|Posted on May 3, 2010 at 12:46 AM|
The BMW Open in Münich is Tomas' third tournament on clay this season. Tomas reached the last 16 in Monte-Carlo where he lost to Verdasco (Tomas suffered a minor ankle strain during that match). He skipped Barcelona and played in Rome this past week where he won a first round over Granollers, alas made a second round exit to Wawrinka in a very tight match of over three hours with Wawrinka winning one point less overall than Berdych *it ain't how points you win, it's when you win them that counts in tennis*. Well, it's nothing extraordinary so far on clay for Tomas. Plus he has dropped from number 14 to number 16 in the new world rankings, released today, after his second round exit at last week's Rome Masters tournament (-2: Ferrer +5, Ljubicic+1) which is not the right way if he targets a Top 10 spot. I guess, Tomas looks to bounce back in Münich where he is the defending champion. Today Tomas will play his first match against German wildcard Kevin Krawietz who is ranked outside the top 1000 in the world. Not a bad draw for a first round.
Order of Play – Monday, May 3, 2010
CENTER COURT - Matches Start At: 12:00 noon
Jeremy CHARDY (FRA) vs Mikhail YOUZHNY (RUS)
Benjamin BECKER (GER) vs Stephane ROBERT (FRA)
Julien BENNETEAU (FRA) vs Philipp PETZSCHNER (GER)
Kevin KRAWIETZ (GER) vs Tomas BERDYCH (CZE)
Tomas easily beat Lenny Kravitz, uh...sorry... Kevin Krawietz
*It ain't over 'til it's over - Are You Gonna Go My Way*
ATP News | 3rd May 2010
Defending Champ Berdych Makes Strong Starts In Munich
Reigning champion and No. 3 seed Tomas Berdych wasted no time in his opening match at the BMW Open, brushing aside 18-year-old German wild card Kevin Krawietz 6-1, 6-1 in 44 minutes on Monday in Munich.
Berdych capitalised on five of six break points and dropped just four points on serve as he improved to a 9-1 record at the ATP World Tour 250 clay-court tournament. After reaching the semi-finals on his Munich debut in 2007 (l. to Youzhny), the Czech returned last year to clinch the title with victory over Russian Mikhail Youzhny.
Thus far in 2010, Berdych has enjoyed his best results on hard courts, highlighted by his second ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final in April at the Sony Ericsson Open (l. to Roddick). He will be looking to reach his first clay-court quarter-final of the season this week.