|Posted on May 19, 2010 at 10:05 AM|
Last minute change:
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 Court No. 2 Tomas Berdych vs Carsten Ball (*) replaces Lleyton Hewitt
(*) Australia has to make do without the former world’s number one Lleyton Hewitt against the Czech Republic at the 2010 ARAG World Team Cup on Wednesday. The 29-year-old, who was awarded the ARAG Fair Play Trophy on Tuesday, is suffering from an upset stomach. Carsten Ball will replace him against Tomas Berdych. Both have never played each other.
Tomas in action against Carsten Ball
... and another kiss to the winner
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Czech Republic with strong performanceA win by Czech Tomas Berdych all but sealed the fate of Australia at the ARAG World Team Championship Wednesday, with the three-time champions feeling the illness loss of Lleyton Hewitt.Berdych, ranked 17th, beat untried substitute Carsten Ball 6-3, 7-6 (7-4), his win combining with a Tuesday victory from teammate Jan Hajek to assure the Czechs an untouchable 2-0 scoreline in the tie.
Tomas beat Australian Carsten Ball
and gives the Czech Republic an unassailable 2-0 tie lead
Berdych Beats Ball, Takes Czechs Joint Top
by ATP Staff | 19.05.2010World No. 17 Tomas Berdych sent the Czech Republic to the top of the Red Group with a 2-0 record at the ARAG ATP World Team Championship as he beat Australia’s Carsten Ball 6-3, 7-6(4) Wednesday in Dusseldorf. On Tuesday, Jan Hajek had defeated Peter Luczak, meaning the Czech Republic gained an unassailable 2-0 advantage over Australia.
The 24-year-old Berdych saved eight of nine break points and capitalised on two of the four opportunities he created to defeat the No. 133-ranked Ball in one hour and 36 minutes. Ball was deputising for Lleyton Hewitt after the Australian No. 1 was forced to withdraw from the match with a stomach problem.
“It was tough when I got the news that they changed the opponents,” said Berdych. “You are just preparing all day to play Hewitt, you get some tactics and strategy and then just change it in the last moment. So, it was a quite tough one. He was playing well. Just in the second set, I was maybe a little bit luckier or played a bit better in the end of the tie-break.”
Jan Hajek and Lukas Dlouhy during their match against Australia
In the dead doubles rubber, Carsten Ball and Peter Luczak teamed up to earn defeat Lukas Dlouhy and Jan Hajek 6-3, 5-7, 10-6.