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2010 French Open - Tomas Berdych the No.15 seed is through to the Round of 16 after defeating the American John Isner

Posted on May 28, 2010 at 5:08 PM

Berdych - ready to tackle Murray.


By Ben Rumsby, Press Association Sport, Paris

Tomas Berdych tonight acknowledged he will face a vastly-improved Andy Murray when they square off for the first time in more than four years in the fourth round of the French Open.

But the Czech warned he has also come a long way since the last of their two meetings in Adelaide in 2006.

Murray had not long turned professional and was not even inside the world's top 50 when Berdych beat him to square their head-to-head 1-1. Since then, the Scot has climbed as high as second in the world rankings, while his upcoming opponent has generally hovered around the high teens.

Berdych, who thrashed John Isner 6-2 6-2 6-1 to reach the fourth round at Roland Garros, believes both he and Murray have changed so much that their third meeting will seem like it is their first. He said: "I have to say that he has changed a lot in the last four years, but I did the same. Well, I hope. "I think it's going to be like first our meeting - four years, it's really a long time ago. "Both of us were pretty young, so we've changed - both of us. "I think it's going to be like the first match with each other."

Despite them having not met recently, 15th seed Berdych knows exactly what to expect from Murray. "He's really strong," he said. "He can really read the game of his opponent. He's moving well on the court, and he's a really smart player. "He can really find the weak spots; he can change the rhythm of the game; he can play something different."


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