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Order of Play - Sunday, May 30, 2010
Court Suzanne Lenglen 11:00 Start *Tomas dislikes wind. The Lenglen is known for being very slow and pretty windy, well it's better having to play in the evening*
Women's Singles - Fourth Round
Maria Kirilenko (RUS) vs Francesca Schiavone (ITA)
Women's Singles - Fourth Round
Flavia Pennetta (ITA) vs Caroline Wozniacki (DEN)
Men's Singles - Fourth Round
Marin Cilic (CRO) vs Robin Soderling (SWE)
Men's Singles - Fourth Round
Andy Murray (GBR) vs Tomas Berdych (CZE)
Sunday Weather Forecast for Paris
Evening 06:00 PM Feels Like 17°C Chance of Precip. 20% Partly Cloudy - windy!
Head to Head Berdych/Murray 1-1... well, irrelevant... it was a long time ago
Sunday, May 20, 2010
omg it’s so late!... The match Wozniacki/Pennetta lasted for 3 hours!
match Berdych/Murray started at 06:41 PM
then suspended at 08:02 PM because of the rain.... Berdych leads 6/4 4-3*
From ATP site:
Czech Tomas Berdych, the No. 15 seed, leads fourth seed Andy Murray of Scotland 6-4, 3-4 in their rain-interrupted last 16 clash at Roland Garros on Sunday.
Murray saved six break points, before Berdych finally broke serve in the seventh game when Murray hit a backhand into the net. He went on to clinch the 31-minute opener with a drop shot winner.
The 24-year-old Berdych took a 2-0 lead in the second set, before Murray responded by winning three straight games. Light rain began to fall in the seventh game, which Murray won with a forehand winner and two aces for a 4-3 lead before conditions became unplayable.
Berdych is riding a six-match winning streak and has equalled his best performance at Roland Garros (2006 fourth round).
A half-hour delay ensued but there was little change as Berdych attacked his illustrious opponent, coming to the net and hitting more winners as Murray looked increasingly frustrated with his play and the conditions.
Berdych was giving him the run-around, breaking him twice in the second - although Murray broke back the first time - and sealing a vital break to go 4-3 up in the third.
With Murray serving to stay in the match, a selection of weak shots - including a double fault - allowed Berdych to complete a surprise victory as dusk fell.
Berdych will play Russia's Mikhail Youzhny for a place in the semi-finals.
AS IT HAPPENED
9.35 pm: Berdych breaks, takes and wins! Murray won’t be happy about having to come back out but them’s the breaks! 6-4, 7-5, 6-3. TBerd’ll face Youzhny in the quarters, and that was well earned. He served like a demon all match.
And that, finally, is your lot!
9.33 pm: 5-3, plenty of long rallies, then at 40-30, TBerd bangs down a huge ‘un. Whoosh. Four more points…
9.27 pm: 4-3 Berdych! An easy hold for Berdych, then Murray cusses, shouts and moans his way to being broken. Nae happy, the big man. Nae happy. TBerd has hit 45 winners, AMuzz 28. Right, two more games…
9.19 pm: 3-2 Murray, and he’s showing a bit more determination there. Alex Corretja, who has been part of his entourage for over a year, is trying to gee him up.
9.16 pm: 2-2 all each a-piece. Murray’s berating himself, the crowd, the racquet, everything out there. Here’s a young man who wants to be elsewhere. Can he tough it out? Berdych has the assurance of a man who is two sets up and is happy to keep on keeping on.
9.12 pm: 2-1 Murray. He’s hanging in there but every game that Berdych wins takes the big Czech closer to victory.
9.04 pm: 1-0 Murray. Muzz holds but it has to go via deuce. He’s not as his best out there… Can he hang tough til the light fades or more rain comes?
8.59 pm: 7-5 Berdych! The big fellah bangs down some big ‘uns and wins big. Big game, big set. Big up. Notorious BIG. TBerd leads two sets to love.
8.55 pm: 6-5 Berdych! Break! Second serves are gone bandit on, and Murray is broken to 15. He must be soooo pleased to be back out. TBerd to serve for the second.
8.51 pm: 5-5. A few nervous moments as Murray chases down everything that TBerd can fire at him and takes it to 30-all, but the big Czech is up to the task.
8.48 pm: We’re under way again, with two comfortable holds. 5-4 Murray.
8.20 pm: Scratch that! The rain has stopped, they’re frantically squeegeeing the water off the covers and we’re going to try to get back out!
8.06 pm: Covers on, that's your lot for the night.
8.03 pm: 4-3 Murray. Psychologically crucial seventh game and Murray holds to love. Ooh, and it’s raining! Out comes the supervisor…
8 pm: 3-3. Big Berd’s big serve is back.
7.57 pm: 3-2 Murray, comfortable hold (sounds like hairspray or underwear…
7.54 pm: 2-2, Murray breaks back to 30! T-Berd suddenly could not get a first service over the net, and the Scotsman went bandit on his second ‘uns, Reynolds style.
7.46 pm: 2-1. Murray holds to get on the board, but has a lot of work ahead of him…
7.43 pm: 2-0 T-Berd. 89% of points won on his first service. Untouchable. Intouchable, as they say over here.
7.39 pm: T-Berd breaks! He hit 21 winners to Murray’s 10 in the first set and his attacking brand of tennis is paying off. He carved out six break points before finally taking one, while never letting Muzz get a sniff of his service. And here he is, already a break to the good in the second. The Scotsman will be hoping for a downpour to allow him to regroup overnight…
7.37 pm: Deuce in the opening game of the second and out come the umbrellas…
7.33 pm: Berdych serves out to love and takes the first set! 6-4.
7.28 pm: Murray holds – gutsy stuff, but T-Berd will now serve for the set.
7.26 pm: TBerd holds, then carries on painting lines left, right and centre on the Murray serve, pushing him deep, sending him hither and thither. Murray saves a set point at 15-40, then serves big at 30-40 into the corner. Deuce.
7.18 pm: Three more break points for T-Berd after some aggressive play. Murray comes in on the first two, more by his opponent’s design than his own choice, and forces the error. He’s not getting his first services in though and he nets when on the back foot after a second service. 4-3 Berdych, and he has the break, in the crucial seventh game.
7.12 pm: A couple of comfortable holds and it’s 3-2. Berdych is coming in at every chance and Murray is trying to lob, lob and lob again.
7.03 pm: Murray holds, but again via deuce. 2-1. What can he do on the Berd serve?
6.59 pm: Berdych races into a 40-0 lead which Murray tries to drag back, reeling him in with drops then lobbing him, but T-Berd eventually holds. 1-1.
6.51 pm: Murray eventually holds after a service winner and an ace dig him out of a third break point. 1-0 Murray.
6.48 pm: Murray serves and we have a double fault early doors. His first ’un ain’t working. Two break points already, which the Scotsman saves. Deuces wild.
6.38 pm: So, we have Murray – Berdych in the final match of the day. The head-to-head is 1-1 but they haven’t played since Adelaide 2006, when both of them were teenagers (Muzz is now 23, T-Berd 24). The Czech has twice as many wins as the Scotsman on clay this year (12-3 / 6-3), three of them at the World Team Championships which he played in the week before coming to RG. Wimbledon 2007 is his best Slam result to date (quarter-finals), whilst Murray has made it to two finals, losing to Federer in the US in 2008 and at the AO this year.
6.30 pm: Tsonga is forced to withdraw. He tries one more game which Youzhny wins to love, then throws his racquet down in sheer disappointment. What a shame for the big man. He’s had an awful run with injuries – his potential is enormous, as his win at the 2008 Paris ATP Masters 1000 and his appearance in the 2008 AO final prove, but he just can’t seem to play a full season.
Youzhny is through to the quarters therefore, where he will play the winner of Murray – Berdych which will be under way any minute now on Lenglen. Youzhny’s in luck – he had to finish off his third round match against Viktor Troicki yesterday, so at least he’s catching up on his rest now.
Determined Berdych ends Murray's hopes
Tomas' autograph on the camera after winning R4 match at FO
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