|Posted on January 15, 2014 at 11:00 AM|
After beating Aleksandr Nedovyesov 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 in the first round of the Australian Open on Monday, Tomas will take on France's Kenny de Schepper. They have never played against each other. The match will be the first match to be played on Hisense Arena, match start at 11:00 AM.
H2H Tomas Berdych vs Kenny de Schepper. it's a first meeting
Order of Play - Wednesday, January 15, 2014
AUSTRALIAN OPEN 2014
Berdych Races Into Third Round
by ATP Staff | 15.01.2014
Tomas Berdych reaches the third round without the loss of a set.
World No. 7 Tomas Berdych became the first player to book his place in the third round of the Australian Open as he cruised past Frenchman Kenny De Schepper 6-4, 6-1, 6-3 on Wednesday afternoon in Melbourne.
The 28-year-old Czech did not face a single break point, while capitalising on five of his eight chances for the one hour, 42-minute victory. He won 84 per cent of his net points and had 29 winners to 13 unforced errors.
Berdych advances to the third round in Melbourne for a fourth straight year, and awaits the winner between
Croatian Ivan Dodigand Bosnian Damir Dzumhur. *Dodig retired with injury*
Round 2 Australian Open - Match Stats
Tomas Berdych eased past Kenny de Schepper with a convincing 6-4, 6-1, 6-3
Chair umpire is Carlos Ramos of Portugal
Berdych serves up smooth victory
Wednesday, 15 January, 2014
By Alix Ramsay
There is one great advantage to playing in 40-degree heat: it doesn’t half focus the mind.
The hotter the weather, the less time anyone wants to spend in it and so for those with their eyes on the title, there are fewer sloppy games and fewer carelessly dropped sets. Instead, we have an all-out dash for the air-conditioned haven of the locker room.
So it was that Tomas Berdych woke up on Wednesday morning, saw the sun in all its glory and thought ‘better not hang about today, Tommy’. And he didn’t, sprinting past Kenny de Schepper 6-4, 6-1, 6-3 and into the third round. It took an hour and 42 minutes and once it was done, the No.7 seed was delighted with his efforts.
“It’s a nice test to step on to the court in this heat,” he said as the mercury was heading for 39 degrees. “I think I handled it well through the three sets. Always the most important thing is the game and the way I played and today was really good, really solid.”
Before we discuss the nuts and bolts of the match, let us turn out attention to Mr Berdych’s outfit. (Actually, so swift and straight forward was Berdych’s victory that we really only have a couple of washers and a tin-tack to work with but enough of this tennis talk, let’s get back to the togs.)
For reasons best known to himself, Big Berd has chosen to wear what looks like an Argentina footy shirt this week and while there is nothing wrong with that – the blue and white stripes always looked fine on Maradona – it does look a little out of place on court at Hisense Arena. Especially when coupled with bright red shorts. Alas, the brilliance of the red is not really suited to a man of Berdych’s complexion (it clashes with the sunburn) while the length of the trousering is just a little on the mean side. His knickers, sensible black foundation garments, made regular appearances as the shorts rode up and the underpants stubbornly stayed put.
When it was pointed out to Berdych that his shirt was a local favourite, being the exact same colours as worn by the Kangaroos, the AFL team from north Melbourne, the big man grinned from ear to ear. He is not used to be a leader of fashion but now that he is getting some attention, he is loving it.
“It’s nice that it looks like other teams,” he said of his designer gear. “It creates emotion, it’s something different. It’s nice that people are talking about it. This shirt will stay with me for as long as I am in the draw.”
The shirt’s next outing will be on Friday when Berdych faces Damir Dzumhur, a qualifier from Bosnia and Herzegovina. With a world ranking of 188 (he hit a career high of 187 last month) and still earning his spurs on the tour, he ought not to give Berdych too much trouble, not if Wednesday’s performance is anything to go by; Berdych was clinical, efficient and far too strong for poor De Schepper. It was one way traffic from start to finish - with Berdych winning 88 percent of points on first serve, and not conceding a break point in the entire match.
And if this goes on, that striped shirt is going to be with us for quite some time.
Girlfriend Ester Satarova watching from the stands
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Tomas Berdych serves to Kenny de Schepper of France during their men's singles match at the Australian Open 2014 tennis tournament in Melbourne January 15, 2014.
Tomas Berdych makes a backhand return to Kenny de Schepper of France during their second round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014.
Tomas Berdych super slow motion
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Tomas Berdych wears an ice towel during a break in his second round match against Kenny de Schepper of France during day three of the 2014 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 15, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia.
Tomas Berdych plays a forehand in his second round match against Kenny de Schepper of France during day three of the 2014 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 15, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia.
Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic hits a return to Kenny de Schepper of France during their men's singles match at the Australian Open 2014 tennis tournament in Melbourne.
Tomas Berdych acknowledges the crowd after defeating Kenny de Schepper of France in their men's singles match at the Australian Open 2014 tennis tournament in Melbourne January 15, 2014.
Tomas Berdych waves to the crowd after defeating Kenny de Schepper of France in their second round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014.
Tomas Berdych shakes hands with Kenny de Schepper of France after winning their men's singles match at the Australian Open 2014 tennis tournament in Melbourne January 15, 2014.
Tomas Berdych signs autographs after he defeated Kenny de Schepper of France in their men's singles match at the Australian Open 2014 tennis tournament in Melbourne January 15, 2014.
Q. How do you feel about that? Seemed to be a straightforward win for you.
TOMAS BERDYCH: Yeah, it was straightforward win. Saved some energy. Play well and solid through all the three sets.
Yeah, didn't drop a serve, which I was especially happy. Really just making when I make some chance and some opportunity for the break. Just manage it, and, yeah, win in three sets.
Q. You have often done very well here first week, and then sort of coming into the second week perhaps not gone as far as you like to get. I know everyone says they think next game ahead. Any ideas why perhaps that might be happening? Do you change anything?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, I would say especially this year and in these conditions it's going to be even more about one by one, because really, you know, you can get a match in this really heat conditions, and then, you know, you stay there long, can get really tired. You really have to just be focused just for that day and really manage it, survive it, try to win, and then try to prepare for another one.
So, you know, especially these conditions are very, very tough. I mean, of course, the goal is to go the second week, go as far as possible. But really, I mean, these days it's very difficult.
Q. About the conditions, obviously there were comments yesterday, people saying that the matches should be stopped when the heat, when it's this hot. What's your opinion on that?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, I mean, I'm always trying to follow some rules, and if there is some rule in place, I really don't know specifically how it is.
But I'm not sure if yesterday we didn't pass that, then I don't know what other day we need to get to actually get that rule. And then, you know, if it's then you can really think like if it makes sense actually to make rules. Then when the heat like yesterday and even today, it's not what it's supposed to be called, and, you know, maybe close the main courts and just stop the matches.
Or even, let's say finish the matches and not put another one on. You know, really, this is probably a question for the people who runs the tournament.
But really me, personally, I'm just trying to deal with that, trying to be ready, trying to survive it, and try to go as far as I can.
Q. In terms of conditions that you played in throughout your career, how hot was it out there? Was that among the hottest you've played?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Yes. I would say yes. It's the hottest, and I would say the only good and small, positive thing is it's not so much humid. It is really just the heat and high temperature.
But today is a little bit more humid because of some cloud, but, yeah, I would say it's one of the toughest today that I had.