|Posted on June 24, 2010 at 8:52 AM|
Tomas will play on Friday his third round match at Wimbledon against Denis Istomin from Uzbekistan who beat in second round German Rainer Schuettler 6-3 7-6(5) 4-6 4-6 6-1.
The two have never faced each other on a tennis court before. However Tomas Berdych said in interview after beating Benjamin Becker in Round 2: "I know him (Denis Istomin), I saw him play a few games against Rafael Nadal at Queen's Club. I think he is not only 'serve', there will be more exchanges and it suits me much better."
Order of Play - Friday, June 25, 2010
Court 12 Starting At 12:00 pm
Ladies' Singles - 3rd Round
Greta Arn (HUN) vs Marion Bartoli (FRA)
Ladies' Singles - 3rd Round
Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) vs Vera Zvonareva (RUS)
Gentlemen's Singles - 3rd Round
Tomas Berdych (CZE) vs Denis Istomin (UZB)
From official site Wimbledon 'Live Update'19:21: T-Berd wins it! A 33rd ace ensures he wins the final set 6-4 against the highly rated Denis Istomin. Eight minutes short of four hours. “Captivating with a bit of everything,” says Mike on Court 12.From ATP site NEWSAlso Friday, 12th-seeded Czech Tomas Berdych overcame Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin 6-7(1), 7-6(5), 6-7, 6-3, 6-4 in three hours and 53 minutes. The 24 year old has now reached the fourth round in four of his past five Wimbledon appearances.
From meoh la la Tomas must be relieved to be through. So many break points... gone! especially 3 in the first set that he finally lost in a tie-break. So many set points in the third set... gone! and needed 3 match points to beat Denis Istomin. Proud of Tomas, heart of a champion.
it was a tough battle with Denis Istomin at Wimbledon this afternoon
Tomas Berdych returns to Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan
during their third round match for the Wimbledon Championships
at the All England Lawn Tennis Club, in London, Britain, 25 June 2010
Czech star Tomas Berdych continued his impressive season, beating Denis Istomin in a tough
five-setter to reach the last 16. Berdych, who beat Andy Murray en route to the semi-finals of the French Open, emerged a 6-7 (1/7) 7-6 (7/5) 6-7 (8/10) 6-3 6-4 winner from a tight tussle on Court 12.
Berdych Outlasts Istomin in Another Five-setterBy JOHN MARTINWIMBLEDON, England – Unseeded Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan fought toe-to-toe with the world’s 13th ranked player, Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic, before falling 6-7 (1), 7-6 (5), 6-7, 6-3, 6-4, in the third round of Wimbledon.
Istomin, ranked 70th, had scored a first-round, five-set upset of the 20th seed, Stansilas Wawrinka of Switzerland, and followed it with a five-set victory over journeyman Rainer Schuettler of Germany.
Berdych, a semifinalist at the French Open, trailed Istomin by two sets to one before unleashing a series of powerful ground strokes and broke Istomin’s serve in the sixth game of the fourth set. After that, although Istomin remained close on the scoreboard, Berdych held an upper hand.
Even with two match points in the final game, Berdych had his hands full, finally tapping a cross-court half volley away from Istomin to reach a third match point. An ace sealed it for Berdych and he moved to the fourth round.
The crowd, largely cheering for Berdych, chanted “To-mas Ber-dych, To-mas Ber-dych” through much of the match, urging him to a difficult victory.
Tomas Berdych celebrates winning his match against Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan on Day Five
of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis
and Croquet Club on June 25, 2010 in London, England
*a third round match that was far more competitivethan most anyone expected*
Berdych flying as Istomin runs out of steam
Friday, 25 June 2010
Tomas Berdych, who beat Andy Murray on his way to the semi-finals at Roland Garros last month, moved into the last 16 after beating Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin in five sets.
Berdych had not dropped a set in the previous rounds but was taken to the limit in a 6-7 (1), 7-6 (5), 6-7 , 6-3, 6-4 win. Istomin is a high-quality player on grass as he proved when, despite losing, he ended Rafael Nadal's 28 consecutive sets winning streak in the third round at Queen's Club.
Istomin reached the third round the hard way here: five sets with Stanislas Wawrinka, the Swiss No2, and another five-set tussle in defeating Germany's Rainer Schuettler, another experienced grass courter.
So, inevitably, Istomin was expected to struggle if he was forced to go past three sets. He shocked Berdych in the first, turning on the firepower just at the right time and taking it on a tie-break.
The Czech, who won the point on 95% of his first serves and 73% of his second, levelled the match with another breaker in the second set.
Istomin then managed to forge ahead by winning the third shoot-out, but that was the last hurrah as he ran out of steam midway through the fourth, allowing Berdych to cruise through.
The Czech is fast becoming a Grand Slam contender.