|Posted on July 4, 2015 at 4:55 PM|
Berdych Survives Andujar Assault
ATP Staff | Saturday, July 4, 2015
Tomas Berdych was pushed to the brink by Pablo Andujar in Saturday's Wimbledon third round, rallying for a 4-6, 6-0, 6-3, 7-6(3) victory.
Andujar, who had never won a main draw match on grass at any level entering the week, gave the sixth-seeded Czech all he could handle. The Spaniard took an early lead after breaking twice in the opener, and despite winning just three combined games in the second and third sets, he would have an opportunity to force a decider when serving for the fourth at 5-3.
Andujar had needed five sets in defeating countryman Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in the first round and again in ousting Lukas Rosol in the second round, but Berdych would stem the tide with an immediate break back, forcing a fourth set tie-break. He would convert on his second match point after racing to a 3-0 lead. The 2010 runner-up closed out the win after two hours and 39 minutes, throwing down 14 aces and firing 58 total winners. He capitalised on seven of 18 break chances.
Berdych extended his FedEx ATP Head2Head advantage over Andujar to 3-1, exacting revenge after most recently falling in Valencia 2014. He will face either 12th seed Gilles Simon or 18th seed Gael Monfils next, with his sights set on a 12th quarter-final berth in 13 tournaments this year.
Score and Stats - Tomas Berdych def. Pablo Andujar