|Posted on August 4, 2010 at 3:55 AM|
Red Hot Tomas Berdych in Washington on Wednesday night
Berdych Returns To Action!
Tomas Berdych is playing in his first tournament since his runner-up appearance at Wimbledon. He received a direct place in the second round and will debut Wednesday against Dmitry Tursunov, currently the 514th ranked player in the world. Russian Dmitry Tursunov earned his first match win in more than a year as he rallied past countryman Teymuraz Gabashvili 5-7, 7-5, 6-4 in two hours and 42 minutes. He was sidelined followed the 2009 US Open with an ankle injury and returned to competition in May at Roland Garros.
Order of Play – Wednesday, August 4, 2010
STADIUM Matches Start At: 4:00 pm
Sam QUERREY (USA) vs Janko TIPSAREVIC (SRB)
Not Before 5:30 PM
Alejandro FALLA (COL) vs Lleyton HEWITT (AUS)
Not Before 7:00 PM
Andrew COURTNEY (USA)/Michael SHABAZ (USA) vs Bob BRYAN (USA)/Mike BRYAN (USA)
Tomas BERDYCH (CZE) vs Dmitry TURSUNOV (RUS)
My match Report "We have a Winner Here"
I woke up in the middle of the night without making any noise *like a little mouse* at 3.30 am to follow a match of Tomas, not with a livestream, not à la telly…. no, no, no,…. only a small black and white window that we, tennis fans, call « live scoreboard »… black and white but… hey, a-ni-ma-ted the tiny window! OK Tomas took first set in a tie-break (7-2). The first set lasted exactly one hour. I guess it’s not easy to play a first match after four long weeks off competition. Tursunov broke early in the second set and is leading 2-0*. Tomas 1st serve % is dramatically low only 46%. Fingers crossed, I do hope he can break back. Tomas has a bp at 3*-2, please take it! No, pity Deuce, Adv Tursunov and finally 4-2*. Maybe later, never despair.and stay focused Tomas. Me I’m sleepy, so please don’t follow me.... Tursunov is serving to win the second set 5*-4. Allez Tomas, here come your chances 30-30… alas…. finally Tursunov takes the 2nd set 6-4. Tomas to serve first in the decisive set, it’s a very good thing. First game with ace # 9 for Mr Wimby Runner Up. Allez hop hop hop Tomas 2 bp… arrgghh Deuce, another one Adv Berdych… yesssssss 2*-0. I was mentally singing the song of Taio Cruz « Break Your Heart » Lyrics is ‘Baby from the start. I'm only gonna break break ya break break ya heart. (x4) Woah Woah’ Of course, I was singing in the name of Tomas I’m gonna break break ya break break ya … serve. Back to the match, sounds good, excellent … 3-0*. They are playing for 2 hours and Mr. Berdych seems on fire… pity… scoreboard doesn’t work any more , Tomas is 40-15* had 2 bp wazzzzup? I search a Tweet… found out nothing…. suddenly scoreboard is back. Tomas won the 3rd set 6-1. Winner: Tomas Berdych. I’m happy and go back to bed without making any noise *like a little mouse*. It’s 5.50 am. Phew, Tomas must be relieved too. Sweet dreams xoxoxo
Tomas Berdych remains in contention after surviving a staunch early challenge from Dmitry Tursunov.
The Wimbledon runner-up took hour hours and 17 minutes to secure the 7-6(2), 4-6, 6-1 win,
and will now play 16th seed Andrey Golubev for a place in the quarter-finals.
From Tomas Berdych post match interview
"I was quite struggling with the serve. It's the reason I was playing a long time."
"It's about feeling the rhythm of the serve. I was resting a little after Wimbledon, four weeks. I lost a little bit of the rhythm."
"He (Tursunov) just kept serving well and won the second set."
(early games in the final set) "It was a very important moment. I was trying to really concentrate. In the other sets I started off pretty bad. I wanted to do it differently in the third set, give him some more pressure. It was a key moment."
"I got some power and energy and was able to win the third set. I'm quite happy to start after Wimbledon with another win."
"It's good to get back into matches."
"It's a nice challenge for me. It's much more pressure. You need to be ready for it. Everyone is out to beat you and they have nothing to lose because you are the favorite."
"The important thing was that I could go through."
Today's ATP Homepage - Berdych Tested!
Legg Mason Tennis Classic
Berdych Shakes Off Nervous Start
Washington, D.C., U.S.A. by ATP Staff | 04.08.2010
Top-seeded Czech Tomas Berdych was tested in his first appearance since the Wimbledon final, before prevailing against Russian Dmitry Tursunov 7-6(2), 4-6, 6-1 on Wednesday night at the Legg Mason Tennis Classic in Washington, D.C.
World No. 8 Berdych made a shaky start to his first competitive match in a month, dropping his opening service game, but immediately recovered the break.
After winning the first set tie-break, the Czech failed to maintain the momentum as he lost serve again to start the second set – ultimately proving enough for Tursunov to level the match.
Berdych quickly extinguished Tursunov’s hopes for an upset, breaking open a 5-0 lead in the decisive set before claiming the victory in two hours and 17 minutes.
Tursunov, a former World No. 20, had been sidelined from last July to this past May with an ankle injury and had earned his first match win in more than a year on Monday.
The 24-year-old Berdych is in the midst of a career-best season, highlighted by runner-up finishes at Wimbledon and the Sony Ericsson Open and a semi-final run at Roland Garros. At the All England Club, he upset Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic before falling to Rafael Nadal in the final.