|Posted on August 19, 2010 at 10:52 PM|
Berdych, Baghdatis advance to third-round matchup
Czech seventh seed Tomas Berdych, the Wimbledon runner-up, and Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis advanced to a third-round matchup with Tuesday triumphs at the ATP Cincinnati Masters tournament.
Berdych defeated France's Paul-Henri Mathieu 6-4, 6-4 while Baghdatis outlasted Brazil's Thomaz Bellucci 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (7/4) at the three million-dollar event, a tuneup for the US Open that begins August 30.
H2H Berdych - Baghdatis *Happy Faces*
Order of Play – Thursday, August 19, 2010
GRANDSTAND Matches Start At: 12:00 noon
Mardy FISH (USA) vs Richard GASQUET (FRA)
David NALBANDIAN (ARG) vs Novak DJOKOVIC (SRB)
Marcos BAGHDATIS (CYP) vs Tomas BERDYCH (CZE)
Not Before 7:00 PM
David FERRER (ESP) vs Nikolay DAVYDENKO (RUS)
Tomas lost to Marcos Baghdatis and won't play QF against Nadal
Bad Day at the office!
Marcos Baghdatis defeated the seventh seeded Tomas Berdych 7-5, 6-4 in the third round of the ATP World Tour Masters in Cincinnati.
The Cypriot number one started the match in a very aggressive fashion and Berdych was forced to save five break points in the third game of the opener. Despite being denied a break of serve
Baghdatis kept striking the ball well, maintaining his high level to keep the pressure on Berdych and he eventually earned the breakthrough in the eleventh game to take a 6-5 lead as Berdych sprayed a forehand wide. Baghdatis then tried to close down the set in the following game but was forced to save three break points before converting his fifth set point as the Czech miscued another forehand.
Tomas Berdych received treatment on his right knee before the second set started but that did not help him respond well to Baghdatis’ great plays.
On his third break point chance in the third game Baghdatis broke through after a deep return on to the baseline that forced another forehand error from Berdych. He was then denied on two match points in the ninth game, but strong serving from Baghdatis helped him to close out victory in just over two hours in very warm conditions at the Grandstand in Cincinnati.
T-Bird Taking Flight to Flushing Meadows... far away from Cincinnati
Tomas Berdych from the Czech Republic hits a backhand shot against Marcos Baghdatis from Cyprus during a match at the Cincinnati Masters tennis tournament, Thursday, August 19, 2010, in Mason, Ohio.