|Posted on June 27, 2019 at 2:25 PM|
Tomas Berdych in action during his match against Denis Shapovalov of Canada day three of The Boodles Tennis Event at Stoke Park on Thursday, June 27, 2019 in Stoke Poges, England. Stoke Park is located only 35 minutes from central London. Shapovalov won 5-7 6-3 10-5.
DENIS SHAPOVALOV d. TOMAS BERDYCH 5-7 6-3 10-5
Canada's Shapovalov is fast making himself a favourite with the crowd at The Boodles, and the rising star recorded a third victory in three days as he edged Berdych in a match tiebreak. The 33-year-old Czech was competing for the first time since Indian Wells in March, having dealt with multiple injuries and setbacks over the last 12 months.
Berdych and his big serve managed to squeak out the first set, but Shapovalov's aggressive tennis and comfort on the court would not be denied on a scorching day at Stoke Park.
“I'm just going out there enjoying my time here at The Boodles, and playing pretty loose,” the 20-year-old explained of his recent success. “The last three matches I've played I've been serving pretty well, and been really using my forehand well: opening up the court and taking it up the line. So I'm going to try and take it to Wimbledon, and hopefully that continues I can play just as well there.”
Of the Wimbledon draw – which takes place on Friday – he said: “Honestly I just look at the first round – maybe second round, sometimes. Usually I just try to focus one match at a time. But I'm pretty confident, you know – having three matches here is perfect, it's just what I needed.”
Berdych – the Wimbledon runner-up in 2010, falling only to Rafael Nadal – is simply relishing being back in competition.
“I'm very glad to be back,” he enthused post-match. “It's just my second experience of being here, but this time is even better. I'm glad to be back playing some tennis and getting some matches under my belt, and it's a great opportunity. I'm glad to be playing one more tomorrow, and just enjoying that I can be back on court.”
Looking ahead to The Championships, Berdych knows thing will not be easy.
“I won't be seeded, so I can play anyone in the first round,” he assessed. “And that's also part of the process, part of the new experience [with injuries]. And I'll just try to do my best, you know, whoever's going to be on the other side of the net. I'm not really looking too far ahead – I think that's been the situation in the past.”