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2010 Basel - Round 1: Tomas Berdych vs (LL) Tobias Kamke

Posted on November 1, 2010 at 12:36 PM

Tomas serves against Tobias Kamke (slow motion) 

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Order of Play - Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Center Court 

02:00 PM

Radek Stepanek, CZE vs Thiemo de Bakker, NED

04:00 PM

Andy Roddick, USA vs Sam Querrey, USA


Roger Federer, SUI vs Janko Tipsarevic, SRB

08:00 PM

Tobias Kamke, GER vs Tomas Berdych, CZE 

followed by

Bob Bryan, USA /Mike Bryan, USA vs Karol Beck, SVK /Jan Hajek, CZE

(LL) Tobias Kamke (GER) vs (3) Tomas Berdych (CZE)   First Meeting

Last on Centre Court is No. 3 seed Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic against lucky loser Tobias Kamke of Germany in a first-time meeting. World No. 6 Berdych has struggled since reaching his first Grand Slam final at Wimbledon, going 7-10 since then (he was 36-12 on the year coming out of Wimbledon). Kamke is fast on the rise, too - he ended 2009 at No. 254 in the world and is now No. 72, mainly on the strength of some strong Challenger results. Berdych is trying to secure one of the three remaining spots for the season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London later this month.

Berdych FastFacts:

2010 Highlights:

F: ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami (l Roddick); Wimbledon (l Nadal); SF: Brisbane (l Roddick); Roland Garros (l Soderling); QF: San Jose (l Roddick); Memphis (l Gulbis); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Indian Wells (l Nadal); Munich (l Petzschner); Washington (l Malisse); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Toronto (l Federer); Kuala Lumpur (l Ferrer)

YTD W-L: 43-22

YTD Titles: 0

Career Titles: 5

Date of Birth: September 17, 1985

South African Airways 2010 ATP Ranking: 6

• Berdych, 25, the top player from the Czech Republic, has reached the quarter-finals or better 11 times this season and he advanced to his first Grand Slam final (l. to Nadal) at Wimbledon on July 4…He is only player in Top 10 yet to win an ATP World Tour title this year (0-2 in finals)

• Has a 43-22 match record on the season, including 23-17 on hard courts…He is No. 6 in the South African Airways 2010 ATP points standings (with 3,665 points) and trying to secure one of the three remaining spots for the season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London

• He also advanced to final at ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami (l. to Roddick) in April

• Also a semi-finalist in Brisbane (l. to Roddick) and Roland Garros (l. to Soderling) and quarter-finalist in seven other tournaments

• He spent 27 non-consecutive weeks at No. 9 or No. 10; two weeks in Oct. 2006 and then again all but two weeks from July 9, 2007-Oct. 8, ’07, and from Feb. 4, 2008-May 5, ’08 except one week)…Ranks a career-high No. 6 the past three weeks [since Oct. 18] and looking to finish in Top 10 for first time

Kamke FastFacts:

2010 Highlights:

YTD W-L: 6-7

YTD Titles: 0

Career Titles: 0

Date of Birth: May 21, 1986

South African Airways 2010 ATP Ranking: 72

• Kamke, 24, has made one of the biggest jumps into the Top 100 this year, climbing from No. 254 at the end of 2009 to a career-best No. 72 this week

• He is making his tournament debut as a lucky loser, taking the place of Marcos Baghdatis…He lost in the last round of qualifying to Jan Hajek

• He is looking for his first Top 10 win…The only time he’s played a Top 10 opponent came at Wimbledon where he lost to No. 10 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the third round

• He has a 6-7 mark in ATP World Tour play and last week he lost to countryman Philipp Kohlschreiber in the second round in Vienna…He qualified at Wimbledon and advanced to the 3rd Rd. with wins over Garcia-Lopez and Seppi …Also qualified at Roland Garros (d. Robert, l. to Montanes)

• He has compiled a 35-16 match record in Challenger play while winning titles in Granby (d. Raonic) on Aug. 1 and Tiburon (Calif.) 10 days ago (d. Harrison)…Also runner-up in Baton Rouge (l. to Anderson) in April and Furth (l. to Haase) in June



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"Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm."
 Winston Churchill:




German lucky loser Tobias Kamke halted Tomas Berdych’s campaign to qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals as he ousted the third seed 6-4, 6-1 in the last of the first-round action Wednesday. The 24-year-old Kamke has climbed from World No. 254 at the end of 2009 to a career-best No. 72 this week courtesy of strong results on the ATP Challenger Tour, and broke serve four times from 11 opportunities as he blitzed Berdych in 81 minutes.

The 25-year-old Berdych is currently sixth in the year-to-date ATP Rankings, but his campaign to qualify for the elite eight-man field at the season finale has rapidly lost momentum since Wimbledon, where he reached his first Grand Slam final (l. to Nadal). Since then, he has compiled a 7-11 match record, punctuated with other first-round exits at the US Open (l. to Llodra), Beijing (l. to Berrer) and Stockholm (l. to Nieminen following a bye). He will travel to the BNP Paribas Masters next week, where there are 1000 ranking points on offer to the winner.



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Tomas Berdych returns a ball to German Tobias Kamke during their 1st round match at the Davidoff Swiss Indoors tennis tournament at the St. Jakobshalle in Basel, Switzerland, Wednesday, November 3, 2010



Ace Berdych!

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With sixth position at the year-to-date (YTD) rankings, Czech Tomas Berdych was the top contender for a London qualification until Tuesday. However, Berdych’s performance in Basel on Wednesday halted his race to London as he lost his first round match against German Tobias Kamke and exited the tournament. Berdych’s only chance of a qualification now rests in a semi final run in Paris next week.


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Tomas Berdych slumped to a 6-4, 6-1 loss against Tobias Kamke, the 72nd-ranked German, who entered the main draw as a lucky loser in qualifying.



and now Tomas 'Just Dance' with Lady Gaga

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I've had a little bit too much

All of the people start to rush.

Start to rush by.

A dizzy twister dance...



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