|Posted on January 4, 2011 at 2:33 PM|
Berdych Makes Debut - World No. 6 Tomas Berdych will try something new at the start of the 2011 ATP World Tour season by making his debut as the top seed in Chennai. The Czech player is bidding for his sixth career title. Berdych will face Frederico Gil in the first round. These players have never played each other at an ATP World Tour, Grand Slam or Davis Cup main draw event.
Order of Play - Tuesday, January 4, 2010
STADIUM - Matches Start At 5:00 pm
Yuki BHAMBRI (IND) vs Alexandre KUDRYAVTSEV (RUS)
Tomas BERDYCH (CZE) vs Frederico GIL (POR)
Stanislas WAWRINKA (SUI) vs Rohan BOPANNA (IND)
David GOFFIN (BEL) vs Somdev DEVVARMAN (IND)
in the media... -not very nice- Routine outing?
Tomas Berdych, ranked sixth in the world, will have a routine first round match up against Portuguese Frederico Gil, who despite making it to the final of the World Tour event at Estoril, languishes outside the top 100.
This appears to be a straight forward one for the top seed, except for the reputation of Chennai, branded the graveyard of the seeds. Berdych arrived from Abu Dhabi on Sunday, and will get in three or so sessions of practice before his campaign kicks off on Tuesday.
The schedule mirrors, and ominously so for the top seed, that of Robin Soderling, who struggled to come to terms with the jet lag, the surface, and ultimately his first round opponent here, last year.
*I believe Tomas will go through*
Chennai Tuesday Preview
by Greg Sharko | 04.01.2011
The first round of the Aircel Chennai Open continues on Tuesday, with a Top 10 star and three home favorites in action on Stadium court.
First is Indian teenager Yuki Bhambri against Russian qualifier Alexandre Kudryavtsev. Bhambri was a trailblazer for India on the junior circuit but can the 18-year-old make some noise in the pros. He earned his first ATP World Tour main draw victory last fall and will look for his second against the No. 159th-ranked Kudryavtsev.
Second up is top seed Tomas Berdych against Frederico Gil. Berdych was on fire in the first half of 2010 but trailed off in the second half (winning just seven of 20 matches after Wimbledon). In his first appearance in Chennai he will take on Gil, who became Portugal's first ATP World Tour finalist at Estoril last May
(1) Tomas Berdych (CZE) vs Frederico Gil (POR) First Meeting
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 Canada (l Federer); Kuala Lumpur (l Ferrer)
YTD W-L: 0-0
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 5
Date of Birth: September 17, 1985
South African Airways 2011 ATP Ranking: 6
- Berdych, 25, is playing here for the first time
- Last season he finished in the Top 10 for the first time at No. 6, highlighted by first Grand Slam SF at Roland Garros (l. to Soderling) then first Grand Slam final at Wimbledon (l. to Nadal) - He was the only player in year-end Top 10 not to win a title during season, also accumulated most of ranking points in first half of season (38-13 coming out of Wimbledon, 7-13 after that)
F: Estoril (l Montanes)
YTD W-L: 0-0
YTD Titles: 0/Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: March 24, 1985
South African Airways 2011 ATP Ranking: 101
- Gil, 25, reached a career-high ranking of No. 66 on set May 25, 2009 before finishing No. 101 with a 12-13 match record
- Last May, became Portugal's first ATP World Tour finalist in Estoril (l. to Montanes)
- Has never beaten a Top 10 player (0-4) with his best win over No. 18 Almagro at 2010 Costa do Sauipe)
(3-WC) Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) vs (WC) Rohan Bopanna (IND) Wawrinka Leads 1-0
10 Chennai (India) Hard R32 Stanislas Wawrinka 6-1 6-4
wow Tomas on Fire! def. Frederico Gil 6-0 6-1 in 45 minutes
Czech Republic's tennis player Tomas Berdych serves to his Portugese opponent Frederico Gil, during their first round match at the ATP Chennai Open, in Chennai on January 4, 2011. Berdych won the match 6-0, 6-1.
Berdych rolls in first round at Chennai
Top-seeded Tomas Berdych raced to an easy 6-0, 6-1 win over Frederico Gil of Portugal to move into the second round of the Chennai Open on Tuesday.
The No. 6-ranked Berdych wrapped up the contest in just 45 minutes and will now meet Croatian Ivan Dodig.
On a day of lopsided contests, fourth-seeded Richard Gasquet of France and Belgium's seventh-seeded Xavier Malisse also recorded straight-set wins.
Berdych, who made it to the Wimbledon final in 2010 after beating Roger Federer and Serbian Novak Djokovic, overpowered his 101st-ranked opponent, who managed to win only the sixth game of the second set.
''It just happened,'' Berdych said of the rout of his opponent. ''It's not going to be like this any more during the season. I heard he was unwell a few days ago.
''I played aggressively. It was very fast for him, tough for him to come back.''
Tomas signs balls after his victory over Gil
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Berdych breaks no sweat in Chennai opener
January 04, 2011
It took Tomas Berdych just 45 minutes to cruise through to the second round of the Chennai Open on Tuesday.
The top seed scored an emphatic 6-0, 6-1 win over Portugal's Frederico Gil to enliven proceedings at the tournament that had a day earlier witnessed the exit of its second seed and two-time defending champion, Marin Cilic.
The huge gulf in the ranking as well as the pedigree of the two players was palpable.
Berdych raced through the first 11 games and when Gil finally managed to hold serve in the 12th game, his effort received great applause from the crowd.
The top seed closed out the match in the next game.
The Czech, a finalist at the erstwhile Mumbai Open in 2006, will certainly be looking to go one better in his second tournament on Indian soil.
And Tuesday's result was a clear indicator of the fact that he is on the right track.
Interview on court after 1st round victory
Berdych cruises to second Round
In the second match on Center Court, on the second day of the 2011 Aircel Chennai Open, Tomas Berdych (CZE) defeated Frederico Gil (POR) 6-0; 6-1.
In the first set, Tomas Berdych, served out to win the set 6-0. The Czech republican swept away Frederico Gil yet again in the second set 6-1, breaking serve and pulling out 2 Aces.
Tomas Berdych, currently ranked World No 6, said, "I was really looking forward to start the first match of the season. I played slowly and quite aggressive as well. I'm pretty used to the heat in Chennai, so I was comfortable playing the game. I enjoy the crowd in Chennai as they love to come back and support me."
Czech tennis player Tomas Berdych returns the ball during his game against his Portugese opponent Frederico Gil, during their first round match at the ATP Chennai Open, in Chennai on January 4, 2011. Berdych won the match 6-0, 6-1.Berdych makes perfect start to new tennis season
By Vineeth Krishnan | 4 January 2011
Top-seeded Czech star Tomas Berdych made sure he did not follow Marin Cilic through the exit doors of the Chennai Open, powering past Federico Gil 6-0, 6-1 in the first round. In the earlier game, there was a disappointing end to wild card Yuki Bhambri's hopes, as he lost 6-2 6-1 to Alexandre Kudryavtsev.
World No.6 Berdych was on the money from the first point, breaking his Portuguese opponent in the very second game. Clocking consistently in the high 120 miles-per-hour bracket with his first serves, Berdych hardly gave Gil a chance to pick a point off his service games.
The crowd was definitely behind the Czech star, giving him a rousing ovation as he came onto court. Berdych gave his fans plenty to cheer for, as time and again he left Gil with no answer to the sheer power of his forehands.
Able to move Gil from side to side at will, Berdych climbed into a weak second serve at 15-30 in the fourth game to force an error, bringing up two break points. A double fault from Gil gave Berdych a 4-0 lead. He held serve for 5-0 and raced to 15-40 in the sixth game, getting a small slice of luck with a net cord that landed in to wrap up the set in 20 minutes.
The second set followed a similar pattern as Berdych thoroughly outclassed his opponent. Gil managed to get on the scoreboard, holding his serve in the sixth game, faring slightly better than in the first. But the nonchalant Berdych smashed his way to the finish line, hitting an ace to bring up the win in just 45 minutes.
Tomas in Form in India
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