|Posted on January 5, 2011 at 11:57 AM|
Top seed Tomas Berdych breezed into the second round of the Chennai Open with a 6-0 6-1 victory over Portuguese opponent Frederico Gil. The world number six took just 45 minutes to see off Gil, ranked 95 places below him. "It was one of those matches. It does not happen always," said the Czech, who now takes on Croatia's Ivan Dodig.
Order of Play – Wednesday, January 5, 2011
STADIUM - Matches Start At 5:00 pm
Tomas BERDYCH (CZE) vs Ivan DODIG (CRO)
Marcos DANIEL (BRA)/Eduardo SCHWANK (ARG) vs Rohan BOPANNA (IND)/ Aisam-Ul-Haq QURESHI (PAK) aka “The Indo-Pak Express” 'Stop War Start Tennis'
Bjorn PHAU (GER) vs Richard GASQUET (FRA)
Xavier MALISSE (BEL) vs Stephane ROBERT (FRA)
The second round of the Aircel Chennai Open kicks off on Wednesday with four match-ups and eight of the ATP World Tour’s stars duking it out for quarter-final berths.
First up on Stadium court is the tournament’s top seed, World No. 6 Tomas Berdych, hoping to continue his strong start in 2011 against Ivan Dodig. Berdych won only seven of 20 matches between Wimbledon and the end of the year last year, but in his first match of the new season he looked very sharp, needing just 45 minutes to oust Frederico Gil, 60 61. Dodig also had a simple first round win but has very little experience against the world’s elite, losing his only previous match against a Top 10 player handily (to Novak Djokovic two years ago, 61 64).
(1) Tomas Berdych (CZE) vs Ivan Dodig (CRO) 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: 1-0
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 (d. Gil in 1st Rd., 60 61 in 45 minutes)
• Had first Top 10 season in 2010, highlighted by first Grand Slam SF at Roland Garros (l. to Soderling) then first Grand Slam final at Wimbledon (l. to Nadal); 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)
QF: Stockholm (l Ljubicic)
YTD W-L: 1-0
YTD Titles: 0/Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: January 2, 1985
South African Airways 2011 ATP Ranking: 88
• Dodig, 26, is playing here for the first time (d. Daniel in 1st Rd., 62 62 in 1 hour and 10 minutes)
• Is 0-1 in his career against Top 10 players (l. to No. 3 Djokovic in 2008 Marseille 1st Rd., 61 64)
• Had first Top 100 season in 2010 [finishing No. 88]; best result on ATP World Tour was QF at Stockholm (l. to Ljubicic); reached 2nd Rd. at three majors (Australian Open, Wimbledon, US Open); won one Challenger title
Bjorn Phau (GER) vs (4) Richard Gasquet (FRA) First ATP Meeting
03 Napoli CH (Italy) Clay R16 Richard Gasquet 6-3 3-6 7-5
Another very good performance!
Czech tennis player Tomas Berdych serves to his Croatian opponent Ivan Dodig, during their second round match at the ATP Chennai Open 2011, in Chennai on January 5, 2011. Berdych won the first set 6-2 as the match continues.
Berdych Finding Form In Chennai
5 January 2011
Top seed Tomas Berdych swept into the Aircel Chennai Open quarter-finals on Tuesday when he defeated World No. 88 Ivan Dodig 6-2, 6-4 in 88 minutes.
Berdych, currently No. 6 in the South African Airways 2010 ATP Rankings, making his Chennai debut, broke Dodig two times in the in the first set and in the fifth game of the second set.
"The scores may look like as if the match was easy, but I can tell you no match is ever easy," said Berdych. "One has to play well to make it look easy.
It is more important that I give my best each time I go on court and take every chance that comes my way. I have had a good start in the tournament, but I am not looking at the semi-final or final yet. My next match is what counts."
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Berdych on Song in Chennai
TOMAS BERDYCH Happy New You!
Berdych eases into last 8
Top seed and World No.6 Tomas Berdych was kept on court for longer than expected as he eased past the unheralded Ivan Dodig 6-2, 6-4, to enter the singles quarter-finals of the Aircel ATP Chennai Open tennis tournament here Wednesday.
The match lasted an hour and 27 minutes as the 25-year-old Czech Berdych overcame some resistance in the second set by the 88th-ranked Croatian who otherwise was outplayed for much of the contest.
"No match is easy despite what the scores might indicate. You have to work hard to make it look easy," said Berdych.
Berdych, the 2010 Wimbledon finalist, had far too much variety and consistency in his play while Dodig spent much of the match retrieving without able to really trouble his opponent.
The 25-year-old Czech, who twice beat the iconic Roger Federer last year, stamped his authority on the match with breaks in the first, third and fifth games of the opening set and it put Dodig on the defensive.
The only hiccup for Berdych was that he dropped serve in the fourth, but it did not change the course of the set or, for that matter, the match itself.
"I made two or three mistakes in that game and lost it. Luckily, I had the advantage of two breaks and it helped," Berdych said.
In the second set, Berdych broke in the fifth and there was not much that Dodig could do to get back into the match that ended when the Czech comfortably closed on his serve.
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Czech tennis player Tomas Berdych returns the ball to his Croatian opponent Ivan Dodig, during their second round match at the ATP Chennai Open 2011, in Chennai on January 5, 2011. Berdych won the match 6-2, 6-4.
Berdych sails into Chennai Open quarters
05 jan 2011
Top seed Tomas Berdych breezed into the quarter-final of the Chennai Open with a 6-2 6-4 win over Croatia’s Ivan Dodig on Wednesday.
The world number six broke his opponent twice in the first set and then served out to pocket the match in 87 minutes.
“The start of the tournament has been pretty good so far. I made a couple of mistakes but I had the advantage of two breaks,” Berdych told reporters.
“It’s important for me to concentrate… the scores may look like as if the match was easy, but I can tell you no match is ever easy. One has to play well to make it look easy.”
Twice champion Marin Cilic’s shock first round defeat has removed a potential obstacle from his path but Berdych said he was not thinking about the title yet.
“I have had a good start in the tournament but I am not looking at the semi-final or final yet. My next match is what counts.”