|Posted on January 21, 2011 at 5:00 PM|
Tomas won his second-round match against Philipp Kohlschreiber. In the third round he will play No. 28 seed Richard Gasquet of France.
Order of Play – Friday, January 21, 2011
Margaret Court Arena - Match Start 11:00 AM
Women's Singles - 3rd Round
Monica Niculescu (ROU) vs Francesca Schiavone (ITA) 
Women's Singles - 3rd Round
Na Li(CHN)  vs Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (CZE)
Men's Singles - 3rd Round
Tomas Berdych (CZE)  vs Richard Gasquet (FRA) 
Not Before 7:00 PM - Men's Doubles - 2nd Round
Lukasz Kubot (POL)/Oliver Marach (AUT) vs Samuel Groth (AUS)/Greg Jones (AUS)
Berdych Safely into 4th Round! Brilliant Again!
BERDYCH 6-2 7-6 6-2 - GAME,SET & MATCH - Gasquet slaps a dejected forehand long of the baseline to hand Berdych the match at the first attempt. It's another impressive performance from the Czech sixth seed, who will next face either ninth seeded FernandoVerdasco or Kei Nishikori.
Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic returns against Richard Gasquet of France during their round three men's singles match on the fifth day of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 21, 2011. Berdych won the first set 6-2 as play continued in the second set.
January 21, 2011 | by ATP Staff
Tomas Berdychis trying to reach the Aussie Open quarter-finals for the first time
Sixth seed Tomas Berdych equalled his best performance at Melbourne Park, reaching the fourth round with a commanding 6-2, 7-6(3), 6-2 victory against former World No. 7 Richard Gasquet.
Though Gasquet made the better start, assuming a 2-0 lead, Berdych quickly gained control of the match, racing through the next six games to seal the opening set in 27 minutes. Gasquet’s next chance to challenge the Czech came in the final game, but Berdych coolly faced down triple break point to claim victory.
Berdych, last year’s Wimbledon finalist and Roland-Garros semi-finalist, will attempt to reach the
Australian Open quarter-finals for the first time when he faces Spaniard Fernando Verdasco who defeated Japan’s Kei Nishikori.
Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic smiles as he walks off the court after beating Richard Gasquet of France during their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 21, 2011.
Mature Berdych a threat
Friday, 21 January, 2011 | By Matt Cronin
Tomas Berdych has made eight trips to Melbourne, but this is the first time that he's entered the event as a legitimate title threat. After his 6-2, 7-6(3), 6-2 dismantling of the talented yet enigmatic Richard Gasquet in the third round on Thursday, the sixth-seeded Czech declared himself ready to break out
"I didn't give him a chance to step in and put pressure on me," said Berdych, who was cheered on by a vocal group of Czech-Aussie fans. "The conditions were tough with the wind, so I had to be careful and patient and wait for my chances. The tiebreak was important and you never know if you can lose a couple points and we'd still be on court."
Gasquet changed it up after the first set and began to attack more, no longer waiting for the Czech's mistakes. But nonetheless, Berdych is in much better physical shape than he was two years ago, is a good deal quicker and can hurt his opponents from the back court and at the net.
He's a more knowledgeable player and doesn't get as wild as he used to, like when he blew a two-sets-to-love lead against Roger Federer in the fourth round of Australian Open 2009. Reaching the Roland Garros 2010 semifinals (where he bested Andy Murray) and Wimbledon 2010 final (where he took out Federer) gave him a load more confidence.
Against Gasquet in what could have been a very complicated match, he registered 39 winners and only committed 17 unforced errors and closed out the match with maximum efficiency.
"I'm in a different position now, because before I was the one chasing the big names and now I'm in the opposite position," he said. "That's really nice to be in a new situation but I still nee to improve things in my game."
Berdych has now reached the fourth round four times in Melbourne, losing to Federer twice and to Nikolay Davydenko once. This time around, because of his improved ranking position, he won't have to play a higher seed, and thus will confront the winner of the match between No.9 Fernando Verdasco and Kei Nishikori.
"Now I don't have to play Rafa or Roger this early," he said. "It's tough to say it's easier, but if you put it together with Roger and Rafa's name, it is easier. But it will still get harder and harder."
While Berdych has been in great form during this week and had an excellent first half of 2010, he slid after Wimbledon, complaining of having too much pressure on him after reaching the final.
But he appears to have put things back in perspective and says he's more comfortable being a player to watch. He wants to end the year in the top eight again and if he makes charge in Melbourne will go a long way toward that goal.
"I'm starting to learn with this new situation and really stating to enjoy it," he said. "Even today I lost my serve in the first game and I had the feeling that I would get through anyway."
Handshake at the end of the match between Berdych and Gasquet
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