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Idol of Czech Jiri Vesely, 2011 Australian Open Junior Boys' Singles Winner is... Tomas Berdych

Posted on January 29, 2011 at 9:49 AM

Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic poses with the trophy after defeating Luke Saville of Australia

in the Junior Boy's Final match on day thirteen of the 2011 Australian Open

at Melbourne Park on January 29, 2011 in Melbourne, Australia.

Commanding Vesely captures junior boys' crown

Saturday, 29 January, 2011| By Matthew Trollope

Top seed Jiri Vesely has brushed aside local hope Luke Saville in the final of the Australian Open junior boys' event, cruising to the title in straight sets.

Vesely, 17, arrived in the final without dropping a set, and continued this trend as he raced to a 6-0, 6-3 win in one hour and 15 minutes..


Tomas Berdych during Aussie Open 2011

Excerpt from Jiri Vesely's interview

Q. Do you look at your idols like Ivan Lendl, Jan Kodes, Radek Stepanek, Tomas Berdych? What kind of idols did you have?

JIRI VESELY: Idols, yeah, Ivan Lendl and Jan Kodes, they were playing when I wasn't even on the world, so I don't know how they are playing. I know how they are playing, but it's other tennis now than was before.

So now I think I have the idols Tomas Berdych that I'm practicing with him sometimes in my club, what's the best club in Czech Republic. There's everything what you can, massage, physio, so everything what you need to have. So think it's Tomas Berdych.

Little anecdoct about Jiri Vesely: He is a left-hander and trained with Spaniard David Ferrer who needed preparation for his AO match against Rafael Nadal.

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Jiri Vesely, Australian Open 2011 Junior Champion


From ITF website - 'Juniors'

2011 Australian Open - Jiri Vesely crowned champion

Czech Jiri Vesely pulled off a rare double-double at the Australian Open on Saturday when he was crowned junior champions for 2011.

World No 1 Vesely beat Australian Luke Saville 60 63 to win his first grand-slam title and add the singles crown to the doubles he won with Filip Horansky of Slovakia on Friday.

The Czech completed a brilliant week as he won the title without losing a set, becoming the first Czech to win the boys’ event in the history of the Australian Open.

“It's unbelievable,” Vesely said. “It's something you can't imagine before the tournament because you go to a grand slam tournament and you have to win six matches. You play against the best guys in the world. Then if you are No. 1 seeded, then there is a little bit more pressure on you to play against the other guys. But I think I played really well this week. I didn't drop a set, which is unbelievable. It's just amazing.”



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