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2011 Rotterdam Round 1: Tomas Berdych vs Guillermo Garcia-Lopez

Posted on February 8, 2011 at 11:00 AM

Tomas will play his first-round match at ABN AMRO Rotterdam against Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez. They have played against each other three times before, GGL won two matches.

From ATP site: Guillermo Garcia-Lopez has been playing the best tennis of his career, currently ranked a career-high No. 29 and coming off a strong third round showing at the Australian Open (where he lost to eventual finalist Andy Murray). He won his second ATP World Tour title in Bangkok last September (where he beat World No. 1 Rafael Nadal en route).

Update Saturday, February 5, 2011 - Guillermo Garcia Lopez reached SF in Zagreb but lost to Ivan Dodig in a match that lasted 2h52mn, nearly 3 hours. *when you win a match you are never tired ...his opponent Ivan Dodig won the final the day after. When you lose you are 2 x more tired, mentally and physically*


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H2H Tomas Berdych / Guillermo Garcia-Lopez


Order of Play – Tuesday, February 8, 2011

CENTRE COURT - Matches Start At: 11:00 am


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followed by

Jo-Wilfried TSONGA (FRA) vs Grigor DIMITROV (BUL)

followed by

[LL] Philipp Petzschner (GER) *replaces Ersnests Gulbis (fever)  vs Thiemo DE BAKKER (NED)*

Not Before 7:30 PM


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From ATP website

Last on Centre Court is No. 4 seed Tomas Berdych against Guillermo Garcia-Lopez. Berdych has been very strong so far this year, including reaching his first Australian Open quarter-final. But this could be a tough one for him. He is 2-5 lifetime in Rotterdam (never advancing past the second round) and he has a 2-1 losing record against Garcia-Lopez, including a loss in Shanghai last fall. Also, Garcia-Lopez is playing the best tennis of his career - he set a new career-high of No. 26 this week after reaching the semi-finals of Zagreb last week.

Tuesday First Round Fed-Ex ATP Head 2 Heads

Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP) vs (4) Tomas Berdych (CZE)

Garcia-Lopez leads 2-1

07 Roland Garros (France)    Clay R128 Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 7-5 6-4 6-4

09 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid Clay R64 Tomas Berdych 6-0 7-6(5)

10 ATP Masters 1000 Shanghai (China)   Hard R16 Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 7-6(4) 6-3

Garcia-Lopez FastFacts:

2011 Highlights:

SF: Zagreb (l Dodig); QF: Doha (l Tsonga)

YTD W-L: 7-4

YTD Titles: 0

Career Titles: 2

Date of Birth: June 4, 1983

South African Airways 2011 ATP Ranking: 26

• Playing fifth tournament of season (7-4 record); best results were SF last week at Zagreb (l. to Dodig) and QF at Doha (l. to Tsonga); also 2nd Rd. at Sydney (l. to Stakhovsky) and 3rd Rd. at Australian Open (l. to Murray)

• Second appearance at Rotterdam (0-1 record); fell 1st Rd. last year (l. to Ilhan)

Berdych FastFacts:

2011 Highlights:

SF: Chennai (l Wawrinka); QF: Australian Open (l Djokovic)

YTD W-L: 7-2

YTD Titles: 0

Career Titles: 5

Date of Birth: September 17, 1985

South African Airways 2011 ATP Ranking: 7

• Playing third tournament of season (7-2 record); reached SF at Chennai (l. to Wawrinka) then QF at Australian Open (l. to Djokovic; has now reached QF or better at first three majors, only one missing is US Open)

• Sixth appearance at Rotterdam (2-5 record); reached 2nd Rd. twice, in 2005 (l. to Davydenko) and 2008 (l. to Karlovic); fell 1st Rd. in other three appearances (2006, 2007 and 2009)



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Tomas born on a Tuesday is used to win his matches when he plays on a Tuesday


Tomas awaits a serve from Guillermo Garcia-Lopez

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Tomas Berdych sails into the next round at ABN AMRO Rotterdam

Wrapping up singles action for the day, the Czech giant Tomas Berdych made his way into the second round without breaking a sweat.

Pitted against Guillermo Garcia-Lopez and trailing 0-1 in the hard court head-to-head, Berdych was quick to do away with the Spaniard and level the score.

Seeded fourth in the event, Berdych got off to a strong start in the match. Taking less than thirty minutes in the opener, Berdych held Lopez to seven points while he raced to clinch a breadstick win for himself. In addition to saving five of seven break points, the Czech also successfully converted two of three break opportunities to his advantage.

The second set was over as soon as it started. Losing only two points on service, Berdych sealed his straight sets victory with a 6-2 win in the second set.

The Czech wrapped up the match in less than an hour, striking three aces and losing only six of forty eight points on service. The Czech moves on ahead to play the qualifier Dmitry Tursunov.



Berdych Surges in Rotterdam

Fourth-seeded Czech Tomas Berdych dropped just six points on serve in a 6-1, 6-2 win over Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez. He won the first five games of the match and used another five-game win streak to finish off the first set and build a 4-0 lead in the second. The Wimbledon finalist next plays Russian Dmitry Tursunov.

Tomas made a convincing start at ABN AMRO Rotterdam

Tomas: "hey you... wanna see my abs?"

abs... absolutely purrr-fect! 8)

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