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2011 Monte-Carlo (R1=bye) Round 2: Wildcard Tomas Berdych vs Qualifier Olivier Rochus

Posted on April 12, 2011 at 8:27 AM

Tomas has been seeded fifth for this year's Monte-Carlo Masters. After receiving a bye in the first round, he'll open against qualifier Olivier Rochus who beat Juan Ignacio Chela at the end of a tough and long fight (+3 hours). Match Berdych/Rochus is scheduled on Tuesday.

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Time to Get Revenge. Go Tomas!

I was attending the match he lost to Ollie Rochus in Monte-Carlo in 2005.

*phewww time is flying by, exactly 6 years day for day*

HEAD TO HEAD Tomas Berdych vs Olivier Rochus

(Q) Olivier Rochus (BEL) vs (5) Tomas Berdych (CZE) Berdych Leads 3-2

05 ATP Masters Series Monte Carlo - Clay - R32 - Olivier Rochus 7-6(4) 3-6 6-2

05 ATP Masters Series Madrid (Spain) - Hard R64 Olivier Rochus 1-6 7-6(6) 6-3

06 ATP Masters Series Paris (France) - Carpet R32 Tomas Berdych 6-7(4) 6-4 6-2

07 ATP World Team Chp. (Germany) - Clay RRTomas Berdych 6-3 6-0

10 BEL vs. CZE WG 1st RD (Belgium) - Clay RR Tomas Berdych 6-3 6-0 6-4

Other Meetings:

04 San Marino CH (San Marino) - Clay R32 Olivier Rochus 2-6 6-4 6-1

09 Prostejov CH (Czech Republic) - Clay R32 Tomas Berdych 4-6 6-3 6-0

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This Fengshui photoshop I created especially for Tomas today (flower in a cup, yellow colour,

a touch of pink) is supposed to create excellent yang energy and bring good luck

Rochus FastFacts:

2011 Highlights:

YTD W-L: 4-2

YTD Titles: 0

Career Titles: 2

Date of Birth: January 18, 1981

South African Airways 2011 ATP Ranking: 78

Berdych FastFacts:

2011 Highlights:

SF: Chennai (l Wawrinka); Dubai (l Djokovic); QF: Australian Open (l Djokovic); Rotterdam (W/O vs Tsonga); Marseille (l Cilic); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami (l Nadal)

YTD W-L: 19-7

YTD Titles: 0

Career Titles: 5

Date of Birth: September 17, 1985

South African Airways 2011 ATP Ranking: 7

Tomas Ready To Fight

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Order of Play - Tuesday, April 12, 2011

COURT DES PRINCES - Matches Start At: 10:30 am

Janko TIPSAREVIC (SRB) vs Feliciano LOPEZ (ESP)

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Olivier *marathon man* ROCHUS (BEL) vs Tomas BERDYCH (CZE)

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not the perfect start with a df ;-) but the only one of the whole match

First match on clay of the season is never an easy task

"Hurry up Tomas, we are cold"

Tomas' parents, Martin and Hana Berdych, were watching his match against Olivier Rochus and cheering on their son from the stands. Tomas celebrated victory at 7.06 P.M. It was the latest match of the day on the Court des Princes and it's pretty cold in the evening in Monte-Carlo.

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Tomas Berdych breezed into the third round with a straight sets win over Olivier Rochus

Berdych Advances

by ATP Staff  |  12.04.2011

World No. 7 Tomas Berdych rounded out the day's action as he ended the run of Belgian qualifier Olivier Rochus, 6-2, 6-3, to reach the third round in Monte-Carlo for the third time in six visits. The Czech player, who advanced to the semi-finals (l. to Nadal) in 2007, saved six of the seven break points he faced and broke serve four times from 11 opportunities to seal victory in one hour and 46 minutes.

The 25-year-old Berdych has made a strong start to the 2011 ATP World Tour season, reaching the quarter-finals or better in six of his seven events played. He made his Grand Slam breakthrough on clay last year when he reached the Roland Garros semi-finals (l. to Soderling), before a month later finishing runner-up at Wimbledon (l. to Nadal).

Tomas focused... had 11 bp opportunities

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Berdych is seeded fifth for this tournament, but the world number 78 could be an awkward opponent on clay.

Berdych will serve first as the match begins.

BERDYCH 1-0 - It's not the most convincing of starts as Rochus moves around the court well and brings him to deuce. An ace from the Czech produces game point, but he misses with a backhand crosscourt. Berdych gets close again, but the patient Rochus reels him back in and earns a break point chance. A crisp backhand, a confident forehand and a missed drop shot turns the tide back Berdych's way.

BERDYCH 1-1 - After a wobbly start in his service game Berdych is all over Rochus at once on the return game. Three break points come up immediately and but the dogged Rochus manages to save all three with some baseline rallies. He closes out the next two points as well to hold, and survives a big scare.

BERDYCH 2-1 - A more convincing service game from Berdych, who seems to have settled. The jump from hard courts to clay takes a lot of adjustment.

BERDYCH 4-1 - Rochus rebounds from the disappointment of a break with a positive performance, earning a break point on the Czech's serve. But Berdych finds some form just in time, hitting some authoritative forehands to bring up game point of his own, and he extends his lead.

BERDYCH 5-1 - BREAK! Rochus is delving into his box of tricks to stay in the contest, but he's having to produce extraordinary shots to do so. A drop shot saves one break point, and a running, passing backhand saves a second. He cannot manage it a third time as the Czech's power finally tells.

BERDYCH 5-2 - BREAK! Berdych is bested by another Rochus dropper, and then an outrageous backhand lob to build a 0-30 lead. But the Czech again gets himself back into the game with some well-angled, powerful groundstrokes. He misses out on set point as Rochus catches him with a drop shot, and then fires wide to leave the Belgian a chance - and he takes it!

BERDYCH 6-2 - SET! The Rochus comeback is a short-lived one. For the third time in succession Rochus is broken, unable to compete with the ferocity of Berdych's shots. A backhand down the line seals his fate, and it's hard to see the Belgian responding in the second set.

BERDYCH 6-2 1-1 - You sense that if Rochus harbours any hope of advancing then an early hold of serve was crucial. He manages it, winning the game to fifteen as Berdych's radar lets him down.

BERDYCH 6-2 2-1 - Rochus makes Berdych work tooth and nail for this one, but the end result is the same. Despite several deuces, power trumps guile and Berdych holds serve. Pressure back on the Belgian.

BERDYCH 6-2 2-2 - It looks as if Rochus will hold serve again, but every point he claims is a battle. Two game points come and go as Berdych pegs him back, before creating a couple of break chances of his own with unanswerable forehands. But unforced errors have crept into the Czech's game, and they give the patient Rochus the game in the end.

BERDYCH 6-2 5-3 - BREAK! That might well be the end of the contest. Berdych strings together four monstrous points, culminating with a vicious backhand which Rochus cannot control to break to love. He will now serve for the match.

BERDYCH 6-2 6-3 - WINNER! That will do! Berdych does it with ease, holding to love and finishing with a booming ace down the middle. Rochus simply didn't have what it takes to live with hi

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Tomas Berdych bounced out Olivier Rochus, 6-2, 6-3

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