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2011 Monte-Carlo Round 3: Tomas Berdych vs Ivan Ljubicic

Posted on April 14, 2011 at 11:04 AM

Today Tomas will play his third round match at the Monte Carlo Masters. He’ll face Croatian veteran Ivan Ljubicic who beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. I watched this match on tv and all I can say is that Ivan Ljubicic is playing great clay-court tennis at the moment. Plus I like Ljubicic's quote: "I was just trying to keep calm, and then wait for my chance. Because on clay it comes, it always comes." Okey-dokey. Good Luck Tomas! Do your best!


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H2H Tomas Berdych / Ivan Ljubicic


Order of Play – Thursday, April 14, 2011

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


followed by


followed by

Frederico GIL (POR) vs Gael MONFILS (FRA)

followed by

Jurgen MELZER (AUT)) vs or Nicolas ALMAGRO (ESP)




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Tomas did not play bad... see stats. He missed a bit of luck with the bp he got in the first set. I knew that Ljubicic would be a dangerous opponent, he played awsome against Tsonga, some fabulous shots at 32! Also imo weird schedule for Berdych’s status as ATP World # 7, tournament Seed # 5 and 2010 Quarterfinalist: Round 2 was the latest match of the day, Round 3 the first match… oh gosh at 10:30 a.m. and tournament organizers never gave Tomas the opportunity to play on the Centre Court. No need to add that Tomas –like ALL the other players- really dislikes having to play so early in the morning. Plus the weather is not that great in Monte-Carlo, you know, it was cloudy, cold only 14 degrees!… Oh well… Enjoy the long weekend everyone!



some captures from the match Berdych/Ljubicic

match umpire Cedric Mourier of France

Elegant Berdych!

Berdych's special shoes to play on that provide good traction

Berdych's coach Tomas Krupa... as you can see Mr. Krupa is married

Tomas Berdych uses Head Tennis Rackets... 'officially' since January 2011

Top: Tomas' parents, Martin and Hana Berdych
(From L to R) new physio Jose Felix Gonzalez Castilla, fitness trainer David Vydra
and coach Tomas Krupa




Thursday, April 14, 2011 - by ATP Staff

…/… Nadal next will face Croatian Ivan Ljubicic, who cruised past fifth-seeded Czech Tomas Berdych 6-4, 6-2 in just 81 minutes, having broken the 2010 Roland Garros semi-finalist’s serve on three occasions.

“He's a very experienced player,” warned Nadal. “He played well against Berdych. [I] saw him play in the locker room. It's going to be a really difficult match tomorrow. I have to play like today if I want to have chances, and that's what I'm going to try.”

Former World No. 3 Ljubicic, currently No. 40 in the South African Airways 2011 ATP Rankings, has returned to winning ways this week in Monte-Carlo after coming in on the back of four successive defeats. The Croatian is through to the quarter-finals in Monte-Carlo for the third time and will face Nadal at this stage for the second time; in 2008 the Mallorcan won in straight sets.



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