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2011 Miami Masters Round 3: Tomas Berdych vs Carlos Berlocq

Posted on March 28, 2011 at 3:34 PM

Tomas fought past Spain's Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo 6-1, 6-7 (4/7), 6-0 on Saturday. He next faces unseeded Carlos Berlocq of Argentina for a fourth round spot. They have never played against each other before. Their encounter is scheduled on Monday.

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H2H Tomas Berdych / Carlos Berlocq

Order of Play - Monday, March 28, 2011

GRANDSTAND Starting At: 11:00 am

Carlos Berlocq (ARG) vs [7] Tomas Berdych (CZE)

followed by

[Q] Olivier Rochus (BEL) vs [13] Mikhail Youzhny (RUS)

followed by

Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP) vs [6] Jelena Jankovic (SRB)

Not Before 4:30 PM

[5] Francesca Schiavone (ITA) vs [9] Agnieszka Radwanska (POL)

followed by

[25] Gilles Simon (FRA) vs Pablo Cuevas (URU)

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Tomas advances in Miami

Berdych Reaches Fourth Round

Miami, USA

ATP NEWS by Matt Fitzgerald | 28.03.2011

Seventh seeded Tomas Berdych was challenged by Argentinean Carlos Berlocq in the fourth round of the Sony Ericsson Open, but came through in two intense sets to win 7-6[8], 7-5.

The 2010 Miami finalist saved set points in the first set tie-break but then found himself down a break midway through the second set. Berlocq was unable to build on his lead and was broken back to level the set at 3-3. The Czech eventually served for the match at 5-4, but Berlocq continued to hang around, breaking Berdych to even the score at 5-5. However, he couldn't follow it up with a hold of serve and Berdych finished off the Argentine with an ace on match point.

The win advances the No.7 seed to the fourth round, where he'll play Florian Mayer, a 6-1, 3-6, 6-1 victor over 11th seeded Nicolas Almagro. Berdych is undefeated against the German in their three career meetings, two of which were on hard courts. In matches where Mayer has won the first set this season, he's now holds a 10-1 record, with his lone loss coming to Marin Cilic in Germany's Davis Cup tie against Croatia earlier this month.

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Seventh seed Tomas Berdych in action against Carlos Berlocq

MATCH REPORT - Eurosport

First up for the men, it's Argentina's Carlos Berlocq taking on Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic! Berdych - the world number seven - will be clear favourite for this one, against the world number 72, but they've never met before so we're in for an intriguing match-up on Grandstand!

BERDYCH 0-1 - BREAK! Ouch. Berdych has had a real shocker right at the start of this match. He hits three double-faults to hand over his opening service game with barely a whimper

BERDYCH 0-2 - Berlocq shows his deft hands at the net to wrap up a relatively comfortable hold of serve, and consolidates that break

BERDYCH 1-2 - Berdych gets on the board with a slightly improved service game! His first serve is still letting him down at the moment - currently sitting at a woeful 23% - but there's signs in the rally that the Czech could yet prove too strong for Berlocq

BERDYCH 1-3 - Berlocq fires his second ace of the match down the middle on his way to a comfortable hold of serve, and he's hitting big on Grandstand. The Czech will be waiting for the unforced errors to start creeping in, but Berlocq is looking really confident the moment

BERDYCH 2-3 - Berlocq continues to hit for the windows, and more often than not he's landing a screamer right onto the line! A massive forehand winner to the right baseline corner brings up break point, but Berdych saves - and eventually holds from deuce - with a more composed display, watching Berlocq hit long to hand over the game

BERDYCH 2-4 - Berlocq races to 40-30, before Berdych forces deuce with a well-timed approach and a thunderous smash from the net. The Argentine regroups from deuce to emphatically secure the hold from the baseline, and only has to hold serve twice more to steal a surprise lead in this match!

BERDYCH 3-4 - Berdych does exactly what he has to; holding to 15 with relative ease. He's growing into this match, the Czech, but he needs to force something soon if he's to rescue this set

BERDYCH 3-5 - Berdych makes a real fight of Berlocq's service game - earning a break point from deuce with some stubborn hitting in the rally - but the Argentine eventually holds with some textbook serve-volley

BERDYCH 4-5 - That'll do for Berdych - the Czech holds comfortably to keep the first set alive. He's got one more chance to get back into this set, can he take it?

BERDYCH 5-5 - BREAK! YES HE CAN! What a time to break, and Berdych is right back in this set! The Czech digs out a fabulous shot to bring up break point, and Berlocq's hit and hope strategy is starting to crumble a little bit

BERDYCH 6-5 - And, for the first time in the match, Berdych gets his nose in front! The clouds are just starting to clear here in Miami, and the Berdych is certainly looking brighter on Grandstand. The Czech is finally starting to dictate play, and Berlocq is struggling to play with enough consistency to really trouble him

BERDYCH 6-6 - Berlocq holds serve defiantly to force a tie-break, but Berdych continues to look confident at the tail end of this set!

RDYCH 7-6[8] - SET! Berdych lands a looping forehand over the baseline to hand over two set points at 4-6 in the breaker, but Berlocq fails to convert with an awfully-timed double-fault! Berdych then saves the second after a tremendous rally at the net, before eventually serving out the tie-break and the set! What a blow for Berlocq, who was so close to an upset in that first set

BERDYCH 7-6[8] 1-1 - Both players make a bright start to the second set on Grandstand - Berlocq continuing to hit for the lines, whilst Berdych looks much more confident now after edging that opening set. We could be in for an entertaining set here!

BERDYCH 7-6[8] 1-2 - Berlocq gets his nose back in front, knocking in a couple of ace in a much more comfortable hold of serve

BERDYCH 7-6[8] 3-2 - BREAK! Berdych responds with a comfortable hold of serve, before Berlocq romps to 40-0 on his own serve. He fails to convert the first game point with a long forehand from the baseline, and a poor dropshot into the net brings the Czech up to 30-40. A wild forehand into the tramlines brings up deuce, and a double-fault gives Berdych a break point! The Czech comes into the net, and seals the break with a strong volley! What a slip-up from Berlocq...

BERDYCH 7-6[8] 3-3 - BREAK! Berdych goes off the boil on his next service game, handing Berlocq a break point at 30-40. The Czech shows real mental fortitude at break point, slamming an unreturnable serve down Berlocq's throat to force deuce, but Berlocq batters his way through the next two points to restore parity on Grandstand!

BERDYCH 7-6[8] 3-4 - Berlocq saves a break point with an ace down the centre of the court and he goes on to hold, albeit after squandering his first chance, when Berdych fails to return a forehand into play

BERDYCH 7-6[8] 4-4 - Berdych draws level thanks to a couple of heavy serves, and there's still nothing to separate these two in this second set! We could be on our way to another tie-break here...

BERDYCH 7-6[8] 5-4 - BREAK! The crowd roars as another blistering forehand draws Berlocq up to deuce on his own serve, but the Argentine hands over a potentially fatal break over serve with a couple of sloppy shots from the baseline! The Czech can now serve for the match - can he hold his nerve this time to avoid conceding the break-back?

BERDYCH 7-6[8] 5-5 - BREAK! Berdych's game collapses as Berlocq batters his way to 40-0 on the Czech's serve. A long forehand from the Argentine wastes the first of three break points, and Berdych saves the second with a massive ace. He knocks the third wide, however, and once again fails to consolidate his earlier break!

BERDYCH 7-6[8] 6-5 - BREAK! Thats' three breaks in a row, as Berdych gets some real power behind the return. Berlocq nets a forehand from the baseline to hand over another break, and Berdych will have a second opportunity to serve for the match!

BERDYCH 7-6[8] 7-5 - GAME, SET & MATCH! Once again Berlocq comes up with a big shot under pressure - drilling Berdych into the corner and slamming home a winner at the net to draw level at 30-all. The Argentine can't return another big serve though, bringing up match-point after two and a quarter hours. One final massive serve from Berdych seals the match, and it was far from straight forward against big-hitting Berlocq!

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