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2011 Halle Round 2: Tomas Berdych vs Jan Hernych

Posted on June 8, 2011 at 1:32 PM

Today Tomas will play his second round match at the Gerry Weber against fellow Czech Jan Hernych.... I read in his post-match interview that Tomas arrived  late in Halle and lost his luggage on the way, maybe it affected him in his opener against the 169th ranked Belgian Ruben Bemelmans. Who knows?

Order of Play – Wednesday, June 8, 2011

CENTER COURT - Matches Start At: 12:00 noon

Leonardo MAYER (ARG) vs Lleyton HEWITT (AUS)

Not Before 1:30 PM


followed by

Milos RAONIC (CAN) vs Tobias KAMKE (GER)

followed by




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H2H Tomas Berdych vs Jan Hernych



The last first round match and the first four second round matches are all on the schedule on Wednesday at the Gerry Weber Open in Halle, one of two tournaments this week, the first week of the grass court season.

First up on Stadium is Lleyton Hewitt against lucky loser Leonardo Mayer of Argentina. Hewitt has had a difficult year so far, falling from No. 54 at the start of the year to his current ranking of No. 73 after playing only four events - this is in fact his first event since Indian Wells in March due to foot and ankle injuries. But he has always done very well on grass - seven of his 28 career titles have come on this surface - and he still out-ranks today’s opponent, Mayer, by over 130 spots.

Next up is No. 2 seed Tomas Berdych against fellow countryman Jan Hernych. After suffering a shock first round exit at Roland Garros, No. 7-ranked Berdych saved three match points on Tuesday against Belgian qualifier Ruben Bemelmans, 57 76[8] 64. Now the 2010 Wimbledon finalist will try to beat another qualifier in Hernych, against whom he is 3-0 lifetime (including a win at this tournament two years ago).


(Q) Jan Hernych (CZE) vs (2) Tomas Berdych (CZE) Berdych Leads 2-0

2006 Wimbledon (England) Grass R128 Tomas Berdych 6-3 6-4 7-5

2009 Halle (Germany) Grass R32 Tomas Berdych 6-4 7-5

Other Meeting:

2003 Graz CH (Austria) Hard R16 Tomas Berdych 6-3 7-6(6)

Hernych FastFacts:

2011 Highlights:

YTD W-L: 3-1

YTD Titles: 0

Career Titles: 0

Date of Birth: July 7, 1979

South African Airways 2011 ATP Ranking: 218

-  Fourth appearance (2004, ’08-09, ‘11) in Halle (1-3 record, Second Rd. in 2011)

Berdych FastFacts:

2011 Highlights:

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

YTD W-L: 27-12

YTD Titles: 0

Career Titles: 5

Date of Birth: September 17, 1985

South African Airways 2011 ATP Ranking: 7

- Fifth appearance (2006-09, ‘11) in Halle (11-3 record, Winner in 2007)




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Tomas cruises into quarterfinals


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Tomas Berdych reaches the last eight.


Berdych beats Hernych to reach Halle quarterfinals

by ATP Staff | 08 06 2011

Second seed and 2007 titlist Tomas Berdych recovered from a 3-5 second-set deficit to beat fellow Czech and qualifier Jan Hernych 6-3, 7-6(4) in one hour and 48 minutes for a place in the quarter-finals. The pair also met in the 2009 first round.

Berdych, who saved three match points Tuesday against Ruben Bemelmans, saved six of seven break points and hit 11 aces. He improved to a 12-3 record at the ATP World Tour 250 tennis tournament.

Berdych will next face fifth seed Viktor Troicki, who advanced to his fifth ATP World Tour quarter-final (or better) on the season with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Russian Igor Andreev in 53 minutes. World No. 12 Troicki was runner-up to Gilles Simon at the Medibank International Sydney in January. He has a 27-13 match record on the season.

"That is going to be a really tough game," said Berdych. "Maybe this time only the ranking position makes me the favourite, but the way he played in the last couple of weeks, that's really good. He’s been playing really well. He can do a lot of damage. I have never played him on grass. We'll see. I'm really looking forward to that. I have one more day off to get some more rhythm on the grass and some energy back."

 Interview with Tomas Berdych after the second round

Question: How did you feel out there?  You had four match points this time, after having three yesterday.

Berdych: Yes, that’s maybe the one thing I’m not happy with. But it was a much more solid game than yesterday, especially as Jan really likes to play on grass, his game really suits that surface. Especially on this court, where the bounce is really low, that’s really tricky and he can really use that and he’s really dangerous then. But it was a solid game for me and I’m happy I got through.

Q: So you weren’t happy about the match points. How can you deal with that?

Berdych: Well, I had two serves, and that’s quite a lot. I had two and I missed both of them, so I have to think about that right now after the match. Not during the match, because that is just disturbing you and you are not focused. But after losing those two points I luckily got back, I was mentally strong and won.

Q: The next one is against Viktor, he’s been easing through the first two rounds without a problem.

Berdych: Yes, that is going to be a really tough game. Maybe this time only the ranking position makes me the favorite, but the way he played in the last couple of weeks, that’s really good. He’s been playing really well. He can do a lot of damage. I have never played him on grass, it’s going to be our first match. We’ll see. I’m really looking forward to that. I have one more day off to get some more rhythm on the grass and some energy back.

Q: You won the tournament a few years ago and you are a good grass court player. But after all these months playing on clay and hard court, is it every time a new start on grass, or do you have it in your blood to play on grass?

Berdych: I can only talk for myself, but it’s always just a new beginning. I had great results in the past on grass, but everything starts from the beginning. There is no time to get really well prepared for grass. You just finish on clay and then the next week, without a week off, you have to go straight to the grass. The most important thing is to get used to it on these tournaments, so you just feel good, and then you can bring it to London, to Wimbledon. But the beginning is always very tricky. But if you feel good, you play good tennis. But if you don’t feel good, it’s really tough to get the rhythm back.

Q: But isn’t it at least mentally a big advantage to know that you have achieved so much on this surface? Or maybe because your opponents know that you are a good grass court player?

Berdych: Well, maybe that’s a better question for them. But I don’t think they think like this. It’s the same for everybody. I think just the results from the last weeks are important. If you have done well your confidence is higher and then you can do well on grass. I don’t think anybody is just looking at the fact that I won the tournament and will be scared because of that. I think it’s more of a disadvantage for me, because everybody wants to play better than usual, because I won the tournament before. They probably have more motivation to win against me.


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