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2011 Wimbledon Round 2: Tomas Berdych vs Julien Benneteau

Posted on June 22, 2011 at 5:24 AM

2010 runner-up Berdych easily advances - Tomas raced into the second round at Wimbledon on Monday with a 6-2, 6-2, 6-1 win over Filippo Volandri of Italy. He next faces Julien Benneteau. It was not so easy for the Frenchman who needed 5 sets in his opener to defeat Ruben Bemelmans (ATP 163) 6-4, 6-2, 3-6, 4-6, 6-1 in 2 hours 40 minutes.

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H2H Tomas Berdych vs Julien Benneteau

*irrelevant, it was a long time ago*


Order of Play - Wednesday, June 22, 2011

No. 1 Court - Matches Start At 01:00 pm

Gentlemen's Singles - 2nd Round

Julien Benneteau (FRA) vs Tomas Berdych (CZE) [6]


Gentlemen's Singles - 2nd Round

Andy Murray (GBR) [4] vs Tobias Kamke (GER)

Ladies' Singles - 2nd Round

Petra Kvitova (CZE) [8] vs Anne Keothavong (GBR)




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Stylish Czech Tomas Berdych has blazed into the Wimbledon's second round,

crushing Frenchman Julien Benneteau in straight sets





Big-serving Berdych banishes Benneteau


Wednesday, 22 June 2011


MATCH REPORT by Barry Newcombe


Tomas Berdych continues to react well to the responsibilities that go with being last year's runner-up at Wimbledon as his big serving and court craft took him into the third round after beating Julien Benneteau of France on No. 1 Court.


Sixth seed Berdych won 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 in one hour and 37 minutes and it may have given him a degree of satisfaction to have beaten Benneteau who defeated him in their only previous match, also at Wimbledon, in 2004.


Today's version of Berdych is an altogether different challenger. His service is a real weapon and the pace he was also able to generate from the baseline increased as the match went on. He served 10 aces in the match, mostly at the more important stages, as if to remind Benneteau that he had little chance of forcing a closer contest.


It was less predictable at the start when Benneteau, already a break down after his opening serve, broke back immediately when he forced Berdych to make three ground stroke errors in the third game.


But the Czech counter-attacked in the fourth. Having "won" the game, Berdych had to win it again because of a successful line-call challenge by the Frenchman and duly did so to lead 3-1.


So the foundations had been laid and Berdych continued to control affairs with the depth of his ground strokes, his overhead work and his serving. Benneteau, mostly staying back, held on well in the second set until he dropped serve to love in the ninth game, giving Berdych an opportunity that he took with relish.


The Czech, who is making his eighth appearance at Wimbledon, won the second set with three aces in a row. He ended the match with two more. If he can continue to maintain his form under increasing pressures, this is set to be another good tournament for him.




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Berdych Cruises

by ATP Staff  | 22.06.2011

2010 Wimbledon finalist Tomas Berdych stormed through to the third round, overwhelming Julien Benneteau 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 in one hour and 37 minutes.

The No. 6 seed broke Benneteau six times and cracked 42 winners to just nine unforced errors to notch his first victory against the Frenchman; Benneteau won their lone previous meeting seven years ago in a first round match at Wimbledon.

Berdych advances to play unseeded Alex Bogomolov Jr., who upset No. 25 seed Juan Ignacio Chela 6-0, 6-3, 6-4 in one hour and 32 minutes.



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Tomas Berdych - serene progress continues.



Tomas Berdych says it's important to relax



There's nothing but good feelings at Wimbledon, writes Tomas Berdych


Last year at Wimbledon was a special time for me.

Before the tournament, if someone had told me that I would play Rafael Nadal in the final, I would have said that would be great but given the number of great players on the Tour I thought that it would have been tough to achieve.

Beating Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic to reach the final would definitely have to have been the highlight of my career so far, as everyone wants to play the final of Wimbledon growing up and I was no different.

So coming back to Wimbledon after last year has a really nice feeling for me. It is my favourite place and I love playing here and on the grass courts.

On the other hand, there is now a lot of expectation for me to repeat what I did, but I would prefer not to think about it that way because it is a new year, a new tournament.

The rain over the last few days has been very frustrating for everyone, but it's a matter of how you deal with that. Everyone is different.

It gets down to who is stronger in the mind. Who's going to focus better.

I don't care with the rain. It doesn't worry me too much as there is not much you can do about it until it is time to go and play, so I like to relax.

Actually I was in the locker room before the match and I was near Mardy Fish. We had a lot of time to spare with our matches scheduled for 12pm, but the delay was about four hours, so I had enough time, and I almost fell asleep.

While I was lying there I could hear Mardy saying "What's up with this guy, look at him. He has one hour to the match and he's sleeping".

I opened my eyes, smiled, and then went back to 'sleep'.

Today I was only on the court for about 90 minutes but felt very comfortable on court. I've got two good matches under my belt, so I'm happy.

The most pleasing thing about the match today was that I was only on the court for just over 90 minutes, which is very important in the grand slams. Our matches are very physical, so the longer the matches go, the tougher it becomes in the final days of the tournament.



Tomas Berdych in action during his second round match against Julien Benneteau of France on Day Three of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 22, 2011 in London, England.


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