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2011 Wimbledon Round 3: Tomas Berdych vs Alex Bogomolov

Posted on June 24, 2011 at 10:35 AM


The World No. 6 ranked Tomas Berdych has clinched victory in the second round, beaten Frenchman Julien Benneteau in three sets with a 6-1, 6-4 and 6-2. Berdych made 42 winners and nine unforced errors in the match, where he will play against American Alex Bogomolov in the third round. Berdych is playing well on the grass court, as he was seed No. 6 in the championship.



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H2H Tomas Berdych vs Alex Bogomolov

*it's a first meeting*



Order of Play – Friday, June 24, 2011


Court No. 18 - Matches Start At 12 noon

Ladies' Singles - 2nd Round

Elena Baltacha (GBR) vs Shuai Peng (CHN) [20]

Ladies' Singles - 3rd Round

Petra Kvitova (CZE) [8] vs Roberta Vinci (ITA) [29]

Gentlemen's Singles - 3rd Round

Alex Bogomolov Jr. (USA) vs Tomas Berdych (CZE) [6]

Ladies' Doubles

Anne Keothavong/Laura Robson (GBR) vs Olga Govortsova (BLR) [16]/Alla Kudryavtseva (RUS) [16]



Tomas Berdych in a good mood as he goes two sets up, and with a break in his third round match
(the match is postponed to Saturday because of rain)



Berdych in strong position

Friday, 24 June 2011

MATCH REPORT | by Helen Gilbert

Exactly a year ago Tomas Berdych crept through the draw with a minimum of fuss before shocking Roger Federer and then eventually losing to Rafael Nadal in the final.

On Court 18, the sixth-seeded Czech looked on course to continue this campaign in the same fashion, although he did engage in healthy debate with the umpire before the heavens opened and suspended play for the day with him leading Alex Bogomolov Jr 6-2, 6-4, 4-3.

On paper, Berdych was never going to be troubled by his 28-year-old opponent who was making his first Wimbledon appearance and whose third round outing marked his best Grand Slam performance. Bogomolov may have been playing here on a career-high ranking of No.72 but he was distinctly flat in the opening set, which passed him by in the blink of an eye.

It could have been nerves; or it could have been the fact that he was facing last year's Wimbledon runner-up for the first time in his career. Whatever the reason, the American was jolted out of the lack-lustre haze at the start of the second set when Berdych became embroiled in deep discussion with the umpire.

He was convinced he had hit a winner on a crucial point on Bogomolov's serve despite the line judge calling a fault. The stunned 25-year-old laughed in disbelief, shook his head and pleaded with the umpire saying ''no, no, no'' but it didn't matter a jot and the American went on to hold the game. Astonishingly, the same scenario unfolded in the second game when Berdych assumed he had hit yet another winner, this time on game point. Again it was called out; and again an incredulous Berdych chortled in horror.

The incident proved to be a welcome distraction for Bogomolov. who shook off the nerves, tightened his game and began serving with the self-belief that had been lacking in the previous set. Even so, Berdych is not No.7 in the world for nothing and he was simply biding his time for a break point opportunity. Three of those came at 3-3 and Berdych sealed the first with a blistering backhand winner to edge ahead. Two games later, he had carved out a set point with a sparkling backhand volley before serving up an ace to polish off the set 6-4.

The American was broken at exactly the same stage of the third set, when Berdych hit a blistering backhand winner past him at the net. Just at that moment the rain came and the match was halted. The showers refused to cease and play was suspended just after 7pm.



Rain Halts Play on Friday



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Play was called off for the day at Wimbledon everywhere except Centre Court as light rain fell at the All England club on Friday with Berdych leading 2 sets, 4-3 in the third.

Order of Play – Saturday, June 25, 2011

Court No. 18 - Matches Start At noon

Ladies' Singles - 3rd Round

Melinda Czink (HUN) vs Shuai Peng (CHN) [20

Gentlemen's Singles - 3rd Round

Tomas Berdych (CZE) [6] vs Alex Bogomolov Jr.(USA) - To Finish 6-2 6-4 4*-3

Ladies' Singles - 3rd Round

Ana Ivanovic (SRB) [18] vs Petra Cetkovska (CZE)

Gentlemen's Singles - 3rd Round

Nicolas Almagro (ESP) [16] vs Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) [18]




Tomas won the 7 points he needed (3 mp) in a row in ... 3 minutes only!


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Bogomolov was quickly finished off by 2010 runner-up Tomas Berdych




Dangerous Berdych flies under Wimbledon radar

Sat Jun 25, 2011 | By Tom Pilcher

LONDON (Reuters) - Last year's runner-up Tomas Berdych coasted into the last 16 at Wimbledon on Saturday and his smooth progress through the draw continued to go almost unnoticed outside the Czech Republic.

He faced a barrage of questions in his native language at a post-match news conference and then politely answered one in English about the lack of interest in him.

"It's kind of funny. Maybe I need to win more matches for the English-speaking media to come," joked the 25-year-old Czech sixth seed after his 6-2 6-4 6-3 win over American Alex Bogomolov Jr. which was carried over from Friday.

Since his journey to last year's final against world number one Rafa Nadal, during which he upset Roger Federer in the last eight and Novak Djokovic in the semis, Berdych has not won a tournament.

After a grasscourt masterclass lasting just 103 minutes his beaten opponent was in no doubt, however, that Berdych is peaking at just the right time and that the world number seven is good enough to win a maiden grand slam title.

"He got to the finals last year for a reason. He's playing really well on grass and hitting some incredible shots on the run. They're flat, they stay very low to the ground, and you can't really play offence against him," Bogomolov Jr. said.

Berdych will next face another American in Mardy Fish and should he win that he would set up a possible quarter-final clash with top seed Nadal.






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ATP Homepage of Saturday, June 25, 2011



Berdych Continues To Roll

by ATP Staff |  25.06.2011

2010 Wimbledon finalist Tomas Berdych continued to roll at The All England Club, defeating Alex Bogomolov Jr. 6-2, 6-4, 6-3 in the third round Saturday.

The No. 6 seed fired 16 aces and did not face a break point, winning 80 per cent of his service points to overwhelm the American. Berdych is yet to drop a set, and has lost just 21 games in his first three matches. Bogomolov was appearing in the third round of a Grand Slam event for the first time.

In the fourth round, the Czech will square off against 10th-seeded Mardy Fish for the first time. The American led Robin Haase 6-3, 6-7(5), 6-2, 1-1 before the Dutchman retired from their third-round encounter. Fish consistently applied pressure on Haase’s serve but was only able to convert three breaks in 20 chances. The win gives Fish his best result at The Championships, having lost in the third round on three other occasions.



 Tomas certainly happy to be through to the second week

Berdych into 4th round by defeating Alex Bogomolov Jr. of the United States 6-2, 6-4, 6-3.

When the players resumed on Saturday, Berdych was in mood for hanging about. He held serve and broke Bogomolov in the next game to book his place in the fourth round and set up a clash with another American, 10th-seeded Mardy Fish. Berdych has not dropped a set on the way to the fourth round and looks in imperious form. If this continues he could well be on the way to repeating his 2011 feat.

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