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2011 Beijing Singles Round 1 - Tomas Berdych vs Jurgen Melzer

Posted on October 4, 2011 at 11:55 AM

Czech third seed Tomas Berdych will be hoping for a recovery from the shoulder problem which has plagued him since the summer and forced his retirement from a US Open third round match. His first test will come against Austrian Jurgen Melzer, a quarterfinalist this week in Kuala Lumpur.

Order of Play – Tuesday, October 4, 2011

NATIONAL TENNIS STADIUM - Starting At: 12:30 pm


Not Before 3:00 PM

Jo-Wilfried TSONGA (FRA) vs Grigor DIMITROV (BUL)

followed by

Tomas BERDYCH (CZE) vs Jurgen MELZER (AUT)

Not Before 7:30 PM


followed by

Thomaz BELLUCCI (BRA) vs Juan Carlos FERRERO (ESP)



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H2H Tomas Berdych / Jurgen Melzer


PREVIEW - From ATP site

(3) Tomas Berdych (CZE) vs Jurgen Melzer (AUT) Melzer Leads 2-1

2005 Adelaide (Australia) Hard R32 Jurgen Melzer 6-4 4-6 6-3

2005 ATP Masters 100 Montreal (Canada) Hard R64 Tomas Berdych 6-1 6-3

2007 Sydney (Australia) Hard QF Jurgen Melzer 6-2 6-4

Berdych FastFacts:

2011 Highlights:

SF: Chennai (l Wawrinka); Dubai (l Djokovic); Nice (l Almagro); Halle (l Petzschner); Bastad (l Soderling); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Cincinnati (l Djokovic); 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); ATP Masters 1000 Montreal (l Tipsarevic)

YTD W-L: 42-18 (26-10 on hard)

YTD Titles: 0/Career Titles: 5

Date of Birth: September 17, 1985

South African Airways 2011 ATP Ranking: 10

• Berdych, 26, the top player from the Czech Republic, is playing in Beijing for the second straight year…Lost in first round last season

• Has advanced to the quarter-finals or better in 13 tournaments this season, including six semi-finals… He and No. 9 Gael Monfils are the only players in Top 10 yet to win an ATP World Tour title this year

• Has a 42-18 match record (26-10 on hard) this season…Of his six semi-finals, three have come on hard courts – Chennai in January, Dubai in late February and ATP Masters 1000 Cincinnati in August

• He opened the year with a semi-final in Chennai (l. to Wawrinka) and followed with quarter-final efforts at the Australian Open (l. to Djokovic), Rotterdam (W/O vs. Tsonga) and Marseille in February (l. to Cilic)…Also a semi-finalist in Dubai (l. to Djokovic)

• At Roland Garros lost in the first round to Stephane Robert (9-7 in fifth set) and at Wimbledon reached the fourth round (l. to Fish)

Melzer FastFacts:

2011 Highlights:

SF: ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Monte Carlo (l Ferrer); QF: Marseille (l Tursunov); Barcelona (l Ferrer); Hamburg (l Verdasco); Kuala Lumpur (l Baghdatis)

YTD W-L: 20-20 (9-11 on hard)

YTD Titles: 0/Career Titles: 3

Date of Birth: May 22, 1981

South African Airways 2011 ATP Ranking: 21

• Melzer, 30, the top Austrian on the ATP World Tour, is making his Beijing debut

• His best result this season was a first career ATP World Tour Masters 1000 semi-final showing in Monte-Carlo in April (l. to Ferrer)...Also a quarter-finalist four times, including last week in Kuala Lumpur

• Has a 20-20 match record (9-11 on hard) this year…Broke Top 10 on Jan. 31 after 4th Rd. at Australian Open and then slipped out for a week before returning on Feb. 14 and was there for 15 straight weeks until falling out on June 6…Reached career-high No. 8 on Apr. 18 (was there eight weeks)

• Last month, captured his second Grand Slam doubles title at US Open (w/Melzer)

• In March, he played in first round Davis Cup home tie vs. France and lost to Jeremy Chardy in opening rubber and defeated Gilles Simon in five sets in fourth rubber although France prevailed 3-2

• In first two ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments, reached the third round in Indian Wells (bye, d. Benneteau, l. to Gasquet) and lost in opening round to Philipp Petzschner in Miami



Tomas Berdych celebrates after defeating Jurgen Melzer during their 1st round match

in Beijing on Tuesday, October 4, 2011. Berdych won 7-5, 7-5


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Tomas Berdych dumps Jurgen Melzer in opening round clash



Captures from Live Streaming

There was straight-set success for Czech Tomas Berdych, with the third seed who has been bothered by shoulder problems, coming through a hard-fought over Austrian Juergen Melzer 7-5, 7-5.



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ATP homepage of Tuesday, October 4, 2011


Tomas moves into second round at China Open

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ATP NEWS - October 4, 2011

Berdych Beats Melzer

Third seed Tomas Berdych, currently No. 8 in the Battle For London, survived a potentially tricky test against former Top 10 star Jurgen Melzer of Austria 7-5, 7-5 in one hour and 38 minutes. Berdych won 76 per cent of his service points, hitting five aces and saving all three break points he faced. The Czech has reached the quarter-finals or better at 13 tournaments this season.


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Tomas Berdych made successful start at the China Open


Tomas Berdych serves during his match against Jurgen Melzer of Austria
at the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing October 4, 2011.

Berdych wins first-round match

10/4/11 | Kelli De Mario (Tennistalk)

Tomas Berdych def. Jurgen Melzer 7-5, 7-5

Third seed Tomas Berdych advanced to the second round following his 7-5, 7-5 victory over Jurgen Melzer. The 26-year-old Czech held twelve consecutive service games through 97 minutes of play. Berdych completed his effort with five aces and two breaks of serve.

He is scheduled to face qualifier Philipp Kohlschreiber in the next round. The German dismissed Tommy Robredo in the first round.

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