• Berdych rallies to reach round three

    3/24/13 12:36 AM | Kelli DeMario
    Berdych rallies to reach round three World No. 6 Tomas Berdych survived a tricky second-round match with Spain's Daniel Gimeno-Traver Saturday evening. The Czech rallied to secure the victory in three sets, 5-7, 7-6(3), 6-2

    Fourth seed Tomas Berdych made the third round in Miami, having rallied to defeat Spain's Daniel Gimeno-Traver late Saturday. The World No. 6 tallied 10 aces and three service breaks through to a 5-7, 7-6(3), 6-2 victory in two hours and 14 minutes.

    With the match split at a set apiece, Berdych took a quick 2-0 advantage in the final set. An insurance break came at 3-1 for the Czech, who reached match point at 5-2.

    Berdych completed the second-round effort with 43 of 55 first-service points captured.

    He is scheduled to meet either 25th seed Fernando Verdasco or Alejandro Falla for a place in the round of 16.

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Berdych was quite lethargic at first,Gimeno-Traver pretty much handed him this one.

stratocast51 , 3/24/13 1:12 AM

Gimeno-Traver beats hemself when he faces a top 10 player.

scoretracker , 3/24/13 1:55 AM

I thought Gimeno-Traver outplayed Berdy in the first set. Even the second set was very tight. Berdy seemed a bit out of his comfort zone. At points in that second set he looked quite frustrated. The commentators said that he was gesturing to the court because the balls were bouncing up too high.

However, in that third set tb, Berdy brought the goods. Also, lower ranked players don't necessarily have what it takes to keep it together when the match is on the line.

Nativenewyorker , 3/24/13 3:47 AM

I heard the commies say the court was playing slower than IW and now high bounces too? Good thing Fed didn't show up. Looks like Nadal missed an opportunity to finally win Miami.

chr18 , 3/24/13 5:25 PM

Slow courts favor Fed just as much as Rafa but Rafa is simply better.
Don't you know ATP guys don't even sneeze without getting Fed's green signal?

holdserve , 3/24/13 5:36 PM

How could anybody here forget with you so charged to remind us to no end? ;)

chr18 , 3/24/13 8:38 PM

The high bouncing slow courts favor Nadal, and it's where Fed loses to him on those very courts. Nadal sends his returns high up above Fed's shoulders to his B, his usual MO when he plays Fed. Just imagine a lfty to a righty's BH above his shoulders. Who can return that? only Isner, Ivo or Raonic, coz the high ounce is around their sweet-spot . brad gilbert says someone like rochus would need to jump on a trmpoline and bounce high to hit those high bouncers to the BH. he he

scoretracker , 3/24/13 10:42 PM

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