• Berdych battles Anderson in Paris third round

    10/31/12 9:38 PM | Ricky Dimon
    Berdych battles Anderson in Paris third round Tomas Berdych will continue his Paris campaign on Thursday against Kevin Anderson. A place in the quarterfinals is at stake.

    Tomas Berdych and Kevin Anderson will be going head-to-head for the fourth time in their careers and for the fourth time this season when they clash in round three of the BNP Paribas Masters on Thursday.

    Berdych has won all three of their previous encounters. He took their lone hard-court clash at the Australian Open before a more memorable showdown came on the clay courts of Roland Garros. Berdych was in hole but dug out of it to prevail 6-4, 3-6, 6-7(4), 6-4, 6-4.

    Anderson had been slumping ever since the French Open and Queen's Club, but he is finishing the year strong. The 39th-ranked South African reached the Basel quarterfinals last week and took a set off eventual champion Juan Martin Del Potro. Anderson hammered Thomaz Bellucci 6-2, 6-1 in his Paris opener then upset Richard Gasquet 7-6(5), 4-6, 6-1 on Wednesday.

    Berdych also has plenty of momentum and will be taking it into a third consecutive appearance at the World Tour Finals. The sixth-ranked Czech is 58-19 for the season and he is coming off a semifinal showing in Shanghai and a title in Stockholm. Berdych kicked off his Paris campaign with a 7-6(6), 6-2 victory over Andreas Seppi on Tuesday.

    Anderson has the power game to hang with the No. 5 seed and he may do even more than that if he plays like he did against Gasquet (13 aces, no double-faults, 41 winners to 20 unforced errors). Still, Berdych is in a different class and should be able to advance after two competitive sets.

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I've always enjoyed watching Anderson play. But never at this level before. He's got Berdy on the run at the moment.

ed251137 , 11/1/12 11:07 AM

If it weren't for the agonised faces in his clan's box I would be tempted to suspect Berdy was trying to get to London early.

ed251137 , 11/1/12 11:37 AM

Spoke too soon. Like yesterday against Gasquet, Kevin's service deserted him in the 2nd set but today he was unable to come back in the third. Berdych was less than impressive but he pulled himself together enough to get the win.

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