TENNIS AUSTRALIAN OPEN – 25th of January 2015. T.Berdych d. B.Tomic 6-2, 7-6, 6-2. An interview with Tomas Berdych
Q. It’s your eighth consecutive quarterfinal here. Why do you think you do so well at this tournament?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, I like this place. I always trying to come back very prepared. You know, you have pretty much a good sense of time when you going to play and you can plan the things quite easy. So, yeah, I mean, that’s one of the reasons. I mean, really, the conditions and the way how it is all around here, that feels good to me. So that’s why I like to play here.
Q. You’ve been very strong so far in the tournament. How do you feel about your game and how are you approaching the match against Rafa knowing that recently you haven’t had the best record against him?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, I’m feeling very good. It’s been a great, great run so far. But, yeah, I just put myself in the best possible position right now. I’m just really looking forward to it. I’m going to have to, you know, add something extra again. I mean, that’s how the tournament is developing, just move forward, just be ready for it. You know, I’m feeling strong both like physically, mentally. Just looking forward to the match.
Q. What kind of help has it been with a new coach, a fresh pair of eyes from Dani taking on Rafa this time?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Let’s see. It’s going to be easier to judge after the match. So far, as I said in the past, we didn’t spend that much time together. But the good thing is that I’m able to, you know, execute the things that he’s telling me what to do, how to set up for the matches. So far it works pretty well. I think it’s definitely the advantage which I was surely looking for.
Q. What are the keys for you when you’re playing Nadal? What do you need to do in order to have a chance against him?
TOMAS BERDYCH: No, I mean, it’s the same thing. As I said, I’m just in the best possible position right now. I’m feeling good about it. Just need to go for it. It’s not about, you know, putting up some tactics right now. I mean, it’s too early after the match. The facts that I know right now are that I’m feeling good, and my tennis is on the high level, which is also very positive. That’s the main facts I need to carry on and just go with that to the match.
Q. Were you feeling any pressure at all in the match against Bernie, particularly in the second set when it was tight?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, I mean, he bring some better tennis after the first set. I think he just played much better in the end of the second set, but I still had my chances during the whole second set. So, you know, I was just waiting to get one more, and you know, I created for myself. I’ve been waiting for the chance, and I took the second set. I mean, it was a close second set, but then, you know, he seems that he went really down after that lost of the second set. I was able to do the stuff that I want to.
Q. When you’re playing a local player at a big tournament, is it tough or can it also be something that can lift you with the atmosphere and the crowd against you?
TOMAS BERDYCH: I mean, always you can take it from both sides. I mean, it’s not easy. It’s always a challenge to do that, but I’ve been through those situations quite many times and I know how to deal with it. So that was just another match that, you know, I handled quite well when the circumstances was not so easy.
Q. Were you surprised you weren’t playing on Rod Laver Arena tonight?
TOMAS BERDYCH: No. I don’t really care about it. I mean, you know, I got my time on the big court. So far I played there two matches. One of my favorite courts is the Margaret Court. So, you know, it’s another two wins added there. Just now, you know, get some time, you know, find some spot to have a hit on the Rod Laver just to be ready for that.
Stefanos Tsitsipas starts his Australian Open campaign with a straight-set win over Salvatore Caruso
Last year’s Australian Open semifinalist and ATP Finals champion Stefanos Tsitsipas dropped just five games in his 6-0 6-2 6-3 win over Italy’s Salvatore Caruso after 1 hour and 43 minutes.
Tsitsipas earned three consecutive breaks to cruise to a bagel win in the opening set. Caruso saved the first break point and held his first service game to draw level to 1-1, but she Tsitsipas converted his third break point chance at deuce to open up a 3-1 lead. The Greek player earned his second break at love in the eighth game.
Tsitsipas went up a break at love in the fourth game to take a 3-1 lead. Caruso saved three match points in the eighth game at 2-5 to prolong the match, but Tsitsipas served out the win at 30 with an ace down middle the court in the ninth game after 1 hour and 45 minutes setting up a second round match against either Phillip Kohlschreiber or Marcos Giron.
“Today I tried to stay calm. That was something that I had really in the back of my head, trying to stay calm, be aggressive on and off the court. I would describe the match the match as very stable. Throughout the match I was very focused. I was in the zone, and I am very happy with my first set. It was almost perfect. I don’t remember the last time that I won a set 6-0. It was a good quality tennis. Let’s not forget the people here. The people that bring the energy. I will give it to them”, said Tsitsipas in the post-match interview.
Matteo Berrettini cruises past wild card Andrew Harris to advance to the Australian Open second round
Number 8 seed and 2019 US Open semifinalist Matteo Berrettini cruised past Australian wild card Andrew Harris 6-3 6-1 6-3 in the first round of the Australian Open at Melbourne Park.
Berrettini converted five of his nine break points and hit 38 winners. The Italian player won the opening set 6-3 with a break in the second game at deuce and the second set with three consecutive breaks.
Berrettini came back from 0-40 down by winning five consecutive points in the sixth game of the third set to earn the break at deuce for 4-2 when Harris hit a forehand into the net. Berrettini sealed the win with a big forehand on the match point after 1 hour and 55 minutes.
Berrettini will take on either US Tennys Sandgren or Argentine qualifier Marco Trungelliti.
“It’s always tough because I played my last official match in November. I figured out how to play my best tennis, so I am really happy with my performance. Like always, I am going round by round. I am happy that I am healthy and playing well”, said Berrettini.
Last year’s Next Gen ATP Finals champion Jannick Sinner was leading 7-6 (7-2) 6-2 4-4, before the match was suspended due to rain. The Italian rising star converted four of his eight break points. Sinner went down a break in the seventh game to trail 3-5 in the opening set, but he broke back in the 10th game before winning the tie-break 7-2. Sinner broke twice to win the second set 6-2. Sinner went up a break in the sixth game to take a 4-2 lead, but Purcell broke back in the eighth game to draw level to 4-4. Sinner, who is making his first appearance at Melbourne Park, holds a 15-30 lead at 4-4 in the third set.
Sam Querrey stunned Borna Coric 6-3 6-4 6-4 setting up a second round match against Lithuania’s Ricardas Berankis, who eased past Roberto Carballes Baena 6-4 6-2 6-2.
Guido Pella edged Australian wild card John Patrick Smith 6-3 7-5 6-4 to secure his spot in the second round, where he will face France’s Gregoire Barrere, who came back from one set down to beat Egyptian qualifier Mohamed Safwat 6-7 (8-10) 7-6 (7-1) 6-4 7-6 (7-5).
Grigor Dimitrov Causes A Stir At Australian Open With Crazy Outfit
The world No.20 has split opinion about what he is wearing at Melbourne Park.
Grigor Dimitrov’s first round match at the Australian Open didn’t centre round how or who he was playing. It was about what he was wearing on the court.
The former Wimbledon semi-finalist triggered a mass reaction on social media when walking into the Melbourne Arena wearing a navy blue Nike spotted tracksuit. A decision by the Bulgarian that has split opinion among tennis fans. Although Dimitrov has no regrets about the outfit, which he helped design along with Nike.
“It is! I just don’t wanna be a vanilla. I love being different,” the 28-year-old told reporters when asked if it was a fashion statement.
Dimitrov a set down to Londero — which he deserves just because of this. https://t.co/VEbLhe7LYH
— Gaspar Ribeiro Lança (@gasparlanca) January 20, 2020
Besides the tracksuit, the 18th seed also caught the attention of fans with what he was wearing underneath. His abstract T-shirt featured a combination of white, black, pink and red. Drawing more questions about the decision behind what he is wearing on the courts in Melbourne. His shorts are more orthodox with just a plain navy blue colour.
Dimitrov's outfit. pic.twitter.com/OdE0BjTzZj
— José Morgado (@josemorgado) January 20, 2020
In his first round match, Dimitrov battled back from a set down to edge out Argentina’s Juan Ignacio Londero 4-6, 6-2, 6-0, 6-4. During the at times roller coaster encounter, the world No.20 hit 17 aces and blasted 47 winners past his opponent. Recording his third win of the season following his two singles victories during the ATP Cup.
“I was just trying to get my rhythm. It was a very tough first set. I was unable to find my striking zone and did a lot of unforced errors.” A critically speaking Dimitrov commented during his on-court interview.
Dimitrov will play either Tommy Paul or Leonardo Mayer in the second round.
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