AUSTRALIAN OPEN 2014
Berdych Races Into Third Round; Ferrer, Gasquet Advance
by ATP Staff|
World No. 7 Tomas Berdych became the first player to book his place in the third round of the Australian Open as he cruised past Frenchman Kenny De Schepper 6-4, 6-1, 6-3 on Wednesday afternoon in Melbourne.
The 28-year-old Czech did not face a single break point, while capitalising on five of his eight chances for the one hour, 42-minute victory. He won 21 of 25 points at the net and had 29 winners to 13 unforced errors.
"It was a straightforward win," said Berdych. "Saved some energy. Play well and solid through all the three sets. Didn't drop a serve, which I was especially happy [about]."
Berdych advances to the third round in Melbourne for a fourth straight year, and next faces 188th-ranked Damir Dzumhur. The Bosnian was in the middle of a comeback against Ivan Dodig at 4-6, 4-6, 6-3, 4-1 when the 32nd-seeded Croat retired from the second round match.
Dzumhur, 21, had not played a tour-level match prior to this week. He upset the top seed in the qualifying draw, Dustin Brown, and defeated Czech Jan Hajek in the first round of the main draw. Hajek and Berdych had won the Doha doubles title together in the opening week of the 2014 ATP World Tour season.
World No. 3 David Ferrer needed just over three hours to beat Frenchman Adrian Mannarino, 7-6(2), 5-7, 6-0, 6-3. Ferrer countered losing his serve five times by breaking the 71st-ranked Mannarino nine times from 17 opportunities.
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Ferrer, a two-time Australian Open semi-finalist, has reached the quarter-finals or better in the past eight majors. He next confronts Frenchman Jeremy Chardy, the No. 29 seed, who battled past Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov, 7-5, 7-6(5), 6-7(3), 7-6(5). Chardy advanced to his first Grand Slam quarter-final in Melbourne last year.
Ninth-seeded Frenchman Richard Gasquet improved to a 6-2 mark in his FedEx ATP Head2Head against former World No. 3 Nikolay Davydenko, defeating the 32-year-old Russian 7-6(3), 6-4, 6-4. Gasquet had recorded his 350th match win and 200th on hard court with his first-round victory Monday.
He will take a 2-2 FedEx ATP Head2Head record into his next match against Spaniard Tommy Robredo, whom he last played four years ago. The 17th-seeded Robredo defeated Frenchman Julien Benneteau 6-3, 6-7(4), 6-1, 7-6(6).