AUSTRALIAN OPEN 2014
Berdych Ends Dzumhur's Run; Anderson Survives In Five
by ATP Staff|
No. 7 seed Tomas Berdych reached the fourth round of the 2014 Australian Open with a 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 win over Damir Dzumhur on Friday.
Berdych hit 13 aces and 32 winners against his opponent ranked 188th in the Emirates ATP Rankings. "I think we might see him here for another couple of years," said Berdych. "He's very hungry. I think he's very talented."
Dzumhur is the first player representing Bosnia to play in the main draw of a major after advancing through the qualifying rounds. “It was really tough,” said Dzumhur. “Berdych is one of the best players in the world. When he is playing good, he can beat anybody. Also, I was a bit stiff, such a big crowd in a big stadium. I’ve never played in that before, so it was a big opportunity for me and I hope I used it. I just couldn’t play my best because I was a bit stressed. He played a good match. He was serving really good and on this occasion he was much better [than me].”
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The 28-year-old Berdych reached the quarter-finals in Melbourne in the past three years - his best results at the tournament. He goes on to face Kevin Anderson.
For the second time in a week, Anderson came back from two sets down to advance at the Australian Open. The South African saved one match point as he battled back from the brink to defeat Edouard Roger-Vasselin 3-6, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(5), 7-5 in just under four hours on Margaret Court Arena.
"I'm really pleased with the way I've just kept my mental fortitude and given myself a chance to get back in these matches," said Anderson. "Maybe not starting the match exactly as planned, but I think playing three out of five sets, that's one thing, you do have time. If you can keep going, there's sometimes a way back. I've been able to capitalise on two of those matches so far."
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Anderson had rallied from a 0-2 deficit for the first time in his career in the first round against Jiri Vesely and came close to defeat twice against Roger-Vasselin. After dropping the first two sets, he found himself 0-4 down in the fourth-set tie-break, before fighting back to force a decider.
Roger-Vasselin went up an early break in the fifth set and had a match point at 30/40 on Anderson’s serve in the ninth game. The Frenchman failed to convert with a forehand unforced error, though, and then was broken to 15 as he attempted to serve for the match. Anderson won the final two games of the match, clinching his second match point after three hours and 54 minutes.
"It was a lot of emotions at the end," said Anderson. "Just a lot of excitement. A little bit of disbelief as well. The match changed so much just in the last 15 minutes. Sitting down there at 5-4, going out to return serve, knowing sort of it's your one last shot. Just tried to play a solid game and somehow managed to get a break.
"I had to fight again. But then sitting at 6-5, I've got a little bit of momentum. Made a really good return on the last point. Seeing the ball go long definitely produced quite a bit of emotion at the end."