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Berdych Made To Work; Youzhny, Dolgopolov Fall At Roland Garros

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Berdych© Getty ImagesTomas Berdych was made to work on Wednesday.

Sixth seed Tomas Berdych battled hard to beat Aleksandr Nedovyesov, currently No. 99 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, 6-7(4), 6-4, 7-5, 6-3 on Wednesday for a place in the Roland Garros third round for the fourth time.

Berdych won 83 per cent of his first service points against 27-year-old Nedovyesov, who he also beat in this year’s Australian Open first round. Berdych will next face No. 27 seed Roberto Bautista Agut.

“It was definitely a tough one,” said Berdych. “He really was playing well. The only thing I was struggling with was his serve. Once I found the rhythm how to return that, it was fine. That was the key of the game.”

Looking ahead to his clash against Bautista Agut, Berdych said, “His game is very solid. He's a great baseline player and plays very solid from both sides. He's a guy coming up. He's not [an] easy opponent.”

Berdych was beaten by Carlos Berlocq in the Portugal Open final earlier this month.

Bautista Agut and Benoit Paire met for the second straight Grand Slam championship. Bautista Agut, who won their Australian Open third round clash, improved to 4-0 against Paire with a 6-4, 7-6(4), 6-2 win for the 50th tour-level match win of his career. The No. 27, who advances to the third round for the first time, lost to Rafael Nadal in the Mutua Madrid Open semi-finals earlier this month.

StepanekEarlier in the day, Mikhail Youzhny, the No. 15 seed, and No. 20 seed Alexandr Dolgopolov both fell in the second round.

At 35 years of age, Radek Stepanek is one match win away from equalling his best performance at Roland Garros (2008 fourth round) after he defeated Youzhny 6-0, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4. The World No. 43, competing at the clay-court championship for the 11th time, hit 40 winners, including seven aces.

Stepanek goes on to play Ernests Gulbis, the No. 18 seed, who lost just 13 of his service points in a 6-2, 7-5, 6-0 victory over Facundo Bagnis. Gulbis picked up his sixth ATP World Tour trophy on Saturday at the Open de Nice Côte d’Azur (d. Delbonis).

World No. 39 Marcel Granollers got the better of Dolgopolov, who committed 96 unforced errors, in a 1-6, 3-6, 6-3, 6-0, 6-2 victory over three hours and five minutes.

Gilles Simon, the No. 29 seed, hit 31 winners past Alejandro Gonzalez in a 6-4, 6-0, 6-2 victory to reach the third round for the fourth straight year.

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