Czech tennis player Tomáš Berdych has made it for the first time into the last eight of the French Open Men’s Singles competition. He beat the number four seed, Scot Andy Murray, in straight sets 6:4, 7:5, 6:3. The game played late in the evening was interrupted by rain with Murray later hitting out at tournament organisers and saying it should have been postponed till the next day because of poor light. Berdych, seeded 15, now faces the 11th seeded Russian, Mikhail Youzhny.
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Czech tennis player Tomáš Berdych faces Andy Murray, the fourth seed from Scotland, for a place in the last eight of the French Open Men’s Singles on Sunday. The last Czech in the singles competition last faced Murray four years ago and won. Berdych, seeded 15, got to the last 16 beating US player John Isner in straight sets: 6:2, 6:2, 6:1 in the third round.
Czech tennis player Tomáš Berdych has reached the last 16 of the French Open men’s singles. Berdych, seeded 15, beat US player John Isner in straight sets: 6:2, 6:2, 6:1 in the third round. The last Czech in the singles competition now faces Andy Murray, the fourth seed from Scotland. The two players last faced each other four years ago when Berdych won.
Czech tennis player Klára Zakopalová lost 6-3, 6-3 to 22nd seed Justine Henin of Belgium in the second round of the French Open on Friday. The match was interrupted by dusk and rain on Thursday, with Zakopalová losing 3:2 in the second set. On Friday, the 28-year-old Czech began by losing her serve, and eventually lost the match in one hour and 15 minutes. Zakopalová was the last Czech player left in the ladies’ singles at Rolland Garros.
Tomáš Berdych has beaten US opponent John Isner in three sets in Dusseldorf, Germany, to keep the Czech Republic in contention at the World Team Cup. The Czechs and Americans will now play a decisive doubles match for a spot in the final. Berdych on Friday won by a score of 1-6, 6-1, 7-6(4). The match took two hours and 16 minutes and was a turnaround for the world’s 17th-ranked player, who had begun the match poorly. A spot in the World Team Cup is expected to be decided by US players Bob and Mike Bryan against the Czech Republic’s Lukáš Dlouhý and Jan Hájek.
Lucie Šafářová has failed to reach the final of tennis’s Madrid Open after she retired in a semi-final clash with Aravane Rezai of France on Saturday. Šafářová, who is 23, had lost the first set 1-6 when she decided she could not go on. The Czech’s ranking climbed to the top 30 for the first time since January 2008 this week after a solid clay-court season, and she had been hoping to reach her second final this year.
After a long wait, tennis player Ivan Lendl has announced he will play before a Czech crowd. The 50-year-old, who now has US citizenship, will take on his historic rival, Bjorn Borg, in his home city of Ostrava on November 5 in an exhibition match. The two players dominated world tennis in the late 1970’s and 1980’s. Lendl made a comeback to tennis after a break of 16 years when he played an exhibition match against Swede Mats Wilander in April.
The defending champion at the BMW Open in Munich, Tomáš Berdych advanced without difficulty on Wednesday to the next round of the clay court tournament. The No. 3 seed outclassed Spain’s Pere Riba in straight sets 7:5, 6:1. He will play in the quarterfinal against German player Philip Petzschner. Another Czech, Jan Hájek, also advanced to the quarterfinal stage, beating Benjamin Becker of Germany 6:4, 6:0.
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