In Sports News this Monday: Czech tennis star Tomáš Berdych fails to get past the group stage at his first ATP World Tour Finals, but says he is still happy after his best season to date; Aspen proves third time unlucky for Šárka Záhrobská in the slalom; Olympic speed skating champion Martina Sáblíková is still waiting for her first World Cup win this season; and Milan Baroš returns but ends up on the losing side in an Istanbul derby.
Czech tennis player Tomáš Berdych has suffered defeat against World number one Rafael Nadal, who moves on to the ATP World Tour semi-finals. Berdych fought a close first set against the Spaniard on Friday but lost in the tie-break. The second set went almost completely Nadal’s way: the final score was 7:6, 6:1. Had Berdych clinched one set in the loss, he could have maintained at least a theoretical chance of advancing on points; as it is he is out of the tour. Friday’s match-up echoed the two player’s earlier encounter this year in the Wimbledon final.
In tennis, Czech doubles specialist Lukáš Dlouhý and partner Leander Paes have bowed out of the season ending ATP World Tour Finals in London. The couple were defeated 6:3, 6:4 by US pairing Mike and Bob Bryan. Dlouhý and Paes were playing in their third world tour finals in succession but it is likely to be their last together as they are switching partners. In the singles, Czech men’s tennis number one Tomáš Berdych has kept alive his hopes of progressing from the group stage at the ATP World Tour Finals in London after beating Andy Roddick 7-5 6-3 on Wednesday. He now must win at least a set against world number one Rafael Nadal on Friday to keep alive some chance of staying in the tournament.
The Czech men’s tennis number one Tomáš Berdych has kept alive his hopes of progressing from the group stage at the ATP World Tour Finals in London after beating Andy Roddick 7-5 6-3 on Wednesday. Berdych, who lost his opening match at the O2 Arena to the Serb Novak Djokovic on Monday, saved two set points against Roddick at 4-5 in the first set, which proved to be a pivotal moment. The Wimbledon runner-up will now face the world number one Rafael Nadal of Spain.
Czech tennis player Tomáš Berdych has lost his first match at the ATP World Tour Finals to Serb Novak Djokovic 3:6, 3:6. The Wimbledon finalist kept up a very high fault rate throughout. Formerly known as Masters, the ATP World Tour Finals bring together the eight best players of the season. The last appearance of a Czech player at the Masters was that of Radek Stepanek in 2008. Ivan Lendl and American Pete Sampras remain the record holders in wins at the Masters, with five titles each.
The Czech tennis player Tomáš Berdych has been drawn in the same group as Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Roddick in the eight-player ATP World Tour Finals. It is the first time that Berdych has reached the prestigious season-ending tournament, which gets underway in London on Sunday. The Czech, who is 25, reached a career high of sixth in the world rankings last month.
Czech tennis player Tomáš Berdych made it into the prestigious year end World Tour Finals tournament in London starting on November 13 for the first time. He achieved this without hitting a ball on Thursday when one of the rivals for one of the eight places, Fernando Verdasco, lost to Frenchman Gael Monfils in the Paris Masters 7:6, 6:7, 5:7.
The Czech tennis player Tomáš Berdych has made it into the third round of the Paris Masters after beating France’s Florent Serru 6-3 6-1 in just 47 minutes on Tuesday evening. That result increases Berdych’s chances of reaching the prestigious season-ending World Tour Finals in London; the competition features the top eight players of the year and the 25-year-old currently occupies sixth spot. His compatriot Radek Štěpánek is also into the round of 16 in Paris, following a 7-6 6-4 win over Nicolas Amalgro of Spain.
Two legendary figures of tennis history, Swedish Björn Borg and Czech Ivan Lendl met in the latter’s home town of Ostrava on Friday evening for an exhibition match which Lendl won 6:4 7:6. It was the first time the players have faced off since 1981, when Lendl lost to Borg in five sets in the final of the French Open. Ivan Lendl is now 50 years old and Björn Borg 54. Later, in a doubles match, Lendl switched sides to play alongside his onetime rival.
Czech-born former world number one tennis player Ivan Lendl says he is ready to ask for his nationality back. Ostrava-born Lendl emigrated to the US in the 1980’s and was given citizenship there. Back in his homeland for a veteran tournament including a match against major rival Björn Borg on Friday, Lendl said it was bizarre to arrive with a US passport. He said he was considering asking for dual nationality.
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