Berdych Out, Murray Ahead

US Open 2010
By Hiland Doolittle, September 3rd, 2010
Tomas Berdych at US Open

Tomas Berdych at US Open

Michael Llorda wants to win three tour titles this year but across the net stood Czech star Tomas Berdych, the seventh seed with a mission of his own. Llorda is considered a game competitor with great ball hawkng capabilities. Llorda has been around long enough to know that even the hottest players are susceptible to periodic slumps.

On Wednesday, Bedych had one of those days. Nothing was crisp and very few shots were offensive. The 7th seed did something he has not done in a longtime. He lost a winnable match and Llorda beat the trend by polishing off a polished player.

Llorda beat the French Open semifinalist and Wimbledon runner-up because he arrived at the court with an aggressive style in mind,. The change in tactics surprised Berdych and suddenly Llorda was dictating play and tempo. The 7th seed was regarded as a serious contender for his first Grand Slams.

Alas, it was not in the cards for Berdych, but he will have other days. In another appealingly unbalanced early round pairing, Ryan Harrison went for it was Harrisons time to be cast as against veteran Ivan Ljubicic, The match had little to offer Ljubic, but plenty to help the hapless Harrington.

Harrison, long known as a dynamic retriever, unleashed a bevy of serves and powerful two-handed backhands to balance the weighted paring. Harrison and Lbjucic and Harrison went at it for nearly 3.5 hours before Harrison clsimed the 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-4 victory.

America had more than its share of losrs on Wednesday as Josh Shock fell to Marcos Chuildineli and France’s Gilles Simon crushed the hopes of American Don Young 6-1, 6-4, 6-2. Then, along came 6’9” John Isner of the three days 11 hour 5 minute marathon Wimbledon match.

Better yet, Isner came with a strategy that smacked of “break me if you can but hold on for dearf life if you cannot.” Isner does not have the game to stay in longer points and although he covers the court well, he is certainly not blessed with Amdre Aggassi foot speed.

On Wednesday, Isner had the big gun firing as he served his way past Francesco Brown of Portugal 6-4, 6-3, 6-4. Isner never lost serv e and made the most of his three breaks,

In a batttle of Germans, Phillipp Kolschreiber was victorious over Theo Kamko 6-2, 4-6, 6-2, 6-4. Guillermo Lopez, gritty Nicolas Almagro and Martin Granollers all advanced for mother Spain whose male team is very solid.

The last pairing of the night featured Americn favorite and former Champion at the Open Andy Roddck and Serbia’s Yanko Tipsarevic. With Querrey, Fish, Isner and Harrison, the USA stood to land another berth in the third round.

However, a determined Yanko showed up for this one and playing the best match of his career recorded a surprising -6, 7-5, 6-3, 7-6(4). The second round defeat was the earliest loss by Roddick in nine second rounds at the Open.

After grabbing the first set with near flawless play, Andy could not fight off the relentless pressure from the Serb. The effects of Roddick’s monneucleus wrer apparent as Tipsarevic extended each game. At this point American flyweight Mardy Fish looks to b e the molst serious ciontender as the true status of Isner’s knee is unknown.


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