Berdych bounces Bernard from Wimbledon
Bernard Tomic’s Wimbledon campaign has ended in a four-set loss to Czech seventh seed Tomas Berdych in the fourth round on Monday.
Tomic missed a chance to set up a quarterfinal with world No.1 Novak Djokovic as Berdych won 7-6(4) 6-7(5) 6-4 6-4.
The defeat ends Australia’s involvement in singles at the grasscourt Grand Slam.
World No.59 Tomic was bidding for his second quarterfinal appearance at the All England Club, having upset ninth-seeded Frenchman Richard Gasquet to reach the last 16.
He was again impressive but simply found the big-hitting world No.6 too tough to break down in a match that was decided on a handful of key moments.
The 20-year-old will still take plenty of encouragement from his run at the tournament; Tomic had showed great composure in his run into the second week and it was the same case early against Berdych.
He had to dig himself out of several holes on serve but produced good tennis under pressure.
The Australian earned a set point on Berdych’s serve but couldn’t convert and the Czech prevailed in the tiebreak.
The second set was similarly tight before Tomic pulled ahead 6-3 in another breaker with a series of superb passing shots.
He squandered two set points but clinched the set when Berdych hit a forehand long.
Berdych secured the first break of the game early in the third set but a sloppy service game allowed Tomic hit straight back to level at 2-2.
The Czech broke again though to go 4-3 up but this time Tomic didn’t have an answer as he again went a set behind.
The Australian looked to tire slightly in the final set and an early break allowed Berdych to get in front and he served strongly on his way to victory.
Berdych, a 2010 Wimbledon finalist, will face Djokovic on Wednesday after the Serbian downed veteran German Tommy Haas 6-1 6-4 7-6(4).
“It feel great (to win), especially after a match like this,” Berdych said.
“Bernard is a great player and he’s using all the skill you can possibly use on grass.
“That’s why it’s so tough to play him and that makes me feel even better to be here as the winner.”