Berdych bounces Bernard from Wimbledon
In a rematch of their Wimbledon duel last year, Bernard Tomic has again gone down to Tomas Berdych at the All England Club.
Berdych beat Tomic in the fourth round last year in four sets, and repeated the feat in the last 64 this year with a 4-6 7-6(5) 7-6(3) 6-1 victory.
Tomic threatened an upset against the sixth seed on No.1 Court, but faded as the Cezch found his range.
Tomic also appeared to suffer from a tweak to his troublesome hip in the second set, something which required courtside medical attention.
The young Australian will rue the two set points he earned in the third set on Wednesday.
“I felt like I missed my opportunity … but he played the right shots, played the right points to beat me,” Tomic said.
“It’s a bugger how he came back.”
Tomic’s inability to defend his fourth round points from last year means he is expected to fall outside the top 100 when the new rankings are released on 7 July.
Yet the Queenslander was instead focusing on his encouraging return to form on grass in the past few weeks – he won matches at Queen’s, Eastbourne and Wimbledon – after a season plagued by a hip injury requiring surgery.
“I tried my best and it’s only my sixth, seventh tournament back,” Tomic said.
“It’s disappointing but (Berdych) is a very good player on grass, for me probably the top three or four to play on grass, so it’s difficult.”
The Czech, who also required a medical timeout during the match for a wrist complaint, said he felt lucky to have progressed to the third round at the All England Club.
“(He) was the first and the biggest challenge that I was facing today and he was very good,” Berdych said.
“Especially in the first three sets where he was pushing me really hard and giving me a really hard time.”
Tomic will take some time off before gearing up for the US hardcourt season.