Berdych Returns To Familiar Territory

Czech through to the fourth round for the ninth time

Czech tennis star Tomas Berdych.
Tomas Berdych.

Two-time semi-finalist Tomas Berdych put on a commanding performance on Saturday to glide into the second week of The Championships at Wimbledon.

The 2010 finalist erased the only break point he faced and won 84 per cent of his first-serve points to beat Spaniard David Ferrer 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 in one hour and 45 minutes.

Berdych, the 11th seed, converted four of his eight break points against Ferrer, who had beaten 22nd seed Richard Gasquet in the first round and advanced by retirement against Steve Darcis in the second round.

The 11th seed advances to the second week of Wimbledon for the ninth time. Berdych will meet either eighth seed Dominic Thiem or NextGenATP American Jared Donaldson in the fourth round.

Ferrer struggled to gain any traction on Berdych’s serve, and during the Spaniard’s one opening, Berdych quickly denied the opportunity.

Berdych, serving at 30/40, 1-2 in the third set, hit three consecutive service winners to erase the break point and hold.

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