Tennis

Tie-break misery for Berdych

2012-06-25 21:05
Tomas Berdych (AP)

London - Czech Tomas Berdych was the biggest casualty on the opening day at Wimbledon when the sixth seed was beaten 7-6 (7/5), 7-6 (7/4), 7-6 (7/4) by Latvia's Ernests Gulbis.

Berdych, beaten by Rafa Nadal in the 2010 final, saved a match point at 4-5 down in the third set when Gulbis missed a backhand winner by millimetres, but he succumbed in the tie-break when he netted a forehand.

Gulbis, seen as a rising talent a few years ago but who has never delivered on his full potential, is languishing at 87th in the world rankings but played some sensational tennis to leave Berdych reeling.

The 23-year-old is looking to end a dismal run in Grand Slams in which he as not gone beyond the second round since reaching the French Open quarter-finals in 2008.

Another surprise was the exit of American No 1 John Isner, the 11th seed.

The man best remembered for his record-breaking 11-hour duel with France's Nicolas Mahut at Wimbledon in 2010, was beaten 6-4 6-7, (7/9), 3-6, 7-6 (9/7), 7-5 by Colombian Alejandro Falla.

Isner's defeat means there can be no third successive Wimbledon clash against Mahut - a potential second round opponent for Falla if the Frenchman beats Paolo Lorenzi.

Italy's Flavia Pennetta was the highest women's seed to fall in the women's draw on Monday as the Italian 16th seed lost 6-4, 6-3 to compatriot Camila Giorgi.

Results on the first day of Wimbledon at the All England Club on Monday (x denotes seeding):

Men

First round


Novak Djokovic (SRB x1) bt Juan Carlos Ferrero (ESP) 6-3, 6-3, 6-1
Ryan Harrison (USA) bt Lu Yen-Hsun (TPE) 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2
Benjamin Becker (GER) bt James Blake (USA) 6-7 (4/7), 7-5, 6-0, 6-4
Radek Stepanek (CZE x28) bt Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) 6-1, 1-0 - retired
Viktor Troicki (SRB) bt Marcel Granollers (ESP x24) 7-5, 7-6 (7/5), 3-6, 2-6, 8-6
Martin Klizan (SVK) bt Juan Ignacio Chela (ARG) 7-5, 3-6, 7-6 (8/6), 1-6, 11-9
Jrmy Chardy (FRA) bt Filippo Volandri (ITA) 6-0, 6-1, 1-0 - retired
Juan Monaco (ARG x15) bt Leonardo Mayer (ARG) 6-4, 7-6 (7/5), 7-6 (7/5)
Ruben Bemelmans (BEL) bt Carlos Berlocq (ARG) 7-5, 6-7 (4/7), 6-3, 7-6 (7/2)
Richard Gasquet (FRA x18) bt Tobias Kamke (GER) 6-2, 6-2, 6-2
Florian Mayer (GER x31) bt Dmitry Tursunov (RUS) 7-6 (7/3), 6-2, 6-3
Philipp Petzschner (GER) bt Blaz Kavcic (SLO) 6-4, 6-4, 6-2
Jerzy Janowicz (POL) bt Simone Bolelli (ITA) 3-6, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3
Ernests Gulbis (LAT) bt Tomas Berdych (CZE x6) 7-6 (7/5), 7-6 (7/4), 7-6 (7/4)
Roger Federer (SWI x3) bt Albert Ramos (ESP) 6-1, 6-1, 6-1
Fabio Fognini (ITA) bt Michael Llodra (FRA) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-5
Michael Russell (USA) bt Adrin Menndez (ESP) 6-3, 6-1, 7-6 (9/7)
Julien Benneteau (FRA x29) bt Gilles Muller (LUX) 6-2, 7-5, 7-6 (7/4)
Fernando Verdasco (ESP x17) bt Yeu-Tzuoo Wang (TPE) 7-6 (7/3), 6-4, 7-5
Grega Zemlja (SLO) bt Joshua Goodall (GBR) 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7/3), 6-4
Xavier Malisse (BEL) bt Marinko Matosevic (AUS) 6-2, 6-2, 7-5
Gilles Simon (FRA x13) bt Paul-Henri Mathieu (FRA) 6-3, 5-4 - retired
Alejandro Falla (COL) bt John Isner (USA x11) 6-4, 6-7 (7/9), 3-6, 7-6 (9/7), 7-5
Igor Andreev (RUS) bt Oliver Golding (GBR) 1-6, 7-6 (7/4), 7-6 (9/7), 7-5
Denis Istomin (UZB) bt Andreas Seppi (ITA x23) 6-7 (2/7), 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 8-6
Mikhail Youzhny (RUS x26) bt Donald Young (USA) 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-3
Inigo Cervantes-Huegun (ESP) bt Flavio Cipolla (ITA) 2-6, 6-7 (4/7), 6-3, 6-2, 6-1
Ryan Sweeting (USA) bt Potito Starace (ITA) 6-2, 2-0 - retired
Janko Tipsarevic (SRB x8) bt David Nalbandian (ARG) 6-4, 7-6 (7/4), 6-2

Women

First round


Maria Sharapova (RUS x1) bt Anastasia Rodionova (AUS) 6-2, 6-3
Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) bt Vesna Manasieva (SRB) 5-7, 6-0, 7-5
Su-Wei Hsieh (TPE) bt Virginie Razzano (FRA) 6-2, 6-4
Stphanie Foretz (FRA) bt Monica Niculescu (ROM x29) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
Petra Cetkovsk (CZE x23) bt Vania King (USA) 6-4, 6-2
Sloane Stephens (USA) bt Karolna Plskov (CZE) 6-2, 6-2
Bojana Jovanovski (SRB) bt Eleni Daniilidou (GRE) 5-7, 6-3, 2-0 - retired
Sabine Lisicki (GER x15) bt Petra Martic (CRO) 6-4, 6-2
Silvia Soler (ESP) bt Edina Gallovits (ROM) 4-6, 6-4, 10-8
Andrea Hlavckov (CZE) bt Kai-Chen Chang (TPE) 6-1, 6-2
Kim Clijsters (BEL) bt Jelena Jankovic (SRB x18) 6-2, 6-4
Mathilde Johansson (FRA) bt Lesya Tsurenko (UKR) 3-6, 6-0, 6-3
Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) bt Alberta Brianti (ITA) 6-2, 3-6, 6-3
Angelique Kerber (GER x8) bt Lucie Hradeck (CZE) 6-4, 6-1
Agnieszka Radwanska (POL x3) bt Magdalna Rybrikov (SVK) 6-3, 6-3
Elena Vesnina (RUS) bt Venus Williams (USA) 6-1, 6-3
Heather Watson (GBR) bt Iveta Benesova (CZE) 6-2, 6-1
Jamie Hampton (USA) bt Daniela Hantuchova (SVK x27) 6-4, 7-6 (7/1)
Nadia Petrova (RUS x20) bt Maria Elena Camerin (ITA) 6-0, 6-2
Tmea Babos (HUN) bt Melanie Oudin (USA) 6-4, 4-6, 6-3
Anna Tatishvili (GEO) bt Tamarine Tanasugarn (THA) 6-4, 6-2
Camila Giorgi (ITA) bt Flavia Pennetta (ITA x16) 6-4, 6-3
Li Na (CHN x11) bt Ksenia Pervak (KAZ) 6-3, 6-1
Sorana Cirstea (ROM) bt Pauline Parmentier (FRA) 6-4, 6-1
Lourdes Domnguez (ESP) bt Naomi Broady (GBR) 6-4, 7-6 (7/4)
Maria Kirilenko (RUS x17) bt Alexandra Cadantu (ROM) 6-3, 6-1
Peng Shuai (CHN x30) bt Sandra Zaniewska (POL) 6-2, 6-7 (3/7), 6-3
Ayumi Morita (JPN) bt Jarmila Gadjosova (AUS) 6-4, 6-3
Arantxa Rus (NED) bt Misaki Doi (JPN) 7-5, 6-3
Samantha Stosur (AUS x5) bt Carla Surez (ESP) 6-1, 6-3

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