Murray vs. Berdych – French Open 4th Round – Roland Garros 2010

Posted on June 1, 2010


Andy Murray limped out of this year’s French Open with a disappointing defeat to Czech player Tomas Berdych, losing 6-4 7-5 6-3. It was an unsatisfactory end to a campaign that had thrilled and delighted for the first three rounds. Murray looked disjointed, but credit must go to Berdych for the way in which he applied himself. He played with supreme skill and power and had too much for Murray to handle on the day. Murray must now remember the positives from this tournament and take them into the grass court season that lies in wait.

Berdych has, for so long, flattered to deceive. He is a player who won national tournaments at every age group as a junior and was subsequently hailed as a superstar in the making by the Czech public. So far, his professional career has been somewhat of a disappointment, but he now takes his place in the last 8 of a Grand Slam for the first time, and he thoroughly deserves it. He has seriously hit form here in Paris, not dropping a set en route the quarter-finals. He now plays Mikhail Youzhny for a place in the semi-finals, and he must surely start as favourite given his sublime form.

Murray could not get a foothold in the match, which was a great surprise, given the exciting form he had exhibited so far in Paris. He continually managed to find a higher gear when under pressure in the previous rounds but he was severely outclassed in this encounter. Berdych is known for his power, but he also possesses subtlety and class, and he brought his A-game with him and dealt with Murray convincingly. Although there were aspects of Murray’s game which were poor, sometimes one must acknowledge the strengths of the opposition and bow out respectfully, which is exactly what Murray did. The discontent in the Murray camp was palpable, but a good grass court season will soon fix that.

words by Rob Pollard

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