Berdych upset by Llodra in straight sets at Open

Wimbledon runner-up Tomas Berdych never found his rhythm against

the rarity of the serve-and-volley style of Michael Llodra.

The seventh-seeded Berdych lost in straight sets in the first

round of the U.S. Open on Wednesday. Llodra, ranked 35th and known

more as a doubles player, won 7-6 (3), 6-4, 6-4.

”I don’t even know if I played well or not,” Berdych said.

Llodra played serve-and-volley on 78 points, winning 60 of them.

The 30-year-old Frenchman had lost in 22 of his 36 first-round

matches at Grand Slams.

”Today it was perfect because I served pretty good – not aces,

but a lot of good first serves,” Llodra said. ”And my volley was

unbelievable.”

Berdych managed just three break points, converting none of

them.

”I had no chance to play my tennis, and it’s well done for

him,” Berdych said.

Berdych is the highest-seeded man to lose so far this year at

Flushing Meadows. The 24-year-old from Czech Republic had been

enjoying a breakthrough season at Grand Slam tournaments, reaching

his first major semifinal at the French Open. He beat Roger Federer

and Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon before losing to Rafael Nadal in

the final.

”I felt great this morning,” Berdych said. ”Even the heat, I

didn’t feel it.”