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
Berdych managed just three break points, converting none of
”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
”I felt great this morning,” Berdych said. ”Even the heat, I
didn’t feel it.”