Berdych rolls; Murray match suspended at Queen’s Club

Updated: June 12, 2013


Former Wimbledon runner-up Tomas Berdych
was a straight-set second-round winner Wednesday at the $900,000 Aegon
Championships, a grass-court Wimbledon tune-up.

The second-seeded world No. 7 Berdych handled Dutchman Thiemo de Bakker 6-1,
6-4 at The Queen’s Club.

Fifth-seeded and defending champion Marin Cilic also reached the round of 16
with a 6-3, 6-4 handling of fellow Croat Ivan Dodig on Day 3.

Cilic titled here a year ago when his opponent in the final, 2002 Wimbledon
runner-up David Nalbandian, defaulted the match after smashing his racquet
into an advertising board and injuring a linesman in the process. Cilic
lost the first set via tiebreak and was leading 4-3 in the second when
the match was stopped and the Croat proclaimed the winner.

Top-seeded British favorite Andy Murray was leading Frenchman Nicolas Mahut
6-3, 2-2 when their match was suspended because of rain. The reigning U.S.
Open champion and 2012 Wimbledon runner-up Murray was the Queen’s Club
champion in 2009 and 2011. Mahut was a Queen’s Club runner-up in 2007.

In other action involving top-10 seeds, No. 7 Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine
held off Colombian Santiago Giraldo 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 and four-time Queen’s Club
champ and former Wimbledon winner Lleyton Hewitt surprised 10th-seeded rising
Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 6-3.

In other action involving seeds, German Benjamin Becker upended 12th-seeded
Czech Lukas Rosol 7-6 (7-2), 7-5, British wild card Daniel Evans topped 13th-
seeded Finn Jarkko Nieminen 6-4, 6-7 (6-8), 6-4, and 16th-seeded Slovenian
Grega Zemlja got past Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky 7-5, 6-4.

Also on Wednesday, France’s Kenny De Schepper beat Indian lucky-loser Rohan
Bopanna 6-4, 6-3, Aussie Marinko Matosevic received a walkover into the
third round when Frenchman Michael Llodra pulled out of the draw, and Spanish
qualifier Feliciano Lopez was beating 11th-seeded Frenchman Julien Benneteau
7-6 (7-5), 2-0 when their second-round match was stopped because of inclement

The completion of the second and third rounds will comprise Thursday’s
schedule. Berdych will face Zemlja, while third-seeded Juan Martin del Potro
will take on Evans, and sixth-seeded American Sam Querrey will battle the
former world No. 1 Hewitt in some third-round play. Querrey was a Queen’s Club
champ in 2010.

The 2013 Queen’s Club titlist will earn $115,000.


Tomas Berdych (2) def. Thiemo de Bakker, 6-1, 6-4
Marin Cilic (5) def. Ivan Dodig, 6-3, 6-4
Alexandr Dolgopolov (7) def. Santiago Giraldo, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4
Lleyton Hewitt def. Grigor Dimitrov (10), 6-4, 6-3
Benjamin Becker def. Lukas Rosol (12), 7-6 (7-2), 7-5
Daniel Evans def. Jarkko Nieminen (13), 6-4, 6-7 (6-8), 6-4
Grega Zemlja (16) def. Sergiy Stakhovsky, 7-5, 6-4
Marinko Matosevic def. Michael Llodra (walkover)
Kenny De Schepper def. Rohan Bopanna, 6-4, 6-3


Andy Murray (1) leads Nicolas Mahut, 6-3, 2-2 (to be completed)
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (4) vs. Edouard Roger-Vasselin
Feliciano Lopez leads Julien Benneteau (11), 7-6 (7-5), 2-0 (to be completed)
Denis Istomin (14) vs. Igor Sijsling, 6-6


Tomas Berdych (2) vs. Grega Zemlja (16)
Juan Martin del Potro (3) vs. Daniel Evans
Sam Querrey (6) vs. Lleyton Hewitt
Alexandr Dolgopolov (7) vs. Benjamin Becker
Denis Kudla vs. Kenny De Schepper