In Sports News : Tomáš Berdych has enjoyed a tremendous run in the French Open to equal his best ever Grand Slam performance; Czech handball star Filip Jícha has a European Championship medal with Kiel, and Ústí nad Labem have made it back to Czech football’s top competition after more than half a century.
Berdych gets through to French Open last eight
In the fading light on Sunday evening, Berdych triumphed over the fourth seeded Scot, Andy Murray, in straight sets to make it into the last eight of the French Open men’s singles for the first time. The score was 6:4, 7:5, 6:3. Berdych made surprising short work of the younger Scot, who converted just one break point throughout the match.
When rain interrupted the match mid-way through Murray must have hoped it would be postponed and he would be given a chance to regroup and rethink his losing game. But the match resumed and Berdych took just 50 minutes to finish off the frustrated Scot. Murray later complained that the tournament organizers should have stopped the game because of the poor light.
Berdych admitted afterwards that he was somewhat surprised by the easy win over his higher ranked opponent.
Berdych’s previous best in a Grand Slam tournament was the quarterfinals at Wimbledon in 2007. The 15-seeded Czech now faces Russian Mikhail Youzhny who is seeded 11th.