Berdych wins marathon match

”I guess I’m not doing fine’ – Osaka on being world no.1

Tomas Berdych reigned supreme following a five set thriller against Jiri Vesely in the fourth round at Wimbledon on Tuesday.

The tenth seed would survive a barrage of aces to eventually overcome his fellow Czech 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(8), 6-7(9), 6-3 on the grass courts of Court 3.

The duo were nearly inseparable on serve in the early stages, with Vesely's break being enough to take the opening set, only for Berdych to respond in kind with a single break to take the second.

After Vesely fought off the only break point of the third set, they went into a tiebreaker. Berdych saved set point at 6-7 and rallied to win it 10-8 in the end. 

The fourth set proved to be an 80 minute epic, with Berdych squandering no less than five match points until Vesely eventually forced a deciding set.

The pair swapped service breaks to tie things up at three games all, but Berdych would finish the stronger of the two, claiming the final three games in succession to end the four hour marathon.

In an impressive display of serving, Vesely would fire no less than 26 aces to Berdych's six. 

Berdych moves into the last eight for the fourth time at SW19, where he faces 32 seed Lucas Pouille, who knocked out Bernard Tomic after five sets on Monday.

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