Wimbledon: Tomas Berdych sets up last 16 clash with Bernard Tomic
Last Updated: June 29, 2013 6:00pm
Tomas Berdych celebrates after a tough test on Court No 1
Former Wimbledon runner-up Tomas Berdych recovered from the loss of the opening set to beat dangerous South African Kevin Anderson and reach the last 16 at SW19.
The No 7 seed won 3-6 6-3 6-4 7-5 in exactly three hours to win a contest dominated by serve.
Anderson, standing six-feet, eight-inches tall, sent down 19 aces to 11 from Berdych, who was fully tested by the world No 23.
In a high quality match in which winners outnumbered unforced errors three-to-one, Anderson took the opening set by securing the only break in game four.
The 2010 finalist responded by claiming the only break of the second in game six to level the match at one set apiece.
In the battle of the two 27-year-olds Berdych, who is seven months older than Anderson, won the opening three games of the third set to finally take a modicum of control.
Anderson failed with four break-point opportunities in game six - including three in a row at love-40 - as the Monte Carlo resident moved two sets to one ahead on Court No 1.
Anderson, who has lost his last eight matches against Berdych, should have taken the match into a deciding set when he led 5-2 in the fourth.
However, Berdych recovered by winning five games in a row to seal a hard-fought triumph on his second match point.
He now faces Aussie Bernard Tomic who edged out the No 9 seeded Frenchman Richard Gasquet on Centre Court.
The unseeded 20-year-old needed two hours and 46 minutes to register a 7-6 (9-7) 5-7 7-5 7-6 (7-5) victory.
The match yielded just two breaks of serve, with the defeated 27-year-old even winning more points than Tomic (160 to 147).
Chances for both players were fleeting with Gasquet failing to make the most of a set point - on his opponent's serve - in the opening tie-break.
But Tomic managed to hold his nerve by securing a well-earned win on his third match point as he reached the last 16 at Wimbledon for the second time in three years.