No.7 seed Tomas Berdych was pushed to the limit by the South African Kevin Anderson in the third round on the French Open, finally prevailing 6-4 3-6 6-7 (4) 6-4 6-4 in 3 hours and 52 minutes.
These two players have met twice before today’s encounter, Berdych winning on both occassions without dropping a set.
But this time, the Czech had to dig deep to book his place in the fourth round, where he will play against the winner of the match between the Argentine Del Potro and the Croat Marin Cilic.
After the match, Berdych revealed that he would love to work together with the Brit’s Murray current coach Ivan Lendl in the future:
“It would be an honour. But it’s not only just for me to say if I want him or not. But definitely if we could be together then, of course, it could be nice.” said the Czech.
Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga eased past the flamboyant Fabio Fognini of Italy, winning in straight sets 7-5 6-4 6-4.
With this win, the French no.5 seed improved his head to head record against the Italian to 2-0 and could face either his countryman Gilles Simon or the Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka in the next round.