Wimbledon, England (Sports Network) - Former runner-up Tomas Berdych and
former U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro were among those restoring
order on the men's side Thursday at Wimbledon.
Just one day after the men's and women's draws were ravaged by upsets and
injuries, the seventh-seeded Berdych and eighth-seeded del Potro managed to
post second-round wins at the world's most prestigious tennis event.
The Czech Berdych, who reached the Wimbledon final in 2010, handled German
Daniel Brands 7-6 (8-6), 6-4, 6-2, while the 6-foot-6 Argentine del Potro
dismissed former American and now Canadian Jesse Levine 6-2, 7-6 (9-7), 6-3 on
the famed grass at the All England Club.
Berdych has failed to get past the fourth round here since reaching the final
in 2010, including an opening-round loss last year. The 2009 U.S. Open winner
del Potro has never reached a Wimbledon quarterfinal, but was an Olympic
bronze medal winner on the grass here at the All England Club last summer.
Wednesday's carnage included losses by seven-time Wimbledon champion Roger
Federer and two-time semifinalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and an injury withdrawal
by 10th seed Marin Cilic.
Meanwhile, 23rd-seeded Italian Andreas Seppi was leading Michael Llodra 7-5
after one set when the quality left-handed Frenchman retired on Thursday and
27th-seeded South African Kevin Anderson took care of Poland's Michal
Przysiezny 6-4, 7-6, 6-4.
Promising Aussie Bernard Tomic advanced by getting past former top-10 American
James Blake 6-3, 6-4, 7-5.
The Sports Network