Saturday, July 28, 2012
Tomas Berdych was upset by Steve Darcis 6-4 6-4 in the first round of the 2012 London Olympic Games.
"It has always been a dream to play (on Centre Court). When you're young you watch Pete Sampras playing there and you think maybe one day, and today it was my day," Darcis said.
"It was a great atmosphere. To play those matches is why you play tennis and today it was an amazing feeling."
The Belgian won the first set and lead 5-3 up in the second but was broken.
Berdych held in the following game and even had two break points when his opponent was serving for the match again at 5-4 but Darcis clawed his way back to deuce.
The pair battled it out in a long rally, which Darcis ended with a classy cross court backhand to gain match point before Berdych sent a shot long allowing Darcis to celebrate the win.
“It was amazing, you know, to step on the court, to see all the crowd,” Darcis said of his first outing on Centre Court. “Of course, it was different. It was the Olympics. It's also another atmosphere, you know. It was great. You play tennis to play those matches, to play on those courts.”
The Belgian will face Santiago Giraldo in the second round.
"I played him in Munich on clay this year and I lost already, but you know I just beat Tomas," said Darcis.
"I'm playing good, I'm confident, so why not Santiago, he's a great player and it will be very tough but I will do my best and see how it goes."