Sunday, 27 February 2011

Richard Berankis, Lithuania just got hotter!

Richard Berankis (born Ričardas Berankis on 21 June 1990) is a Lithuanian professional tennis player.


Berankis started 2011 at the 2011 Brisbane International tournament. He first went through the qualifying draw, where he won all three matched to proceed to the main draw. In the first round of the main draw, Berankis defeated Arnaud Clément 6-4, 6-3. He lost in the second round to Florian Mayer 4-6, 6-4, 4-6.

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Berankis then made the 2011 Australian Open. This marked the first time he did not have to compete in the qualifying round to make the main draw. In the first round he defeated Marinko Matosevic 6-4, 6-2, 7-5. In the second round, Berankis defeated former world number 3 David Nalbandian 6-1, 6-0, 2-0. He was defeated by David Ferrer in the third round 2-6, 2-6, 1-6.

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Next he played in the 2011 SAP Open, where he was able to match his best performance on the ATP World Tour by reaching the quarterfinals. There he lost to Canadian and eventual champion Milos Raonic 4-6 6-7(2).

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Berankis' next tournament is in Memphis, where he will face Andy Roddick in the first round.

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