Wimbledon: Tomas Berdych and Juan Martin del Potro both through to third round
Tomas Berdych comfortably won through to the third round at Wimbledon with a straight sets victory over Daniel Brands.
By Sam Drury
Last Updated: 27/06/13 5:41pm
The Czech was made to work to win the first set in a tie-break but from there on never looked like being the latest high-profile player to exit the All-England Club as he triumphed 7-6 (8-6) 6-4 6-2.
After Wednesday's shocks and withdrawals, the No 7 seed could have been forgiven for fearing the worst when his German opponent pushed him all the way in the opening set.
However, Berdych took the tie-break 8-6 and remained in control to take the second set 6-4, despite Brands' best efforts.
Brands' endeavours in the first two sets took their toll in the third and the world No 57 was broken in his first service game.
Berdych took full advantage and broke again to wrap up the win, taking the final set 6-2.
He will now face Kevin Anderson of South Africa in the next round.
Former US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro also progressed with a 6-2 7-6 (9-7) 6-3 triumph over Canadian Jesse Levine.
The Argentinian's class showed as he recovered from 3-0 down in the second set tie-break before comfortably taking the third set 6-3 to clinch the victory.
Ninth-seeded Frenchman also progressed to the third round as he secured a 6-0 6-3 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 win over Go Soeda as the rain started to fall on Court One.