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.