Tomas Berdych eased past 74th-ranked Yen-Hsun Lu in his 2nd round match in Cincinnati. The 5th seed’s trademark powerful forehand was in full display on center court as he showed no mercy to Lu who was celebrating his 29th birthday. The 6’5” Czech traded a pair of early breaks with his opponent before taking the first set 6-3. Lu was unable to capitalize on any of the advantages he was presented and the match quickly slipped away from him. Berdych went on to win the match 6-3, 6-4 in 97 minutes. He will play either veteran Marcos Baghdatis or the up-and-coming Milos Raonic in the third round.
Also in the 2nd round, Australian teenager Bernard Tomic ended Brian Baker’s run, defeating the American in straight sets. Wildcard Baker pulled an upset in the 1st round by beating 15th seed Philipp Kohlschreiber in two tiebreak sets. Tomic, however, proved to be too much for Baker to handle. The 6’5” Australian’s heavy-handed serves made it difficult for the 27-year old Baker to attack. Tomic’s consistency afforded him 2 breaks in the match allowing him to take the win 6-4, 6-3 in 76 minutes. Up next for the young Australian is either Alex Bogomolov Jr., or world no. 1 Roger Federer.