Tomas Berdych booked his quarterfinal ticket at the 2012 Paris Masters after beating Kevin Anderson of South Africa 1-6 6-3 6-4 in 2 hours and 11 minutes.
World no.39 Anderson got off to a superb start, breaking Berdych twice to take a 5-0 lead. It was only then that the Czech managed to get on the scoreboard, but it came way too late as the South African stormed to take the first set after just 37 minutes. Anderson outpowered Berdych from the baseline and his first serve percentage was at an unbelievable 75%.
The South African was close to taking Berdych’s serve in the opening game of the second set, but the Czech managed to avert a break point against him and eventually held for a 1-0 lead. No.5 seed Berdych then went on to take his opponent’s serve in the 8th game after Anderson produced three unforced errors. He subsequently closed out the set that lasted 46 minutes, forcing a decider. The biggest difference between the first and second set was that Berdych came up with far more winners (14 in comparison to 5 in set 1) and Anderson’s first serve percentage dropped to 50%.
Both players held their serves till the 7th game of the third set, when the Czech player struck again and consolidated the break for a 5-3 lead. With a hold to 15 when serving for the match at 5-4, Berdych set up a quarterfinal clash against the Frenchman Gilles Simon.
Simon advanced into the last 8 of the tournament after his opponent Kei Nishikori of Japan retired from their match due to injury.