Czech No. 1 Tomas Berdych cruised past Marin Cilic in the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament to lift the Rotterdam trophy. The win ended a ATP World Tour title drought, which saw him titles since October 2012. The Czech, who was the only member of the Top 10 to not win a title last season, is now one of the first to win a title in 2014.
Marin Cilic, who was riding a nine-match winning streak, which included a title victory in Zagreb, was simply unable to withstand the Czech barrage, eventually losing 6-4, 6-2 in 75 minutes. Berdych hit 9 aces to Cilic’s 8, yet saved all three break point opportunities, while successfully breaking the Croatian on three of four tries.
Berdych earned $330,750 and 500 Emirates ATP Ranking points for his efforts, which will lift him to No. 6 in the world. Cilic earned $149,135 and 300 Emirates ATP Ranking points, raising him eight spots and back into the ATP Top 30.