Top seed Tomas Berdych and Carlos Berlocq are set to meet in the final of the Portugal Open on Sunday afternoon. This marks the fourth time these two competitors will meet on the ATP World Tour, with Berdych leading the head-to-head series 3-0.
World No. 6 Tomas Berdych captured his first title in 16 months at Rotterdam bringing his overall record in ATP World Tour finals to 9-11. Following his success in the Netherlands, Berdych would see his his career-best 11-match winning streak end with a tight three-set loss to Roger Federer in Dubai. While he lost in the second round at Indian Wells, he reached the semi-finals in Miami but was forced to withdraw ahead of his scheduled contest versus Nadal due to gastroenteritis. He would then go on to lose to Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in the second round in Monte Carlo.
Since then, Berdych took a late decision to enter the Portugal Open as a wildcard entrant into the position of top seed. He worked his way through the draw, picking up wins over Devvarman, Mayer and Hanescu en route to the final. He is now 24-5 this season.
“It will be great,” said Berdych. “It’s always a pleasure to get to the final stages of the week in tournaments. I’m really looking forward to it.
“This is the way I want to perform on the clay. You need the days like yesterday to battle through tough situations and get the good results. I want to improve my game at this level and go higher and higher.”
- This marks Berdych’s 22nd tour-level final overall.
- His only other appearance at the Portugal Open was in 2005, where he lost in the opening round of the tournament.
World No. 62 Carlos Berlocq toppled Spain’s Daniel Gimeno-Traver 7-6(6), 6-2 in just over an hour and a half of court time. He has now officially reached his third ATP World Tour final, having claimed his maiden title last July at the SkiStar Swedish Open.
- Berlocq is the sixth different Argentine to reach the Oeiras final since 2003
This marks the fourth time these two competitors will meet on the ATP World Tour, with Berdych leading the head-to-head series 3-0. Their most comptitve encounters have taken place on clay, which will likely be the case once more this time around.
Prediction: Tomas Berdych in Three Sets