Top seed Tomas Berdych fought a valiant battle to reach the semi-final round of the Portugal Open on Friday, where he will now meet Romania’s Victor Hanescu for a spot in the final. Berdych leads the head-to-head series 1-0, with a victory in the 2008 Wimbledon Championships. Check out the Berdych vs Hanescu H2H matches.
World No. 6 Tomas Berdych defeated India’s Somdev Devvarman 6-3, 6-2 to begin his Portugal Open campaign before following up with a three set win over Leonardo Mayer in the quarter-final. It was a tough battle, as Berdych was broken on five separate occasions, but recovered with with six breaks of his own to rally for the win. He will now continue his campaign for a second title this year, after failing to capture a single one in the 2013 season.
“I respect every opponent I play,” said Berdych. “Leonardo was playing well. He can hit the ball very hard and strong. It was really up and down today, but in the end, finally, I re-focused myself and brought my best tennis in the last three or four games.”
- Berdych is making his first appearance since 2005 at the Portugal Open.
The top Romanian dispatched Portuguese wild card Gastao Elias with a 6-1, 7-5 victory in his quarter-final match-up. The win sets up an encounter with Berdych for a spot in his first ATP World Tour final of the season. The world No. 93 is 10-10 so far this season and is looking to end his week with a winning record.
This marks the second time these two competitors meet on the professional tour, with Berdych leading the series 1-0, with a victory in the 2008 Wimbledon Championships. This is the first time they meet on clay, which will still favour the Czech No. 1, even if he is forced to battle back from a set down again. With the exit of the second-seeded Raonic, this tournament is Berdych’s to lose.
Prediction: Tomas Berdych in Straight Sets