Madrid Open runner-up Tomas Berdych overcame Poland’s Lukasz Kubot 6-4 6-1 and booked his place in the third round of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome.
The Czech came back from a break down in the first set after he managed to take his opponent’s serve in the 8th game to level the score at 4-4. Kubot’s serve became a lot more vulnerable and Berdych, reducing his unforced errors, broke once more to take a lead in the match.
Kubot didn’t offer much resistance in set 2 as Berdych literally destroyed him from the baseline. Two more breaks for the Czech sealed the match and he set up a third round encounter against no.12 seed Nicolas Almagro, who defeated American qualifier Sam Querrey 7-5 6-2.
The surprise of the day happened in the other match between another American John Isner and Andreas Seppi of Italy.
Seppi fought back from a set down to upset the 9th seeded Isner, winning 2-6 7-6 (5) 7-5.
Isner started the match with some big hitting and took a 4-0 lead before holding his serve to close out the set.
As there were no breaks in the second set, tiebreak was about to be played. Athough Isner managed to save the first two set points when 3-6 behind, he failed to avert the third one and Seppi forced a decider.
To the delight of the Rome crowd, Seppi claimed the only break of the third set. After taking Isner’s serve in the 11th game to go 6-5 up, he kept his cool and sailed to a superb victory.
Seppi will play the winner of the match between Stanislas Wawrinka and Janko Tipsarevic next.