After the announcement that world No. 3 Stanislas Wawrinka had withdrawn from the Portugal Open, Tomas Berdych has been annouced as a late entrant to the draw, after the Czech No. 1 decided to take a late wild card as the top seed.
This will be the first time that he will play in the tournament since 2005.
The world No. 6 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.
Berdych will now lead the field that includes Milos Raonic, Marcel Granollers, Guillermo García-López, Dmitry Tursunov, João Sousa, Teymuraz Gabashvili, and Mikhail Kukushkin.
As the top seed, Berdych will receive a bye into the second round of the tournament, where he will face the winner between Somdev Devvarman and Matthew Ebden.
The Portugal Open takes place between April 28-May 4 in Oeiras, Portugal.