Berlocq defeats Berdych to clinch Portugal Open 2014 title

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The 31-year-old Carlos Berlocq pulled off a magnificent comeback to defeat top-seeded Czech Tomas Berdych in the final of the Portugal Open 2014 in Oeiras and lift his second career trophy after triumphing at the Swedish Open in Bastad last July. The unseeded Argentine thus recorded the first triumph over his today’s opponent in four meetings on the tour.

For his part, the highest-ranked Czech was chasing the second tournament win of the year and the historic tenth in total. He started the clay-court title clash in a thundering fashion by storming through the opening set without surrendering a single game. He held his serves without problems, whilst converting three out of four break points to deliver the powerless adversary a bagel with twenty-eight minutes on the clock.

Berlocq regrouped by the beginning of the set two and finally got on the board by breaking Berdych in the initial game. The favorite pegged back in the sixth game before the contestants exchanged another couple of breaks by 4-4. Ultimately, the Argentine succeeded to restore his lead once again in the eleventh game and forced a decider after converting on the first set point.

Berlocq, who took the scalp of second seed Milos Raonic in the round of 8, shifted into even higher gear in the final set to utilize three break points for a 5-0 lead. He surrendered the subsequent service game, but stunned the Czech for the fourth time in the set to complete a 0-6, 7-5, 6-1 victory in two hours and ten minutes. While Berdych has proved to be dominant in the aces department (6-0), he will be extremely disappointed about gifting the rival ten break point chances and suffering seven losses of serve as a result.

The Argentine will return to the Top 50 next week thanks to securing 250 ATP Ranking points.

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