Tomas Berdych Defeats Grigor Dimitrov to Win Stockholm Title

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Tomas Berdych needed three sets to usurp the If Stockholm title from Grigor Dimitrov and claim his second crown of the season.

The Czech No. 1 rallied from a set down to defeat the defending champion 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 to help boost his qualification bid for the Barclays ATP World Tour Final. He struck 13 aces and won 75 percent of his first service points to secure the win.

“I lost my chance in the first set when Grigor played incredibly,” added Berdych. “I kept pushing the same way and in the end it was the right decision. I was able to serve well from the second set and it worked pretty well.

“It’s another season with two titles under my belt, which is good. There are still a few chances to go this year. It’s the best possible way to finish the week.”

Berdych is currently sitting in seventh position and with his 160 points gained over the week, will likely cement that slot in the year-end championships.

“It’s the first and only tournament I’ve won twice,” said Berdych. “The hospitality and care here is very nice. That’s why I like to come back. I feel at home here.”

Tomas earned €94,500 in prize money and 250 Emirates ATP Rankings points for his efforts.

Dimitrov was disappointed with his loss is 330 points behind Andy Murray for the eighth and final slot in the tournament.

“It was a good match,” said Dimitrov. “I give all my respect to Tomas. It’s never easy to lose a final, but he was just better out there today. He had bigger momentum in the second and third (sets). That made the biggest difference.”

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