Tomas Berdych a.k.a. The Birdman - A Fan Site 2004-2017
Round 1 Shanghai 2009
October 13, 2009 - Tomas Berdych came back from a startling deficit to defeat Croatia's Marin Cilic in three tough sets. The Czech was first up to miss big opportunities. In the opening set, Berdych had a 5-3 advantage and a number of opportunities to take the lead in the match. Cilic came back to break and ultimately force a tiebreaker. The first-set breaker was a closely contested affair, with Berdych just pulling ahead 10-8. The second set was all Cilic. Berdych never had a break point chance; Cilic had four and converted one. The Croat had the clear momentum headed into the third set. Cilic took control of the third set early on. Berdych was broken and went down 0-40 at 2-4. The Czech was able to fight back to deuce and eventually held serve. Cilic lost the plot in the match from that point on, as Berdych stormed back to win the next four games and with them, the match.