|Posted on September 25, 2013 at 5:55 PM|
Top seed Tomas Berdych will open his campaign against Roberto Bautista Agut after the Spaniard defeated qualifier Marco Chiudinelli 7-5, 7-6(2) in one hour and 50 minutes. Bautista Agut goes into the second-round match with the confidence of having beaten Berdych earlier this year at the Aircel Chennai Open quarter-finals. World No. 6 Berdych is looking for a strong showing this week to boost his points total in the Emirates ATP Race To London.
H2H Tomas Berdych vs Roberto Bautista-Agut
Tomas serves to Roberto Bautista-Agut
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"I faced some tough moments, but I reacted well," said Berdych. "It was a long trip down here but I felt good in the match, I've had good practice and I'm ready to play."
THAILAND OPEN 2013
Berdych Reaches QFs
by ATP Staff | 25.09.2013
Top seed Tomas Berdych was untroubled in his Thailand Open second-round match, defeating Roberto Bautista Agut 6-3, 6-3 on Wednesday in Bangkok. Victory for Berdych avenged the defeat he had suffered to Bautista Agut in the Aircel Chennai Open quarter-finals at the start of the season.
Berdych fired 11 aces and saved the five break points he faced to claim his 45th win of the season. The Czech is looking to win his first ATP World Tour title of the season and boost his points total in the Emirates ATP Race To London. Berdych is currently fifth in the race, which sees the Top 8 qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.
Tomas Berdych returns to Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain during the second round of the Tennis ATP Thailand Open 2013 tournament in Bangkok on September 25, 2013.
Tomas Berdych reacts to Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain during the second round of the Tennis ATP Thailand Open 2013 tournament in Bangkok on September 25, 2013.
From Official site Bangkok
25 September 2013
Top seed Berdych holds off Bautista-Agut to reach quarter-finals
Top seed Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic held off a spirited challenge from an inspired Roberto Bautista Agutof Spain, to win his second-round match 6-3, 6-3.
The crowd was treated to tenacious play from the Spaniard, who engaged the Czech in many long and exciting ralliesfeaturing powerful and precise shot making throughout the match and almost turned it around in the second set when he forced three break points in the third game.
After some argument with chair umpire Fergus Murphy over a time violation warning he received, Berdych came back saving all three break points thanks to some great serves including two aces.
He then broke Bautista Agut in the sixth game, converting the second of two break points after the Spaniard hit a forehand long.
Serving for the match at 5-3, Berdych went down 0-30 as Bautista Agut fought to stay in the match. But the Czech responded with four straight points to seal the match.
“Sometimes this kind of moment gives you extra power to go or even not power, but the other way round. When the tension is there, you talk to the referee a little bit. You get the time a little bit and the tension goes away. You just get your time back again. Go one by one. Then I made three great first serves. They saved me that game. A very important game,” said Berdych of the three break points he faced.
The top Czech will play his quarter-final against the winner of the second round match between Yen-Hsun Lu and
#8 seed Lukas Rosol.
Tomas Berdych shakes hands with Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain after the match during the 2013 Thailand Open at Impact Arena on September 25, 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand.
Handshake at the end of the match
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