|Posted on September 27, 2013 at 6:50 AM|
Tomas will play his quarter-final match at the Thailand Open against Taiwanese Yen-Hsun Lu. They have played against each other once before, last year on Hard in Cincinnati. The match will be the second on Centre Court.
H2H Tomas Berdych vs Yen-Hsun Lu
Order of Play - Friday, September 27, 2013
Tomas Berdych held off a spirited challenge from of Yen-Hsun Lu, to win his quarter-final match 7-6, 6-4.
THAILAND OPEN 2013
Tomas Berdych To Face Gilles Simon In Bangkok Semi-finals
by ATP Staff | 27.09.2013
Top seed Tomas Berdych will face fourth Gilles Simon in the Thailand Open semi-finals after defeating Yen-Hsun Lu 7-6(7), 6-4 on Friday in Bangkok. The Czech hit 20 aces and broke serve twice to prevail in one hour and 50 minutes.
Berdych will look to overturn a 2-5 H2H record against Simon, having lost their past three meetings, all on hard court. The 28 year old is looking to win his first ATP World Tour title of the season this week; he is the only member of the Top 10 not to have won a title in 2013.
Berdych will contest the Bangkok semi-finals for the third time [2007-2008] and is looking for a good showing this week to boost his bid to qualify for the year-end Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. The right-hander is currently fifth in the Emirates ATP Race To London, with the Top 8 guaranteeing their spots in London.
Tomas Berdych QF Bangkok
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Tomas Berdych came through against Yen-Hsun Lu of Chinese Taipei
Big-serving Tomas Berdych led the way, slamming 20 aces in a hard-fought 7-6 (9-7) 6-4 victory over Lu Yen-Hsun.
The world No 6 was made to sweat for his straight sets win against his Taiwanese rival, who has lost all 10 of his career quarter-finals.
The Czech star needed a string of aces to claim his victory, coming back from a break down in the opening set. He only lost serve once while breaking his opponent three times.
Berdych last won a trophy in October in Stockholm and remains the only member of the ATP top 10 without a trophy this year.
"Credit to the opponent," said the 28-year-old, who was playing in Bangkok for the first time in half a decade.
"Sometimes I felt like I was in PlayStation. He was hitting so fast, so low and making so many winners. It was a tough match and I'm happy to go through. He played well. It proves how tough tennis is these days."
He now faces 2009 champion Gilles Simon, who overcame a back injury and jet lag to struggle past Dutchman Igor Sijsling.
Tomas Berdych’s new physio is Sergio Ferraz
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