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2013 Bangkok Final: Tomas Berdych vs Milos Raonic

Posted on September 29, 2013 at 10:20 AM



Tomas Berdych will meet Milos Raonic in the Thailand Open final on Sunday. "This is my third final of the season, so fingers crossed. I need to do what is best for my body now and try to recover. I want to be strong and ready for the final." said Berdych.




H2H Tomas Berdych vs Milos Raonic








Order of Play - Sunday, September 29, 2013












Raonic tops Berdych for Bangkok crown















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THAILAND OPEN 2013  


Raonic Downs Berdych To Claim Bangkok Crown


Bangkok, Thailand


by ATP Staff  |  29.09.2013

 

Canada's Milos Raonic stepped up his bid to qualify for November's Barclays ATP World Tour Finals by toppling top seed Tomas Berdych to claim the Thailand Open title in Bangkok on Sunday.


The third-seeded Raonic defeated Berdych 7-6(4), 6-3, prevailing in one hour and 17 minutes. The right-hander fired 18 aces to his opponent's four, saved the only break point he faced and won 95 per cent of first serve points.


"I think I struggled a lot more than him at the beginning, he was finding his rhythm better," said the World No. 11. "In the tie-break, it just came down to one return and playing pretty sold after that... I started being more aggressive."


He is now just 180 points behind tenth-placed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the Emirates ATP Race to London. Both Raonic and Tsonga are competing in Tokyo next week.


"It would mean a lot, it was a goal," Raonic said, referring to his hopes of qualifying. "After [the] clay and grass [seasons], it seemed very distant... I've put a lot of good results together."


Raonic improved his FedEx ATP Head2Head record against Berdych to 2-0 and captured his second title of the season following a third straight win in San Jose (d. Haas). He improved his record in ATP World Tour finals to 5-4 and lifted his career record against Top 10 opponents to 12-20.


Raonic beat the top two seeds and Top 10 players in the semi-final and final rounds for the second time en route to a title, having done so in Chennai last year. He's the highest-ranked player aged under 23 years old in the Top 50, and believes he can continue to improve.


"I think I'm playing great tennis, I'm serving really well, I'm doing a lot of good things. If I keep that up I think I'll have opportunities and will put myself in a good position, no matter who [I play]," Raonic said.


The Czech's loss leaves him as the only player within the Top 10 not to have won a title this season.


"He was exceptional. He was serving really well and didn’t give me many chances," said Berdych. "Basically, the match was about two points. Both of them Milos handled better and so he deserved to win."

 

 







Tomas Berdych reacts in his match against Milos Raonic of Canada during the 2013 Thailand Open at Impact Arena on September 29, 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand.
















Tomas Berdych returns a shot against Milos Raonic of Canada during their final match of the Thailand Open tennis tournament in Bangkok, Thailand Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013.
















Tomas Berdych returns a shot against Milos Raonic of Canada during their final match of the Thailand Open tennis tournament in Bangkok, Thailand Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013.
















Milos Raonic of Canada is congratulated by Tomas Berdych after winning their men's singles final match at the Thailand Open tennis tournament in Bangkok September 29, 2013.














MATCH REPORT


Raonic triumphs over Berdych to win Bangkok title


Number three seed Milos Raonic of Canada denied top seed Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic his first title of the year, with a 7-6(4), 6-4 victory in front of a packed stadium in Sunday’s singles final of the Thailand Open 2013.


The singles final was graced by Her Royal Highness Princess Ubonrat, who bestowed the winner’s trophy to the Canadian as the match was concluded.


Both players held serve strongly through the first set with exception in the twelfth game which saw Raonic save the only break point he faced in the match to force a tiebreaker.


But it was the Canadian who gained the only mini-break on the first point of the breaker with a down-the-line return winneroff the forehand side. He maintained the advantage to win the tie-break 7-4.


The second set saw Raonic quickly grab the only break of the match, in Berdych’s first service game. The world #11 then was in cruise control as he sealed his first Bangkok title, the fifth of his career.


The Canadian fired 18 aces, made 95 percent of points on first serve, and saved the only break point he faced.


“I think I struggled a lot more than him (Berdych) in the beginning. He found the rhythm better. In that tie-breaker, it just really came down to that one return and he was playing pretty solid after that. That return sort of gave me a little bit of a boost.  It sort of gave me an insight on what I need to do. I started to be more aggressive and tried to put the return in and to take control,” said the 2013 Thailand Open champion at the post-match press conference.


“It’s special to win here because I came back here second time and I enjoyed it. I’m happy with how I went the whole week,” he added.


“I’ve done a lot of great things since Montreal. I was not playing my best tennis there but I sort of worked it out and got the insight on what I need to do. And I know that was within myself.”


While Berdych has yet to end his title drought this year, having reached the final in Bangkok gave him an important boost in securing one of the remaining five spots for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London.


“He was exceptional. He was serving really well and didn’t give me many chances. I was able to keep with that. I served quite well. Basically, the match was about two points. Both of them Milos handled better and so he deserved to win,” said the runner-up.

 

 












Milos Raonic of Canada holds his trophy next to runner-up Tomas Berdych at the final of the Thailand Open tennis tournament in Bangkok, Thailand, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013.

 

















Winner Milos Raonic of Canada and runner-up Tomas Berdych hold their trophies after their men's singles final match at the Thailand Open tennis tournament in Bangkok September 29, 2013.
















Runner-up Tomas Berdych holds his trophy at the final of the Thailand Open tennis tournament in Bangkok, Thailand, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013. Raonic won 7-6, 6-3.













 

 

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