|Posted on October 22, 2013 at 8:00 PM|
Berdych Marches On - Tomas Berdych looks to solidify his sixth place position in the Emirates ATP Race To London.
H2H Ivo Karlovic vs Tomas Berdych
Berdych Upset in Basel Opener
by ATP Staff | 22.10.2013
Tomas Berdych’s Barclays ATP World Tour Finals qualification bid was put on hold Tuesday when the second-seeded Czech failed to convert a match point in a tough 4-6, 7-6(4), 7-6(2) loss against Ivo Karlovic at the Swiss Indoors Basel.
The 6’11” Karlovic denied Berdych his chance to clinch the victory in the 10th game of the third set, coming up with an ace - one of his 23 in the match - at 30/40. The Croat, a semi-finalist last week in Moscow (l. to Gasquet), improved to a 18-11 mark in tie-breaks this season.
Berdych did not face a break point and won 78 per cent of his service points, compared to 69 per cent by Karlovic, during the two hour, 22-minute opener.
Berdych is next in line to qualify for the season finale, and began the week with a 650-point lead over his nearest opponent in the Emirates ATP Race To London. He would’ve been assured of qualifying for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals by reaching the semi-finals this week.
Italian chair umpire Manuel Messina
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