|Posted on March 27, 2014 at 3:00 PM|
H2H Tomas Berdych vs Alexandr Dolgopolov
Order of Play - 2014 QF Miami - Tomas Berdych vs Alexandr Dolgopolov
Score and Stats 2014 QF Miami - Berdych def. Dolgopolov
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SONY OPEN TENNIS 2014
Berdych Set For Top 5 Return After Dolgopolov Win
by ATP Staff | 27.03.2014
Tomas Berdych is set to return to the Top 5 in the Emirates ATP Rankings on Monday after recording a milestone win to reach the Sony Open Tennis semi-finals. The Czech edged Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-4, 7-6(3) on Thursday in Miami to record his 450th tour-level win. He is the ninth active player to reach the landmark.
The 28-year-old Berdych is through to the semi-finals at Crandon Park for the third time and will look to advance to the final for a second time when he takes on either World No. 1 Rafael Nadal or Milos Raonic. Berdych finished runner-up at this ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament in 2010 (l. to Roddick).
Berdych brought to an end another strong tournament for World No. 23 Dolgopolov, who has put together the best four-tournament run of his career to more than halve his ranking since the start of the season. It was Berdych’s fourth win in four meetings with the Ukrainian.
Breaks were exchanged at the start of the match before rain briefly interrupted play at 4-4 in the first set. At the resumption, Berdych reeled off two straight games to clinch the opener. Dolgopolov struck back in the second set, securing a 3-2 advantage courtesy of a Berdych double fault. The Ukrainian had his chance to force a decider, but dropped serve in the 10th game as Berdych fought back. The Czech dominated the ensuing tie-break to claim victory in one hour and 45 minutes.
Australian Open semi-finalist Berdych is bidding to win his second ATP World Tour title of the season, following victory last month in Rotterdam (d. Cilic). He also reached the final in Dubai, losing out to Roger Federer.
Dolgopolov is coming off a semi-final run at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, where he had ousted Nadal in the third round. He reached the sixth final of his career last month in Rio de Janeiro, where he was bested by Nadal.
"I think I have done quite well, even in this match," said Dolgopolov. "I'm obviously not happy to lose. I had set point in the second set on my serve, so I had chances to go three sets. And in the first set I was a break up. I'm happy to finish the series that I have done for seven weeks."
Tomas Berdych serves to Alexandr Dolgopolov during their match on Day 11 of the Sony Open at the Crandon Park Tennis Center on March 27, 2014 in Key Biscayne, Florida. Berdych won 6-4, 7-6(3).
superb point.... really enjoyed it!
Tomas Berdych celebrates match point against Alexandr Dolgopolov of the Ukraine during their match on day 11 of the Sony Open at Crandon Park Tennis Center on March 27, 2014 in Key Biscayne, Florida. Berdych won 6-4, 7-6(3).
Tomas Berdych waves to the crowd after his match against Alexandr Dolgopolov on day eleven of the Sony Open at Crandon Tennis Center. Berdych won 6-4, 7-6(3).
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Fashion model Ester Satorova watches her boyfriend Tomas Berdych in action against Alexandr Dolgopolov during their quarter final round match during day 11 at the Sony Open at Crandon Park Tennis Cente on March 27, 2014 in Key Biscayne, Florida. Berdych won 6-4, 7-6(3).
Fashion model Ester Satorova celebrates after her boyfriend Tomas Berdych straight sets victory against Alexandr Dolgopolov during their quarter final round match during day 11 at the Sony Open at Crandon Park Tennis Cente on March 27, 2014 in Key Biscayne, Florida. Berdych 6-4, 7-6(3).
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Tomas signs on the camera
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