|Posted on July 30, 2014 at 8:00 PM|
Top seed Tomas Berdych will face American Robby Ginepri in the second round of the Citi Open, the second stop of the Emirates Airline US Open Series. Ginepri and Berdych will be squaring off for the first time since the 2009 Australian Open, a match the Czech won in straight sets to improve to 3-0 in their FedEx Head2Head series. Both players reached the semi-finals on their Washington debuts: Ginepri in 2004 (l. to Hewitt) and Berdych in 2005 (l. to Blake).
CITI OPEN 2014
Top Seed Berdych Claims Opener in Washington
by ATP Staff | 30.07.2014
Top seed Tomas Berdych opened his campaign for a first Citi Open crown with a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Robby Ginepri in the second round on Wednesday evening.
In Berdych’s first tournament since a run into the Wimbledon third round earlier this month (l. to Cilic), the Czech wild card won 21 of 25 first-serve points (84 per cent) and broke the American qualifier four times in five opportunities to advance in 68 minutes.
"I felt good on the court. My goal was to be focused, especially after having a few weeks off," said Berdych. "I'm happy to be back on the hard courts. This is my favourite surface and suits my game the most."
The 28 year old is seeking his first North American tour-level title at the William H.G. Fitzgerald Tennis Center. This season, he claimed his ninth ATP World Tour title in Rotterdam (d. Cilic), in February, and finished runner-up twice, in Dubai and Oeiras.
The World No. 5 goes on to play 13th seed Vasek Pospisil, a 6-0, 7-6(8) winner over qualifier Rajeev Ram. The 24-year-old Canadian, ranked 36th in the Emirates ATP Rankings, did not drop serve during the 98-minute contest.
Robby Ginepri of the United States shakes hands with Tomas Berdych after losing during Day 3 of the Citi Open at the William H.G. FitzGerald Tennis Center on July 30, 2014 in Washington, DC. Berdych won 6-1, 6-4.