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H2H Tomas Berdych vs Matthias Bachinger - it's a first meeting
Order of Play - Saturday, October 18, 2014
IF STOCKHOLM OPEN 2014
Dimitrov, Berdych Aim For Stockholm Crown
by ATP Staff | 18.10.2014
Barclays ATP World Tour Finals hopefuls Grigor Dimitrov and Tomas Berdych will battle for the If Stockholm Open title on Sunday, along with valuable Emirates ATP Race To London points toward one of the three remaining spots at the prestigious season finale.
Defending champion Grigor Dimitrov added 60 points to his tally by defeating Bernard Tomic 6-3, 7-5. The Bulgarian is No. 11 in the battle for a spot at The O2 in London next month.
One break was enough in the first set for the second-seeded Dimitrov, who faced no break points that set. Tomic imposed himself early in the second set to take a 4-1 lead. The Australian was unable to convert two set-point opportunities on Dimitrov’s serve and, when Tomic served for the set at 5-3, a double fault proved costly.
Seven aces helped the Bulgarian win the 79-minute encounter and reach the final in the Swedish capital where he won his maiden ATP World Tour title last year.
"I like my chances," said Dimitrov on his hope of winning a fifth ATP World Tour title. "I never dislike my chances if I'm in the final. It's a nice place to be again. I would love to defend a title every single week. It brings the best out in you so for me it's a really nice place to be in.
"[Tomas is] one of the biggest hitters out there," said Dimitrov, who leads his FedEx ATP Head2Head series with Berdych 3-1. "I think we both are hungry to get that title so it’s going to be interesting."
Top seed Berdych defeated qualifier Matthias Bachinger 7-6(7), 6-4 for his 50th win of the season and a spot in the Stockholm final. The London contender also added 60 points towards the Race, where he currently sits in seventh position.
In their first FedEx ATP Head2Head meeting, 2012 champion Berdych was broken for the first time this week as Bachinger took a 4-3 lead in the first set. When serving for the set, the German was broken and Berdych levelled it for 5-5. In the eventual tie-break, Berdych was forced to save a set point before winning the first set 7-6(7).
Berdych broke in the third game of the second set for a 2-1 lead, but his opponent later converted his third break point opportunity of the set to level at 4-4. With a 142 km/h forehand winner on break point, the Czech got the break back for a 5-4 lead. Berdych converted his first match point opportunity to reach his 24th Tour-level final in 85 minutes.
Tomas Berdych's Girlfriend Ester Satorova in the stands
Chair Umpire is Adel Nour of Egypt
Tomas Berdych in action against Matthias Bachinger
Tomas Berdych eyes the ball during his semi-final match against Matthias Bachinger
Tomas Berdych shakes hands with Matthias Bachinger at the end of their semi-final match in Stockholm
Happy Tomas Berdych celebrates victory over Matthias Bachinger