|Posted on October 19, 2014 at 3:50 PM|
H2H Tomas Berdych vs Grigor Dimitrov
Order of Play - Final Stockholm on Sunday, October 19, 2014
IF STOCKHOLM OPEN 2014
BERDYCH DENIES DIMITROV SECOND STOCKHOLM TITLE
by ATP Staff | 19.10.2014
Tomas Berdych rallied past defending champion Grigor Dimitrov 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 to claim the If Stockholm Open crown on Sunday, further boosting his Emirates ATP Race To London hopes. The Czech held his ground in seventh position, gaining a net total 160 points.
A semi-finalist in 2011, 29-year-old Berdych is seeking to qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals for the fifth consecutive year. He claimed his 10th tour-level title and fourth straight on indoor hard courts. The champion in Stockholm in 2012 as well, he is the ninth player to win multiple titles in the 45-year history of the tournament. James Blake most recently achieved the feat in 2005-06.
"It's the first and only tournament I've won twice," said Berdych. "The hospitality and care here is very nice. That's why I like to come back. I feel at home here."
Sunday's encounter had the makings of a straight-sets affair after Berdych broke for 4-3 in the first set and served for it at 5-4. Dimitrov had other ideas, breaking back and reeling off four straight games to capture the opener 7-5. The Czech would not be deterred by the swing in momentum, however, garnering a break to open the second set and another early in the deciding set, to claim victory in two hours and 21 minutes.
"I lost my chance in the first set when Grigor played incredibly," added Berdych. "I kept pushing the same way and in the end it was the right decision. I was able to serve well from the second set and it worked pretty well.
"It's another season with two titles under my belt, which is good. There are still a few chances to go this year. It's the best possible way to finish the week."
The 6'5" right-hander fired 13 aces and won 75 per cent of first serve points, taking home €94,500 in prize money and 250 Emirates ATP Rankings points.
Dimitrov, who is also in contention for the season finale, to be held 9-16 November at The O2 in London, remains in 11th position, 330 points behind Andy Murray for the eighth and final berth. The Bulgarian was bidding to claim his fourth title of the year, following triumphs in Acapulco, Bucharest and London/Queen's Club.
"It was a good match," said Dimitrov. "I give all my respect to Tomas. It's never easy to lose a final, but he was just better out there today. He had bigger momentum in the second and third (sets). That made the biggest difference."
Berdych will continue his London quest with a trip to the Valencia Open 500 next week. Seeded second, he opens against Pablo Andujar. Dimitrov, meanwhile, heads to Switzerland for the Swiss Indoors Basel. The 23 year old finds himself in a first round young gun clash against wild card Alexander Zverev.
Tomas Berdych won his 10th ATP World Tour title on Sunday in Stockholm
Tomas Berdych rallied past defending champion Grigor Dimitrov 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 to claim the If Stockholm Open crown on Sunday, further boosting his Emirates ATP Race To London hopes.
Tomas Berdych, this year's champion at the If Stockholm Open, posed with tournament director Robin Soderling
Christer Hult, Robin Soderling, Tomas Berdych and his girlfriend Ester Satorova