|Posted on October 22, 2014 at 12:10 AM|
VALENCIA OPEN 500
BERDYCH CRASHES OUT IN VALENCIA
by ATP Staff | 22.10.2014
Tomas Berdych came crashing down to earth Wednesday when he suffered a first-round exit at the Valencia Open 500.
Just three days after lifting his 10th ATP World Tour title at the If Stockholm Open, second seed Berdych fell to Pablo Andujar 6-3, 6-2 in 72 minutes.
Berdych is currently No. 7 in the Emirates ATP Race To London, just 220 points ahead of No. 8-ranked Andy Murray, who is also competing at the ATP World Tour 500 indoor tournament.
"I am very happy," said Andujar. "I think it was a very special match for me, here in Valencia, with my friends and family cheering for me. I tried to be as solid as I could, then when I had the chance I attempted to hit it as hard as I could. Because I know Tomas is more powerful than I am. If I just put the ball in, he would destroy me."
Third seed Murray, the 2009 champion, could capitalise on Berdych's loss this week.
Murray, who hit 10 aces to beat Jurgen Melzer 6-3, 6-3 in 81 minutes, could rise to No. 5 in the Emirates ATP Race To London if he were to clinch the title. He won his 30th tour-level title on Sunday at the Erste Bank Open in Vienna (d. Ferrer).
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