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2014 IPTL Singapore Day Two - Tomas Berdych is Slammers hero *6 Photos*

Posted on December 3, 2014 at 10:30 AM





The Singapore Slammers pose for a team photograph after their super tie break victory against Gael Monfils of the Indian Aces after game scores where level at 23-23 during the Coca-Cola International Premier Tennis League at the Singapore Sports Hub on December 3, 2014 in Singapore.





Tomas Berdych beat Gael Monfils in the super shootout to give Singapore Slammers a win over Indian Aces


The Singapore Slammers won their first match in the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) on Wednesday. Tomas Berdych led the home side to a thrilling 24-23 victory over the unbeaten Indian Aces.


This was their fifth match in the tournament and it was a good reversal after four consecutive defeats.


World number one Serena Williams gave Singapore a good start when she beat Ana Ivanovic 6-4.


But Williams and Bruno Soares lost the mixed doubles 6-3 and an Andre Agassi was thrashed 6-2 by Aces skipper Fabrice Santoro in the 'icons' singles match.


Trailing 16-11, Tomas Berdych dominated to thrash Gael Monfils 6-2 in the men's singles which set final set for Australians Lleyton Hewitt and Nick Kyrgios against Monfils and India's Rohan Bopanna.


The Australians edged the contest 6-5 following a five-minute shootout when the scores were tied at 5-5 with Hewitt dedicating the victory to deceased cricketer and "dear friend Phillip Hughes", whose funeral took place earlier on Wednesday.


The contest ended 23-23 meaning a seven-minute super shootout was needed to decide the winner Singapore skipper Josh Eagle called on Berdych who beat Monfils 10-6 to secure the win.


"There's no better feeling than that," an elated Berdych said in a courtside interview. "It's great to share in such an important win with the guys and you can see that everything is possible in this game. We have our first win."

 

 










Tomas Berdych of the Singapore Slammers celebrates match point against Gael Monfils of the Indian Aces during the Coca-Cola International Premier Tennis League at the Singapore Sports Hub on December 3, 2014 in Singapore.













Andre Agassi and Serena Williams of the Singapore Slammers walk onto the court after their teams victory against the Indian Aces during the Coca-Cola International Premier Tennis League at the Singapore Sports Hub on December 3, 2014 in Singapore.













Serena Williams of the Singapore Slammers celebrates after her teams victory against the Indian Aces during the Coca-Cola International Premier Tennis League at the Singapore Sports Hub on December 3, 2014 in Singapore.













Tomas Berdych of the Singapore Slammers is cheered on by his team mates during the super tie break against Gael Monfils of the Indian Aces after game scores where level at 23-23 during the Coca-Cola International Premier Tennis League at the Singapore Sports Hub on December 3, 2014 in Singapore.













Tomas Berdych of the Singapore Slammers walks out for his match against Gael monfils of the Indian Aces during the Coca-Cola International Premier Tennis League at the Singapore Sports Hub on December 3, 2014 in Singapore.













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