|Posted on October 14, 2015 at 8:00 AM|
Tomas Berdych returns a shot against Jack Sock of United States during their men's singles second round match on day 4 of Shanghai Rolex Masters at Qi Zhong Tennis Centre on October 14, 2015 in Shanghai, China. Berdych won 7-6(3), 4-6, 6-4.
Road to London
Despite a first-round exit in Beijing, Tomas Berdych remains next in line to have his ticket punched for the season finale, to be held 15-22 November at the iconic O2 arena on the banks of the River Thames. Berdych is just one week removed from claiming his first title of the season at the Shenzhen Open. With a potential quarter-final clash against third seed Andy Murray in the cards in Shanghai, he is seeking to book his spot for a sixth successive year.
"I learned quite a lot from the previous years," Berdych said in Beijing. "It's always the same, so there is no need to be worrying about that. I’m just going week by week, playing the tournaments and the tennis. In the end, we will see if I'm going to make it or not."
Berdych makes winning return to action at Shanghai Masters
ATP Staff | 14 October 2015
Fifth seed Tomas Berdych survived a stern test against Jack Sock, edging the American 7-6(3), 4-6, 6-4 in two hours and 25 minutes. Sock was made to rue converting just three of 14 break point chances, including missing three break points in the final game as Berdych served out the victory.
The 30-year-old Berdych is fifth in the Emirates ATP Race To London and next in line to qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. The Czech recently won his first ATP World Tour title of the season in Shenzhen (d. Garcia-Lopez) and has a 50-17 mark on the year.
Berdych goes on to face 10th seed Gilles Simon, who rallied from a set down to beat Leonardo Mayer 6-7(0), 6-4, 6-2 in two hours and 37 minutes. Simon was runner-up in Shanghai last year (l. to Federer). The Frenchman has enjoyed success against Berdych in the past, winning seven of their 11 meetings, including in the Shanghai quarter-finals last year.