|Posted on October 23, 2015 at 6:30 PM|
Tomas Berdych shakes hands with Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria, after the quarterfinal in the Stockholm Open tennis tournament in Stockholm, Sweden, Friday, Oct. 23, 2015. Berdych won 7-5, 6-4.
Berdych Dominates Dimitrov, into SF Stockholm
ATP World Tour | 23 October 2015
Top seed and defending champion Tomas Berdych halted Grigor Dimitrov's upset bid 7-5, 6-4. A rematch of the 2014 Stockholm final, also won by Berdych, the Czech was rock solid on serve, taking 30/35 (86 per cent) of first serve points while stopping both of the Bulgarian's break chances. He pulled their FedEx ATP Head2Head series level at three wins apiece.
Berdych, who has clinched a spot in the season finale at The O2 for a sixth successive year, further cemented himself among the elite eight in advancing to his ninth ATP World Tour semi-final of the season. He most recently hoisted the trophy at the Shenzhen Open - his first title of 2015. The consistent Czech will square off against either Marcos Baghdatis or Gilles Muller next.
"My serve was working well today and in the tough moments I was able to help myself a lot with the serve," said Berdych. "In general, it was a very good match.
"It's different from last year when I was fighting until the last moments to qualify. I've qualified the earliest in my career. I'm very pleased with that. I've had a great season so far and I think it's a good reward for that. But I came here to play good tennis and take the trophy."
Score and Stats - Berdych def. Dimitrov QF Stockholm 2015