|Posted on November 4, 2015 at 5:20 PM|
Tomas Berdych in action against France's Edoaurd Roger-Vasselin
So far, so good for Edouard Roger-Vasselin: after making it through the qualifying rounds, he sent Ivo Karlovic packing (4-6, 7-6, 7-6) to secure a spot in the second round of the BNP Paribas Masters a career first. Although the doubles world No.16 (singles No.149) got off to a sluggish start once again, dropping the first set in a repeat of his two qualifying rounds, he finally picked up the pace to close out. Karlovic, up 5-3 and serving for the match, was unable to hold on as Roger-Vasselin broke him at every chance, making victory that much sweeter for the Frenchman. He’ll face No.5 Tomas Berdych in the second round.
Tomas Berdych returns the ball to France's Edouard Roger-Vasselin during their second round tennis match at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 indoor tennis tournament in Paris on Wednesday, November 4, 2015. Berdych won 6-3, 4-6, 7-5.
Berdych into Round of 16 with win over Roger-Vasselin
ATP Staff | Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Tomas Berdych needed three sets over two hours and 15 minutes to overcome qualifier Edouard Roger-Vasselin 6-3, 4-6, 7-5. The No. 5-seeded Czech struggled on his serve, totaling six double faults and landing just 47 per cent of his first serves. But he would make good on five of six break-point opportunities in securing the win to advance.