|Posted on December 8, 2015 at 8:40 PM|
The UAE Royals got back to winning ways with a convincing victory over Singapore Slammers
MANILA, Philippines -- Tomas Berdych delivered when it mattered most as the UAE Royals foiled the Singapore Slammers' comeback bid with a 6-4 conquest of Nick Kyrgios in a gripping finale to the close match in the final day of the Manila leg of the Coca-Cola International Premier Tennis League Season 2 on Tuesday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Berdych overcame Kyrgios' four aces to preserve the victory for the Royals, 26-23, that put them back in the fight overtaking the Slammers in the standings at third spot behind the Micromax Indian Aces (3-0) and the Philippine Mavericks (3-1).
"It was a good fun. I hoped you guys like it. We're back in the fight. It's a great to win our last match in Manila. Let's bring the good energy to India," said the 30-year old Berdych right after the match.
Calm and collected, Berdych redeemed himself after their men's doubles loss, 2-6, to Kyrgios and Marcelo Melo that allowed the Slammers to cut into their lead, 20-19, entering the final set.
Berdych was always a step ahead in the finale with the match on the line.
The Czech Republic's Tomas Berdych of the UAE Royals serves against Australia's Nick Kyrgios of the Singapore Slammers in the men's singles event of the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) competition in Manila on December 8, 2015. Berdych def. Kyrgios 6-4.
Tomas Berdych of the UAE Royals returns the ball to Nick Krygios of the Singapore Slammers during the mens singles match of the International Premiere Tennis League (IPTL) at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, south of Manila, Philippines on December 08, 2015.
Tomas Berdych celebrates with his UAE Royals team-mates
Berdych def. Kyrgios 6-4. It was a valiant Tomas Berdych and a well-timed power-point that helped the UAE Royals to overturn their two match losing streak into a win, against the Singapore Slammers. The Royals won 26-23, after the Slammers narrowly trailed them going into the final set – the men’s singles.