No. 3 seed Berdych returns to action after his withdrawal from the US Open due to appendicitis. His absence snapped a streak of 52 consecutive Grand Slam tournament appearances. This is Berdych’s second straight appearance in St. Petersburg after an opening round loss last year (l. to Bolelli after bye).
Berdych is 31-15 on the season with his best results the semi-finals in Doha, Marseille and Wimbledon. He has also advanced to six quarter-finals, including at the Australian Open, Roland Garros and at ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments in Miami, Madrid and Toronto. Berdych is trying to qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London for the seventh straight year. He is No. 9 in the Emirates ATP Race To London standings.