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2016 TOKYO Round 1: Third-seeded Tomas Berdych fell to Gilles Muller *H2H* *OoP* *Score and Stats* *PHOTOS*

Posted on October 5, 2016 at 11:00 AM


Gilles Muller of Luxembourg shakes hands with Tomas Berdych after winning the men's singles first round match on day three of Rakuten Open 2016 at Ariake Colosseum on October 5, 2016 in Tokyo, Japan. Muller won 7-6(7), 6-1.

 



H2H Tomas Berdych vs Gilles Muller




Order of Play - 2016 Tokyo R1 Berdych/Muller 1st match CC Wednesday, October 5, 2016








Score and Stats - Tomas Berdych lost his opening match at the Japan Open to Gilles Muller of Luxembourg 7-6 (7), 6-1




Cilic Battles Through But Berdych Falls In Tokyo


ATP Staff | Wednesday, October 5, 2016


Marin Cilic was pushed to the limit by Fernando Verdasco in the second round of the Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships 2016 on Wednesday, but the No. 4 seed ultimately rallied to win 4-6, 7-5, 7-5 in two hours and 25 minutes.


Cilic, No. 10 in the Emirates ATP Race To London, strengthened his case to make the elite eight-man field at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals while Tomas Berdych, the man ranked immediately above the Croatian, suffered a 7-6(7), 6-1 setback at the hands of Gilles Muller earlier on the same court. Cilic trails Berdych by 470 points and can take over No. 9 by winning the ATP World Tour 500 event.


Berdych was coming into Tokyo on a high after claiming his first title of 2016 at the Shenzhen Open last week. He appeared in control during the early portion of the match, racing to a 0/40 lead on the Muller serve in the sixth game. However, the Luxembourg native swept the next five points to hold, then eked out the tie-break after saving a set point. An ailing Berdych called for the trainer midway through the second set, but could not find any solutions against the left-handed serve-and-volleyer.


“I had some chances to break but he saved those break points and began to play much better,” said Berdych, who missed the US Open due to appendicitis. “Then at the start of the second set, my body was giving me signs that I’ve been playing too much tennis after the last couple of week.”

 

Tomas Berdych in action against Gilles Muller, of Luxembourg, during their singles match at the Japan Open mens tennis tournament in Tokyo, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016. Muller won 7-6(7), 6-1.

 
















Tomas Berdych reacts after losing a point against Gilles Muller of Luxembourg during their men's singles first round match at the ATP Japan Open tennis tournament in Tokyo on October 5, 2016. Muller won 7-6(7), 6-1.

 




















Tomas Berdych receives a medical treatment to his leg during his singles match against Gilles Muller of Luxembourg at the Japan Open mens tennis tournament in Tokyo, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016. Muller won 7-6(7), 6-1.

 
















Gilles Muller of Luxembourg shakes hands with Tomas Berdych after winning the men's singles first round match on day three of Rakuten Open 2016 at Ariake Colosseum on October 5, 2016 in Tokyo, Japan. Muller won 7-6(7), 6-1.

 




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