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2016 PARIS MASTERS (R1=BYE) Round 2: Berdych beats Sousa to reach 3rd round. Berdych keeps London hopes alive *H2H**OoP* *Score and Stats*

Posted on November 1, 2016 at 4:10 PM



Tomas Berdych walks out for his men's singles second round match against Joao Sousa of Portugal on day two of the BNP Paribas Masters at Palais Omnisports de Bercy on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 in Paris, France. Berdych won 6-3, 3-6, 7-5.




H2H Tomas Berdych vs Joao Sousa




Order of Play - Tuesday, November 1, 2016 Berdych/Sousa 2nd match Centre Court



Berdych Advances on Tuesday in Paris





Score and Stats - Berdych boosts World Tour Finals bid with win over Sousa in Paris





Stayin' Alive: Berdych Victory Keeps Czech In London Contention


ATP Staff | Tuesday, November 1, 2016


Tomas Berdych kept alive his Barclays ATP World Tour Finals qualification hopes in Paris on Tuesday, surviving a tight second-round match against Joao Sousa to advance, 6-3, 3-6, 7-5.


A single break of serve in each of the first two sets was all that was needed to force a deciding set. Both players traded routine service holds until 6-5, when 2005 champion Berdych broke Sousa to clinch the match.


Berdych currently has 2,880 points in the Emirates ATP Place to London, just behind Dominic Thiem and Marin Cilic for the final two spots at the season finale to be held at The O2 in London from 13-20 November. The Czech player must reach the BNP Paribas Masters semi-finals if he is to have any chance of qualifying for the seventh straight year.

 



Tomas Berdych celebrates match point during his men's singles second round match against Joao Sousa of Portugal on day two of the BNP Paribas Masters at Palais Omnisports de Bercy on November 1, 2016 in Paris, France. Berdych won 6-3, 3-6, 7-5.




Goran Ivanisevic, the coach of Tomas Berdych, and his fitness trainer Azuz Simcich watch his men's singles second round match against Joao Sousa of Portugal on day two of the BNP Paribas Masters at Palais Omnisports de Bercy on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 in Paris, France. Berdych won 6-3, 3-6, 7-5.




Ester Satorova, the wife of Tomas Berdych, watches his men's singles second round match against Joao Sousa of Portugal on day two of the BNP Paribas Masters at Palais Omnisports de Bercy on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 in Paris, France. Berdych won 6-3, 3-6, 7-5.



Berdych beats Sousa to reach Paris Masters 3rd round


By JEROME PUGMIRE  |  AP Sports Writer


PARIS (AP) -- Tomas Berdych avoided another early exit by beating Joao Sousa 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 on Tuesday to reach the third round of the Paris Masters.


At 4-4 in the deciding set, Berdych trailed 15-40 and saved two break points.


Although Berdych won the Shenzhen Open in China last month, the Czech player's form dropped sharply with first-round exits at the Japan Open and the Erste Bank Open in Vienna. In between, there was a second-round loss at the Shanghai Masters.


Losing so many ranking points forced Berdych out of the top 10 for the first time since reaching the 2010 Wimbledon final. It also leaves him needing to reach the semifinals in Paris to have a chance of qualifying for the season-ending ATP finals in London - a difficult task considering he could face Andy Murray in the quarterfinals.


Berdych, the 2005 champion, had 14 aces against Sousa. He will next face either 10th-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut or Gilles Simon.


Seven players vying for the two remaining spots in London.



Tomas Berdych keeps his hopes alive for London with a second-round win on Tuesday at the BNP Paribas Masters





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