|Posted on May 26, 2017 at 3:00 PM|
Tomas Berdych in action against Canada’s Milos Raonic during their semi-final match at the Parc de la Tete d'Or in Lyon, France on Friday, May 26, 2017. Berdych won 7-6(5), 7-6(2).
Berdych Ousts Raonic To Reach Lyon Final
Friday, May 26, 2017 | ATP Staff
Czech will meet home favourite Tsonga in final
Third seed Tomas Berdych will play for his first ATP World Tour title of the season after earning revenge against Canadian Milos Raonic 7-6(5), 7-6(2) on Friday during the semi-finals of the Open Parc Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Lyon.
Berdych had lost to Raonic in straight sets eight days ago at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia in Rome, and Raonic led their FedEx ATP Head2Head series 5-2. But the 31-year-old Berdych delivered nine aces to eke out a tight win and reach his first ATP World Tour final since last October, when he beat Richard Gasquet to win the Shenzhen Open.
“Best match here definitely. I'm improving match by match, which is good and that's very important. I'm happy with the way the week is going,” Berdych said.
The World No. 14 last played in a clay-court final in 2015, when he fell to Novak Djokovic at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters. The Czech right-hander will try to secure his 14th title when he meets Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who advanced to his first clay-court final with a 6-2, 3-6, 6-1 victory against Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili.
Tomas Berdych reaches his first clay-court final since the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters in 2015.
WHAT HE SAID:Tomas Berdych: "Best match here definitely. I'm improving match by match, which is good and that's very important," said Berdych, who had nine aces. "I'm happy with the way the week is going."
"I'm expecting again a very good test, a big battle and I'm looking forward to it," Berdych said. "Let's finish the week strong."