|Posted on June 16, 2017 at 11:35 AM|
Tomas Berdych and Feliciano Lopez of Spain shake hands at the net after their quarter final match at the ATP Mercedes Cup tennis tournament in Stuttgart, Germany, on Friday, 16 June 2017. Lopez won 6-7(4), 6-3, 6-4.
Lopez Edges Berdych In Big-Serving Stuttgart Duel
ATP Staff | Friday, June 16, 2017
Feliciano Lopez is one match away from reaching his fourth grass-court final – and his first in three years. The Spaniard battled hard at the Mercedes Cup to beat third-seeded Czech Tomas Berdych 6-7(4), 6-3, 6-4 in two hours and nine minutes on Friday for a place in the Stuttgart semi-finals.
Berdych could not convert two set-point chances at 6-5, 15/40 on Lopez's serve in the first set, but seized early control of the tie-break in a big-serving encounter. Serve-volleyer Lopez broke for a 4-2 lead in the second set, then in the seventh game of the decider to improve to a 12-12 match record in 2017. Berdych hit 21 aces, but Lopez struck 19 aces and importantly saved all nine break points he faced.
Ester Satorova, wife of Tomas Berdych, watches his quarter final match against Spain’s Feliciano Lopez at the ATP Mercedes Cup tennis tournament in Stuttgart, Germany, on Friday, 16 June 2017. Lopez won 6-7(4), 6-3, 6-4.
Tomas Berdych slips on the lush grass, but recovers to strike a winner against Feliciano Lopez
Tomas Berdych returns the ball to Spain's Feliciano Lopez during their quarterfinal match at the Mercedes Cup tennis tournament in Stuttgart, Germany on Friday, June 16, 2017. Lopez won 6-7(4), 6-3, 6-4.