Tomas Berdych a.k.a. The Birdman - A Fan Site since 2004
2018 STUTTGART (R1=BYE) Round 2 d. Benoit Paire
STUTTGART Thursday, June 14, 2018 --- Berdych Ends Losing Streak, Moves Into Stuttgart QFs ---- Berdych snapped a five-match losing streak, defeating Frenchman Benoit Paire 7-6(3), 6-4 to set the battle against Raonic. The No. 3 seed, who has reached back-to-back Wimbledon semi-finals, had not lost five consecutive matches since the end of 2004 through the beginning of 2005, when he dropped six in a row. At the time, the Czech was just 19 years old. But he bounced back on the Stuttgart grass, dropping just six first-serve points and saving the only break point he faced to move past the World No. 47. "It was a tough one. He's a very talented player. You really don't know until the last moment what's going to come up. He's very talented, all the shots he can make. For the first time after such a long time, to play him, it's not easy. But I'm glad that I had a good test and I think I played very well throughout the whole match," Berdych said. Berdych now leads Paire 3-0 in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series after defeating the Frenchman in their first meeting since Roland Garros in 2015. The Czech showed good form early in the season, reaching at least the quarter-finals at three of his first four tournaments. Berdych seeks his first ATP World Tour title since the Shenzhen Open in 2016.