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2007 HALLE, Germany
Berdych wins for the first time on grass
June 17, 2007 - On week ahead of Wimbledon, the Czech Republics Tomá Berdych is in top form. On the grass courts of Halle in Germany, the Czech player won his third career ATP tour tournament while claiming his first-ever victory on grass.
The twenty-one-year-old Berdych seems to play well at the Gerry Weber Open. Just last year the Czech advanced to the finals of the tournament, losing only to three-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer. The world No. 1 was absent from this year’s tournament.
Fourth-seeded Czech Tomas Berdych dropped just two points on his first serve in a 7-5, 6-4 win over eighth seed Marcos Baghdatis to win the Halle title, one year after finishing runner-up to Roger Federer.
Berdych, 21, clinched his first title since winning ATP Masters Series Paris in late 2005. It was his third career title.
Berdych won 35 of 37 first-serve points, including his first 14 first-serve points.
Yet in the 10th game of the first set he had to stave off two set points on his own serve to level the match at 5-5.
Berdych, who saved all three break points against him, improved to 26-13 on the year while Baghdatis slipped to 28-13.
Baghdatis, who was celebrating his 22nd birthday, was appearing in his third final of the year, having won Zagreb and finished runner-up in Marseille.
Berdych: "It's fantastic. It's the second year in the final so to finish the champion this time is great.
"For me it's very special to win on grass. Two years ago I was saying I didn't like grass too much, so to be the champion after a tough tournament is very nice."
What was the turning point?: "The end of the first set when I was two set points down and then I had one small chance to break him. That was the key to the match."
Berdych’s success at Halle has moved him from 13th place to 11th place in the world rankings. The victory comes just one week before the start of Wimbledon. The Czech will have his sights set on his own personal Grand Slam triumph. In tennis’s four biggest tournaments, Berdych has only ever advanced to the eighth finals.