|Posted on November 9, 2009 at 9:45 AM|
ATP NEWS - Monday, November 9, 2009
Former champion Tomas Berdych booked a place in the BNP Paribas Masters second round Monday after defeating French qualifier Vincent Millot 6-3, 7-6(4) in 86 minutes at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament.
Berdych, who captured the 2005 Paris title over Ivan Ljubicic on his tournament debut, hit 10 aces past his 23-year-old opponent and converted three of four break point opportunities. He improved to 16-8 in tie-breaks this year.
The 24-year-old Berdych, who will lead Czech Republic against Spain in the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas final next month, improved to a 36-24 match record on the season (22-16 on hard courts). In May, he captured his fifth career ATP World Tour title at the BMW Open in Munich (d. Youzhny).
Berdych is through in straight sets
Tomas Berdych into 2nd round at Paris Masters
Former winner Tomas Berdych beat French qualifier Vincent Millot 6-3, 7-6 (4) to reach the second round of the Paris Masters tournament on Monday.
The 24-year-old Berdych, who won in Paris in 2005, served 10 aces and broke his opponent three times on his way to his one hour and 25 minutes victory.
The 247th-ranked Millot wasted a 5-2 lead in the second set and his Czech opponent finished the match with an ace on his first match point.
Berdych, a former world No. 9 who is currently 20th in the ATP rankings, will next face 14th-seeded Tommy Robredo of Spain.
Former champion Berdych advances in Paris
Former champion Tomas Berdych survived the first round of the Paris Masters with a 6-3 7-6 victory over French qualifier Vincent Millot on Monday.
Czech Berdych, who won the indoor event in 2005, made many unforced errors and struggled at times against an opponent ranked outside the top 200.
The 24-year-old number 20, who recovered from 4-1 down in the second set to force a tie-break which he took 7-4 with an ace on match point, will be tested in the next round against Spaniard Tommy Robredo, seeded 14th in the final tournament of the regular season.