|Posted on January 11, 2014 at 11:30 AM|
Tomas Berdych has a shot at finally winning the AAMI Classic title after qualifying for the final. This is Berdych's fourth attempt to win the Kooyong warm-up event. He lost to eventual winner Lleyton Hewitt last year before beating Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis in the playoff for third place. Good Luck Tomas!
Updated 2014 AAMI Kooyong Final will be Tomas Berdych vs
Richard GasquetKei Nishikori
Richard Gasquet reached the final of the Kooyong Classic on Friday as fellow Frenchman Gilles Simon rolled his ankle and was forced to retire on the eve of the Australian Open. Gasquet has general soreness and has pulled out to ensure he is ok for the Australian Open..
Gasquet was to play for the title against Tomas Berdych after the Czech clinched his spot on Wednesday with a defeat of Japan's Kei Nishikori.
Nishikori upsets Berdych to win Kooyong Classic
Saturday, January 11, 2014
Japan’s Kei Nishikori has joined his coach Michael Chang in illustrious company on the honour roll at Kooyong after upsetting world No.7 Tomas Berdych to win the AAMI Classic.
Nishikori, the 16th seed at next week’s Australian Open, overcame the rangy Czech to take the title 6-4 7-5.
Berdych, who will play Kazahkstan’s world No.92 Aleksandr Nedovyesov in his opening round at Melbourne park, wasn’t too bothered by the result.
“I didn’t come here for focusing on the score but more on the game that I played and today was in some stages a better game.
“It was about finding my rhythm and being comfortable, moving quite well and my body is prepared and feeling good.”
But for the exhibition tournament being a fluid eight-man invitational field Berdych should have been declared the winner by default.
He beat Nishikori 6-4 6-1 in the semi-final but the other two semi-finalists Richard Gasquet and Gilles Simon both withdrew with injury.
“Probably for the final it could be that I should be the winner but it’s the set-up of the tournament and all players are trying to get prepared to feel good for Monday,” he said.
Tomas Berdych prepares to hit a shot during the final against Japan's Kei Nishikori at the Kooyong Classic tennis tournament in Melbourne January 11, 2014. The Australian Open tennis tournament begins on January 13.
Tomas Berdych makes a forehand return to Japan's Kei Nishikori in their final match of the Kooyong Classic ahead of the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014.
Tomas Berdych plays a backhand during his match against Kei Nishikori of Japan during day four of the AAMI Classic at Kooyong on January 11, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia.
Tomas Berdych stretches for the ball during his match against Kei Nishikori of Japan during day four of the AAMI Classic at Kooyong on January 11, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia.
Kei Nishikori shakes hands with Tomas Berdych after winning the final on day 4 of the AAMI Classic tennis tournament at the Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club, Melbourne, Australia.
Kei Nishikori poses with the Kooyong Classic trophy after winning his match against Tomas Berdych in the final during day four of the AAMI Classic at Kooyong on January 11, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia.
Tomas Berdych interviewed on court
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Berdych accepted defeat with good grace, glad to get in a final match before his Grand Slam start.
"I was third in 2013 and second this year, I hope to return and make it number one. I like this event, played at this historical club (former home of the Australian Open). This is the best kind of start for next week," he said.