|Posted on February 16, 2014 at 3:00 PM|
Tomas has reached the final of the ABN Amro tournament! He beat Ernests Gulbis in the semi-finals. Tomas will face Marin Cilic in Sunday's final. Match is scheduled at 3.00 PM.
H2H Tomas Berdych vs Marin Cilic
Order of Play - Sunday, February 16, 2014
Berdych def. Cilic in Rotterdam final
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ABN AMRO WORLD TENNIS TOURNAMENT 2014
Berdych Ends Drought With Rotterdam Title
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
by ATP Staff | 16.02.2014
Tomas Berdych ended his ATP World Tour title drought on Sunday, blasting past Marin Cilic 6-4, 6-2 in the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament final in Rotterdam. The World No. 7 hoisted his first trophy in 16 months, having fallen in all three finals he contested in 2013.
It was Berdych’s ninth tour-level crown in his 20th final outing. Despite reaching the quarter-finals or better in 15 of his 23 tournaments last season, the Czech was the only player in the Top 10 not to win a title. His last tournament victory came in Stockholm at the end of 2012, when he upended Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. He becomes the first Czech to win in Rotterdam since Radek Stepanek in 2006.
The 28 year old’s resiliency was on display from the start, saving a trio of break points in the second game of the match and immediately pouncing on Cilic’s serve for an early break of his own.
Berdych would not face another break point from then on, hammering nine aces and winning an impressive 76 per cent of service points. He fired 20 winners and benefitted from 22 unforced errors by Cilic to claim the victory in 75 minutes.
Berdych extends his FedEx ATP Head2Head advantage over Cilic to 5-2 overall and 3-1 on hard courts. Their lone meeting last year came at Queen’s Club in London, with the Croat prevailing in straight sets in the quarter-finals.
Berdych takes home $330,750 and 500 Emirates ATP Ranking points and ascends to No. 6 in the world. Cilic garners $149,135 and 300 Emirates ATP Ranking points. The Croat will re-enter the Top 30, rising eight spots.
"Because I'm worth it"
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Tomas Berdych: "I've been serving well all week, it was the strongest part of my game. My mental strength also saved me. This shows me that my tennis is not based on just one factor. I had a good all-round performance."
Berdych had not lifted an ATP trophy since Stockholm, October, 2012
Berdych is the first Czech to win the Rotterdam honours since his Davis Cup teammate Radek Stepanek eight years ago Tomas Berdych shows his trophy and celebrates his victory over Croatian Marin Cilic during the men's Singles final, of the 41st ABN AMRO world tennis tournament, at Ahoy Arena, in Rotterdam, Netherlands, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014.
Berdych is the first Czech to win the Rotterdam honours since his Davis Cup teammate Radek Stepanek eight years ago
Tomas Berdych shows his trophy and celebrates his victory over Croatian Marin Cilic during the men's Singles final, of the 41st ABN AMRO world tennis tournament, at Ahoy Arena, in Rotterdam, Netherlands, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014.