|Posted on October 17, 2014 at 7:20 PM|
IF STOCKHOLM OPEN 2014
Berdych Reaches SFs
by ATP Staff | 17.10.2014
Top seed Tomas Berdych needed just 66 minutes to record a 6-2, 6-2 win over Romanian qualifier Marius Copil, who was celebrating his 24th birthday Friday. Berdych won 91 per cent of his first-serve points and converted four of his nine break point chances, while saving all three faced. Following the match, those in attendance sang 'Happy Birthday' to Copil.
“Marius is a good opponent and it’s not easy to play him,” said Berdych. “But I used all my chances that I prepared today and I played solid, which was one of the keys I was trying to bring into the game. It was a solid win.”
The Czech, who currently stands in the seventh position in the Emirates ATP Race To London, will look to reach his fifth final of the season when he next meets qualifier Matthias Bachinger.
“Tomorrow will be another opponent I will meet for the first time on the court, so just need to get back to those rhythms when I’m facing a guy for a first time,” said Berdych. “Mainly focus on myself, my game and try to keep going and bring another win.”
Bachinger reached his second ATP World Tour semi-final after a 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 defeat of Frenchman Adrian Mannarino. The 27-year-old German fired 13 aces and won 92 per cent of first-serve points (35 of 38) to close out the match in one hour and 42 minutes. Bachinger appeared in his maiden semi-final two years ago in Bucharest (l. to Simon).
Chair Umpire is Mohamed El Jennati
Tomas Berdych shakes hands with Marius Copil
Tomas Berdych signs autographs for fans after his victory over Marius Copil