|Posted on October 5, 2015 at 6:00 PM|
Tomas Berdych holds the winner's check during the trophy ceremony after defeating in the final match Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain on day eight of the 2015 Shenzhen Open ATP World Tour at Longgang Sports Center on Monday, October 5, 2015 in Shenzhen, China. Berdych won 6-3 7-6 (7).
Berdych 2015 FastFacts
F (3): Doha (l. to Ferrer); Rotterdam (l. to Wawrinka); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Monte Carlo (l. to Djokovic);
SF (4): Australian Open (l. to Murray); Dubai (l. to Djokovic); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami (l. to Murray); ATP Masters 1000 Madrid (l. to Nadal);
QF (4): ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells (l. to Federer); ATP Masters 1000 Rome (l. to Federer); Halle (l. to Karlovic); ATP Masters 1000 Cincinnati (l. to Dolgopolov)
YTD W-L: 47-16 (30-10 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 10
Date of Birth: September 17, 1985
Emirates ATP Ranking: 5
Shenzhen W-L (Best Result): 2-0 (2015 Semi-finalist)
•••• No. 1 Czech defeated Krajicek 75 63 in 2R and No. 6 seed Vesely 63 62 in QF. Leads tournament in service games won (19 of 20, 95%), saving 6 of 7 break pts. and No. 2 in 2nd serve pts. won (67%) •••• The 30-year-old has reached QF or better at 12 of 17 tournaments and won 2-or-more matches at 15 of 17 •••• Still seeking 1st title of season after falling in finals at Doha (l. to Ferrer), Rotterdam (l. to Wawrinka) and ATP Masters 1000 Monte-Carlo (d. No. 6 Raonic, l. to No. 1 Djokovic). •••• Last title was 2014 Stockholm (d. Dimitrov). Looking to reach 28th career final (10-17) •••• Advanced to Australian Open SF (d. No. 3 Nadal, l. to No. 6 Murray), matching career-best showing in Melbourne (also 2014 SF) •••• Fell in 4R at Roland Garros (l. to Tsonga), Wimbledon (l. to Simon) and US Open (l. to Gasquet) •••• Achieved career-high ranking of No. 4 on May 18 •••• Earned 500th career victory with 2R win over Bolelli at Dubai •••• Has played in 49 straight majors -- 4th among active players (Federer 64, F. Lopez 55, Verdasco 50)
Berdych wins rain-delayed Shenzhen Open
Monday, October 5, 2015
SZENZHEN, Oct 5, 2015 (Reuters) - Tomas Berdych captured his 11th career ATP title, and his first this year, by beating Spain's Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-3 7-6 (7) in a rain-delayed Shenzhen Open final on Monday.
Held over because of heavy rain that drenched parts of southern China over the weekend, Berdych maintained his composure through another frustrating weather interruption to win in straight sets.
"The last three days were tough especially mentally to keep being very focused," the top-seeded Czech said in a post-match interview.
"I was the one who dealt with that the best. I'm proud of myself to make it happen because these conditions were not easy at all."
The victory gave the 30-year-old Berdych his first ATP title since last year's Stockholm Open. He has also reached three other finals this year, at the Qatar Open, the Rotterdam Open and the Monte Carlo Masters, but lost them all.
He made a strong start against Garcia-Lopez, racing into a 5-2 lead before play was halted for 45 minutes due to a downpour.
When the players returned Berdych closed out the opening set but fell 3-1 behind in the second.
He managed to recover and force a tiebreak but had to save a set point before sealing victory.
"It was another challenge to finally get the trophy," said Berdych. "The tiebreak was really up and down but I think my experience was decisive."
(Reporting by Julian Linden; Editing by Tony Jimenez)