|Posted on July 28, 2016 at 3:10 PM|
Tomas Berdych shakes hands with Ryan Harrison of the United States after their third round match at the Rogers Cup tennis tournament Thursday, July 28, 2016, in Toronto, Canada. Berdych won 6-4, 6-7(2), 6-4.
Berdych Hopes Fourth Time's A Charm
Fifth-seeded Berdych, who earlier outlasted American qualifier Ryan Harrison 6-4, 6-7(2), 6-4.
It marks Berdych's fourth trip to the Rogers Cup quarter-finals, though he has yet to reach the semi-finals. The closest he came was a third-set tie-break defeat to Roger Federer in the 2010 quarter-finals. He also reached the last eight in 2006 and 2011.
The Czech gave himself another chance to break through with the win over Harrison, a player who produced some of his best tennis in years this week to reach the third round, including a three-set win over ninth seed John Isner in the second round.
Berdych broke the 24 year old at 5-4 in the first set and had a match point on Harrison's serve at 6-5 in the second set. But the World No. 144 erased it and dominated the tie-break to force a third set. At 1-all, Berdych broke Harrison and later erased the lone break point he'd face to move into the last eight.
The 30 year old won 88 per cent of his first-serve points (51/55) and recorded 19 aces.