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2011 Beijing - Berdych, Cilic make China Open finals

Posted on October 9, 2011 at 10:15 AM

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Order of Play  - Sunday,  October 9, 2011


Starting At: 1:00 pm - ATP - DOUBLES FINAL


Not Before 4:00 PM - ATP - SINGLES FINAL

Tomas BERDYCH (CZE) vs Marin CILIC (CRO)

Not Before 7:30 PM - WTA - SINGLES FINAL

Agnieszka RADWANSKA (POL) vs Andrea PETKOVIC (GER)


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H2H Tomas Berdych vs Marin Cilic



by Greg Sharko | 08.10.2011


One is looking for his first ATP World Tour title in almost two and a half years, one looks for the biggest ATP World Tour title of his career. It’s all on the line Sunday in the China Open final.

No. 3 seed Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic gave himself a big boost by winning his semi-final match against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Saturday, not just reaching his first final since Wimbledon last year but also increasing his chances to qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London next month. He is now hoping to win his first title in 29 months (his last title came at Munich in May 2009).

“This match could really change my season from a good season to a really good season,” the 26-year-old Berdych said. “That’s the one thing I’m looking forward to on Sunday. That’s it.”

Croatia’s Marin Cilic is unseeded this week and hasn’t faced a seeded player yet, but does have good memories from this tournament - this is his second final here, having gone this far in 2009 as well (losing to Novak Djokovic). After beating countryman Ivan Ljubicic for the first time in three meetings in the semi-finals, he hopes to be in top form as he faces No. 3 seed Berdych.

“To be in the Beijing final a second time is a great feeling after this summer,” the 23-year-old Cilic said after his semi-final. “I played some great tournaments and was in pretty good form. It is very pleasing to know when I play well I can beat those guys, and that my tennis is on a good level.”

Berdych leads Cilic in their head-to-head series, 2-1. Berdych won their first two meetings in very close encounters, a five-setter in Davis Cup in 2009 and a three-setter at the ATP Masters 1000 event in Shanghai in 2010. Cilic got revenge with a 63 64 win in Marseille in February this season.

The two finalists have comparable ATP World Tour finals records, Berdych going 5-6 (this is his first final of 2011) and Cilic going 5-5 (this is third final of 2011). Cilic is aiming for the biggest title of his young career at this ATP World Tour 500 tournament. Cilic has lost his last six matches against Top 10 players, and 12 of his last 13 (his only Top 10 win since the ‘10 Australian Open came vs. Berdych in Marseille in February).

BATTLE FOR LONDON -- There are four positions remaining for the season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London and Berdych will move to No. 7 if he wins the title. Here are the updated 2011 ranking points leaders going into the final: (Bold indicates qualified)

2011 Points

1 Novak Djokovic 12,250

2 Rafael Nadal 9,410 (+200 with Tokyo title)

3 Andy Murray 6,000 (+200 with Tokyo title)

4 Roger Federer 5,185

5 David Ferrer 3,700 (in SF)

6 Mardy Fish 2,865 (in SF)

7 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 2,780 (Beijing SF)

8 Tomas Berdych 2,650 (+200 with title)

9 Nicolas Almagro 2,280

10 Robin Soderling 2,080

11 Gilles Simon 2,065

12 Juan Martin del Potro 2,050

13 Janko Tipsarevic 2,030

14 Gael Monfils 1,765

15 Richard Gasquet 1,675

16 Alexandr Dolgopolov 1,655


(3) Tomas Berdych (CZE) vs Marin Cilic (CRO) Berdych Leads 2-1

2009 CRO vs. CZE WG SF (Croatia) Clay RR Tomas Berdych 6-3 6-3 3-6 4-6 6-3

2009 ATP Masters 1000 Shanghai (China) Hard R64 Tomas Berdych 7-6[8] 3-6 6-4

2011 Marseille (France) Hard QF Marin Cilic 6-3 6-4

Berdych FastFacts:

2011 Highlights:

SF: Chennai (l Wawrinka); Dubai (l Djokovic); Nice (l Almagro); Halle (l Petzschner); Bastad (l Soderling); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Cincinnati (l Djokovic); QF: Australian Open (l Djokovic); Rotterdam (W/O vs Tsonga); Marseille (l Cilic); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami (l Nadal); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid (l Bellucci); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Rome (l Gasquet); ATP Masters 1000 Montreal (l Tipsarevic)

YTD W-L: 46-18 (30-10 on hard)

YTD Titles: 0

Career Titles: 5

Date of Birth: September 17, 1985

South African Airways 2011 ATP Ranking: 10

• Berdych, 26, the top player from the Czech Republic, is making his first final showing of the season and first since Wimbledon last year (l. to Nadal)…His last title came in Munich in May 2009…Has a 5-6 career mark in finals…He and No. 9 Gael Monfils are the only players in Top 10 yet to win an ATP World Tour title this year

• He is playing in Beijing for the second year in a row and has dropped one set thus far in wins over Jurgen Melzer 75 75, Philipp Kohlschreiber 62 60, Fernando Verdasco 61 60 and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 64 46 61…Lost in 1st Rd. last year… Leads in return games won (17 of 38, 45%) and No. 2 in service games won ( 37 of 40, 93%) and second serve points won (63%)

• Has a 46-18 match record (30-10 on hard) this season…Of his six previous semi-finals, three have come on hard courts – Chennai in January, Dubai in late February and ATP Masters 1000 Cincinnati in August

• He opened the year with a semi-final in Chennai (l. to Wawrinka) and followed with quarter-final efforts at the Australian Open (l. to Djokovic), Rotterdam (W/O vs. Tsonga) and Marseille in February (l. to Cilic)…Also a semi-finalist in Dubai (l. to Djokovic)

• At Roland Garros lost in 1st Rd. to Stephane Robert (9-7 in fifth set), his only early exit in 19 events this year…Also 4th Rd. at Wimbledon (l. to Fish) and 3rd Rd. at US Open (ret. vs. Tipsarevic)

Cilic FastFacts:

2011 Highlights:

F: Marseille (l Soderling); Umag (l Dolgopolov); QF: Zagreb (l Mayer); Rotterdam (l Troicki); Munich (l Davydenko); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Rome (l Nadal); London / Queen's Club (W/O vs Murray); Hamburg (l Youzhny)

YTD W-L: 38-18 (23-10 on hard)

YTD Titles: 0/Career Titles: 5

Date of Birth: September 28, 1988

South African Airways 2011 ATP Ranking: 25

• Cilic, 23, is making his third ATP World Tour final showing of the season and 11th career final (5-5)… His last title came in Zagreb in February 2010…He’s won at least one title from 2008-10

• He has reached two ATP World Tour finals this season, in Marseille (l. to Soderling) in February and Umag (l. to Dolgopolov) in July in addition to six more quarter-finals (Zagreb, Rotterdam, Munich, Rome, Queen’s Club, Hamburg)

• He has an 11-3 career mark in Beijing and two years ago he reached the final (l. to Djokovic)…This is his fourth appearance at the China Open and in his first two appearances, made QFs in 2007 (d. No. 4 Davydenko en route; l. to Kiefer) and reaching final in 2009 (d. No. 8 Davydenko and No. 2 Nadal en route; l. to Djokovic); fell 2nd Rd. in 2010 (l. to Davydenko); In first round d. WC Wu

• Has held serve 38 of 45 games this week (84%) and No. 2 in return games won (20 of 46, 43%)

• The top Croat at No. 25 (one spot ahead of Ivan Ljubicic) enters with a 38-18 match record on the season (23-10 on hard courts)…He is 11-27 lifetime vs. Top 10 opponents and he’s trying to break a six-match losing streak since defeating No. 7 Berdych in Marseille QFs in February…He is 0-2 in finals vs. Top 10 foes (l. to No. 4 Djokovic, ’09 Beijing; l. to No. 4 Soderling, ’11 Marseille)

• He reached a career-high No. 9 (set February 22, 2010); has spent 11 career weeks in Top 10, all coming consecutively between February 1 and April 18, 2010 (peaked at No. 9 for eight weeks)




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Berdych rallies past Cilic to win China Open title



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Tomas Berdych fought back to defeat Marin Cilic 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 and win the men's China Open title on Sunday




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Tomas Berdych celebrates his rallied 2-1 win over Marin Cilic of Croatia at China Open on Sunday, October 9, 2011

Czech third seed Tomas Berdych rallied to beat Marin Cilic of Croatia 2-1 to claim the ATP singles title at the 2011 China Open on Sunday. Although conceding the opening set 3-6 to the big serving Crot, the 10th ranked Berdych fought back 6-4, 6-1 to seal the two-hour match. It was the first singles trophy won by the 26-year-old Czech since May, 2009.



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