Tennis – ATP Montpellier: Tomas Berdych Into The Semis

Tomas Berdych

Previous champion Tomas Berdych spared two match points in a 7-6 (3), 6-7 (5), 7-5 win against Filip Krajinovic and achieved the Open Sud de France semifinals in the most difficult way possible.

The two players fought admirably to make it a match to remember. This was the first time that Tomas and Filip went head-to-head on an ATP Tour.

When Berdych went a break up in the second set, it looked as though hwas cruising through in straight sets. Yet, Krajinovic, a Paris Masters finalist in 2017 after an amazing run from the passing rounds, broke back, took the sudden tiebreaker and afterward drove 5-4 and 40-15 in the third.

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At that point, Berdych, who is unseeded at the competition, turned the challenge around.

Meanwhile, seventh-seeded Pierre-Hugues Herbert of France who defeated third-seeded Denis Shapovalov of Canada 7-5, 7-6 (4) will now face the 33-year-old Czech in the next round.

Previously, in the quarterfinals of the Doha Open, Herbert had been beaten by Berdych, prior this year.

Later Friday, Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus plays Radu Albot of Macedonia while Jo-Wilfried Tsonga faces 6th seeded Jeremy Chardy in an all-French quarterfinal.

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