Berdych Reaches Fourth Round
by Matt Fitzgerald|
Seventh seeded Tomas Berdych was challenged by Argentinean Carlos Berlocq in the fourth round of the Sony Ericsson Open, but came through in two intense sets to win 7-6(8), 7-5.
The 2010 Miami finalist saved set points in the first set tie-break but then found himself down a break midway through the second set. Berlocq was unable to build on his lead and was broken back to level the set at 3-3. The Czech eventually served for the match at 5-4, but Berlocq continued to hang around, breaking Berdych to even the score at 5-5. However, he couldn’t follow it up with a hold of serve and Berdych finished off the Argentine with an ace on match point.
The win advances the No.7 seed to the fourth round, where he’ll play Florian Mayer, a 6-1, 3-6, 6-1 victor over 11th seeded Nicolas Almagro. Berdych is undefeated against the German in their three career meetings, two of which were on hard courts. In matches where Mayer has won the first set this season, he’s now holds a 10-1 record, with his lone loss coming to Marin Cilic in Germany’s Davis Cup tie against Croatia earlier this month.
Serbia’s Janko Tipsarevic won a match-up between unseeded players, taking out Phillip Petzschner of Germany 6-3, 6-3. Tipsarevic will look to advance to his second career quarter-final in Miami when he plays the winner of a match featuring No. 25 seed Gilles Simon and Pablo Cuevas, who knocked out defending champion Andy Roddick in the second round.
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