China Open 2011; Berdych Ending a 29-Month Title Drought

Berdych China Open 2011

Berdych battled back to defeat Marin Cilic 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 in the men’s singles final of the China Open tennis tournament at the National Stadium in Beijing, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011.

The victory lifts Berdych past Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to No. 7 in the world standings and gives the Czech valuable points toward the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals.

It was the third-seeded Berdych’s first finals appearance of the season after losing in six semifinals, and his first title since Munich in 2009.

Tomas Berdych

“To win this title means really a lot to me because it’s after 29 months,” said Berdych. “It was quite a long time, so I’m happy that I could break this up. I think I couldn’t have a better place to win a title than here in Beijing.

“I did a great move to have a good chance to qualify for London. Still, these two weeks in Shanghai and Paris I really need to do well. I want to do well. It just gives me a lot of confidence for the rest of the season and for the rest of the tournaments. So I’m really looking forward to that. I hope I can keep my level of game what I did and hopefully to win even more matches.”

Cilic served out the first set emphatically with an ace, but Berdych raced to a 3-0 lead in the second. While Cilic rallied to keep it close, Berdych broke him at 5-4 to win the set and turned the match for good in the third game of the third set.

“I’m feeling a little bit disappointed by the loss today,” said Cilic. “I would say that I was playing really great tennis from the beginning of the match. That first set went really well on my side. I had two advantages at 4-4 [in the second set]; got maybe a little bit tense and he served two big first serves. From then on, I think he started to play a little bit better and wasn’t giving me as much and I wasn’t finding right solutions for the game after that.

“I felt psychologically in these critical moments, especially at the end of the second set and the beginning of the third, I missed a few chances here and there. So I would say that was the reason.”

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