China Open 2011; Tsonga failed to finals, Tomas Berdych to face Marin Cilic in the final

Marin Cilic and Berdych

Top Seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga failed to advance to the finals after losing to third seed Tomas Berdych in the semi-finals of China Open 2011 which was held on Saturday October 8, 2011. Having played for 2 hours 6 minutes in three sets, Tsonga finally gave up with the score 6-4, 4-6 and 1-6 to third-seeded of Czech Republic.

“The most difficult part, I would say that was the end of second set. I think I was in pretty good chance,” said Berdych.
“I would say my concentration [was] not that sharp for the rest of the game. Then I lost the game, lost the set. That was quite a tough moment for me… but the other hand, I started really well in the third set and then break him twice and won 6 1, which I’m really happy for it.”

World No. 25 Cilic won an all-Croatian semi-final battle with his doubles partner Ivan Ljubicic, 6-4, 6-3, to reach his 11th ATP World Tour final and third of the season.

Cilic is through to the final of this ATP World Tour 500 hard-court tournament for the second time; he finished runner-up to Novak Djokovic in the 2009 title match.

“To be a second time in the Beijing final is great feeling coming after this summer,” said Cilic. “I played some great tournaments, and I mentioned that I was in pretty good form. That pleases me a lot, that I know when I play well that I can beat those guys and that my tennis is on a good level.”

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