US Open 2015: Tomas Berdych Survives Guillermo Garcia-Lopez to Reach Fourth Round

Tennis - Berdych in the fourth round at the US Open. The Czech shook back a one-set deficit to take his place in the last 16, where he will play Richard Gasquet

by Ronnie Rear
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US Open 2015: Tomas Berdych Survives Guillermo Garcia-Lopez to Reach Fourth Round

Sixth seed Tomas Berdych overcame a gritty Guillermo Garcia-Lopez by 6-7(2) 7-6(7) 6-3 6-3 in 3 hours and 22 minutes to move into the fourth round at Flushing Meadows. The Czech now plays 12th seed Richard Gasquet, who defeated Bernard Tomic in straight sets earlier in the day's play.

Berdych struggled to keep his shots contained in the opening set and paid the price as the Spaniard took it comfortably in the tie-break, dropping just two points to take the lead in the match in 57 minutes. Earlier in the set, Garcia-Lopez had two break points on Berdych’s serve in the seventh game but couldn’t convert.

Berdych also had an opportunity to break Garcia-Lopez’s serve, but he also missed his chance. Both players had almost similar number of winners – 15 for Berdych and 14 for Garcia-Lopez, but the Spaniard had fewer errors as compared to the Czech, 12 to 21 which paved the outcome of the set.

It was the sixth seed who looked in better shape in the second set. He broke the Spaniard in the fifth game, playing some sharp ground-strokes. His confident run however was snuffed out when he was broken right back by the Spaniard, post which the set continued to remain on serve resulting in the tie-break, despite Berdych receiving chances to break his rival’s serve.

Berdych wasn’t deterred by his lost chances in the set and in the tie-break kept the pressure on Garcia-Lopez. The tie-break proved to be a closely contested affair, with the former semi-finalist eventually prevailing to equalise the match at a set apiece after 64 minutes of play.

Tomas Berdych Guillermo Garcia-Lopez Richard Gasquet
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