Former finalist Tomas Berdych set to play Lyon, joining Tsonga and Isner


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Former finalist Tomas Berdych set to play Lyon, joining Tsonga and Isner

The 33-year-old Tomas Berdych has made a positive return after the worst season in a career, winning 12 matches and reaching the final in Doha, the fourth round at the Australian Open and the semi-final in Montpellier. Recognized as one of the most consistent players on the Tour in the last 15 years, Tomas has won more than 600 ATP matches and played over 200 Grand Slam encounters, conquering 13 ATP titles from 32 finals.

The Czech was inside the top-10 between July 2010 - October 2016 although he started to lose ground in the last couple of seasons, reaching just three ATP finals after 2015. Ranked inside the top-25 for more than nine years, Tomas had to leave that group winning only 11 matches on the Tour in 2018, struggling with a back injury and being forced to skip the second part of 2018 after Wimbledon.

Being the semi-finalist in 2017, he lost a lot of points and dropped out from the top-50 for the first time since October 2005 and 663 consecutive weeks in that group! Working had on his comeback, Berdych played on a high level in the opening two months of the new season and will try to maintain that at Indian Wells and Miami and improve his ranking even more after missing six months of action.

Also, the Czech has been confirmed for the third edition of the Open Parc Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Lyon between May 19-25, joining Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Roberto Bautista Agut and John Isner in the last test before Roland Garros.

Tomas played the inaugural edition of Lyon in 2017, defeating Hyeon Chung, Gilles Simon and Milos Raonic in straight sets before losing to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-6, 7-5 in the match with only one break of serve.