Tomas Berdych cruised into the final of the ATP ABN Amro World Tennis tournament following a dominating performance against Gilles Simon. Berdych, the defending champion, spent just under an hour on court against a at times below par Simon as he took the match 6-2 6-1.
Going into today's semifinal, Simon was high in confidence after his impressive straight sets win over top seed Andy Murray yesterday. Berdych was however too strong for the Frenchman who failed to even get a break point opportunity against the Berdych serve.
The world number three was in full control throughout the match as he hit 64% of his first serves in of which he won 96% of them compared to Simon who struggled to get over 50%. In addition to his strong serving throughout the match, the Czech fired 14 winners, 3 aces and converted 4/5 break points.
Following his win Berdych gave a quick overview of the match. He told the media that he was very happy with how he played and made light humor of his fall in yesterday's match against Gael Monfils. "I felt very good on the court today.
Luckily, there we no accidents", Berdych said, referring to yesterday's stumble."
"My wrist is fine, I've recovered well. I'm very happy that I was able to add something to my game today." Berdych took the win by serving out the match to love to earn his 9th consecutive singles win at the tournament. If Berdych wins in the final tomorrow it will be the first time in his career that he has successfully defended a title on the ATP pro tour. In the final he will either play Stan Wawrinka or Milos Raonic.
Berdych currently has a losing head to head against both players. Against Raonic he trails 1-3 while against Wawrinka, the Czech is 5-10 down against the former Australian Open champion.