Berdych and del Potro make final
Originally published on: 26/02/10 12:04
Berdych advances to face fifth seed Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina, who posted a 6-3 4-6 7-5 victory against fourth-seeded Richard Gasquet of France.
The world number eight, Roddick claimed his 26th career title at the China Open last week and was looking for his first set of consecutive championships since claiming three straight tournament victories at Montreal, Cincinnati and the US Open in 2003.
Berdych spoiled those hopes by rebounding to take the second set after losing the first on a tie-break. The world number 27, Berdych fell behind 3-0 in the third set but battled back to force a tie-breaker, cruising past Roddick.
Roddick fired 25 aces, but Berdych was nearly equal to the task, registering 17 to take the match in two hours 13 minutes.
Berdych, who has three career titles, will be looking for his first championship since Halle in 2007.
Del Potro has been on fire of late and is eyeing his fifth title of the season. He had never won on the ATP Tour before capturing four consecutive tournaments during the summer, and he followed that with an impressive run at the US Open into the quarter-finals.
The 20-year-old blasted 14 aces and won four of seven break points, downing Gasquet in just over two hours. It was the second win in three matches for del Potro against Gasquet.