Tennis: Berdych beats Verdasco to advance in Paris

AP, Tuesday 8 Nov 2011

Czech Tomas Berdych on track to reach finals


Tomas Berdych is just one win away from securing his spot for the ATP World Tour Finals after beating Fernando Verdasco of Spain 6-3, 7-5 Tuesday in the second round of the Paris Masters.

The 2005 Paris champion won five straight games in the first set to rally from a 3-1 deficit, hitting 12 winners to only three for Verdasco.

Berdych then broke the Spaniard twice for a 5-2 lead in the second set but wasted several match points to let Verdasco level at 5-5.

But the fifth-seeded Czech broke Verdasco again with a forehand pass before clinching victory with a crosscourt backhand winner.

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