Berdych sails into Dubai quarters

Third-seed to meet Jo-Wilfried Tsonga for a place in the Dubai Championships semis after straight-sets win.

    Tomas Berdych is on an eight-match unbeaten run [AFP]
    Tomas Berdych is on an eight-match unbeaten run [AFP]

    Third-seed Tomas Berdych had an easy time securing a 6-2, 6-1 win over Sergiy Stakhovsky of Ukraine at the Dubai
    Championships.

    Berdych, who will face fifth-seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the quarter-finals, has won his last eight matches.

    Despite Berdych having trouble with his first serve, he controlled the match. He lost his serve once, and won 12 of the last 14 points.

    "I was working a little more on my return stats than on my service stats," Berdych said. "The main focus really for the next days is to get my percentage of the first serve back and really find a nice and sweet rhythm for my serve."

    Tsonga won his second-round match by walkover when his opponent, Nikolay Davydenko, withdrew with a rib injury.

    Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic upset eighth-seeded Dmitry Tursunov of Russia 6-4, 7-6, and seventh-seed Philipp Kohlschreiber was a 6-3, 6-3 winner over Andrea Seppi of Italy.

    Kohlschreiber will play Tunisian wild card Malek Jaziri, who bypassed Somdev Devvarman of India 6-3, 7-5.

    SOURCE: AP


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