OPEN 13 2013
Berdych, Tsonga Cruise Into Marseille Final
by ATP Staff|
Berdych dismissed qualifier Dmitry Tursunov 6-2, 6-1, winning 25 of his 27 first serve points and breaking Tursunov twice in each set to seal the win in just 54 minutes. Berdych improved to 6-1 against the Russian and has won the pair’s past five FedEx ATP Head2Head meetings.
“I wanted to step on the court and be strong, because you never know what could happen with him,” said Berdych. “I was focused from the very first point… Finally, I'm able to play well here. I came here many times but I didn't do well. I still have one more to go, so I want to finish in the best possible way.”
The top-seeded Berdych is seeking to lift his ninth ATP World Tour trophy, having captured two indoor hard titles last year in Montpellier (d. Monfils) and Stockholm (d. Tsonga). Prior to this week, Berdych had a 2-4 record in Marseille through his first four appearances. The Czech has defeated Tsonga in four of their five previous clashes, including all three of their encounters in 2012.
Third-seeded Tsonga rolled over sixth seed Gilles Simon 6-2, 6-2 in 63 minutes. Tsonga broke his countryman four times from 10 opportunities to prevail in a match-up between former event champions. Tsonga triumphed in 2009, while Simon was victorious in 2007.
Tsonga has a 9-7 record in tour-level finals, with four of his titles coming on home soil.