MUTUA MADRID OPEN 2013
Berdych Claims 400th Win; Ferrer To Face Haas
by ATP Staff|
Hot on the heels of Andy Murray, Tomas Berdych became the second player this week to reach the 400 wins milestone, beating Jerzy Janowicz 6-7(3), 6-3, 6-2 on Wednesday to reach the third round of the Mutua Madrid Open.
Playing the No. 24-ranked Janowicz for the second time this year, both players struck 10 aces, but Berdych was able to save eight of the nine break points he faced to prevail in two hours and 15 minutes. The fifth-seeded Czech is bidding to reach his seventh tour-level quarter-final of the season.
The 27-year-old Berdych reached the final in Madrid last year, finishing runner-up to Roger Federer. He is bidding to win his second ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament this week and will face Kevin Anderson for a place in the quarter-finals.
The South African topped Juan Monaco 7-6(5), 3-6, 6-4, overcoming a break deficit in the third set to prevail in two hours and 24 minutes. Anderson reached his first clay-court final last month in Casablanca (l. to Robredo) in what has been a career-best season. He was also runner-up in Sydney at the start of the season (l. to Tomic) and knocked out World No. 4 David Ferrer en route to the Indian Wells quarter-finals (l. to Berdych).
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The fourth-seeded Ferrer eased past Denis Istomin 7-5, 6-2 to win his opener. Ferrer won 88 per cent of his first serve points to advance in 78 minutes. Ferrer is aiming to move through the quarter-finals for the fourth straight year at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event and will look to do so when he faces red hot Tommy Haas.
The 35-year-old German extended his winning run, beating Spanish wild card Tommy Robredo 6-3, 7-5 in one hour and 41 minutes. Haas came into Madrid on the back of victory at the BMW Open in Munich (d. Kohlschreiber) and has a 20-7 match record on the season. He has never reached the last eight at the tournament.
Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka, who won the Portugal Open title Sunday with victory over David Ferrer, also advanced Wednesday as he defeated Colombian qualifier Santiago Giraldo 6-3, 6-3. Wawrinka will next confront 21-year-old Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov, who upset World No. 1 Novak Djokovic on Tuesday night. Wawrinka claimed a straight-sets win in their only previous meeting at the 2011 Australian Open.
Japanese No. 14 seed Kei Nishikori earned a third-round clash with defending champion Federer after beating Viktor Troicki 7-5, 6-2 in one hour and 31 minutes. Nishikori lost his only previous meeting with Federer in the 2011 Basel final.
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