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Berdych Reaches Rotterdam Final, Aims To Break Title Drought

Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Berdych© Henk KosterTomas Berdych is looking to win his first ATP World Tour title since October 2012.

Tomas Berdych is one match win away from lifting his first ATP World Tour title since October 2012. The third seed defeated Ernests Gulbis 6-3, 6-2 in 76 minutes on Saturday at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam.

“I was very pleased with the way I played and handled the game,” said Berdych. “At 2-1 [in the second set], I was 40/0 up, but Ernests went full power and played some really great tennis. He got a break point, but I managed to save it with an ace. It was a special game.”

Berdych hit seven aces and lost just five of his first service points to improve to 4-2 in his FedEx ATP Head2Head series against Juan Martin del Potro's quarter-final conqueror, Gulbis. Berdych, who is currently No. 7 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, has an 8-11 record in title matches. He lifted his last trophy at the 2012 If Stockholm Open (d. Tsonga).

Marin Cilic will attempt to lift his 11th ATP World Tour title and second trophy in as many weeks on Sunday. He trails Berdych 2-4 in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series.

World No. 37 Cilic, who captured his fourth PBZ Zagreb Indoors title last week, defeated local wild card Igor Sijsling 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 in the semi-finals to extend his winning streak to nine matches.

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