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Berdych Set For Top 5 Return After Dolgopolov Win

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Berdych© Getty ImagesTomas Berdych is through to the Miami semi-finals for the third time.

Tomas Berdych is set to return to the Top 5 in the Emirates ATP Rankings on Monday after recording a milestone win to reach the Sony Open Tennis semi-finals. The Czech edged Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-4, 7-6(3) on Thursday in Miami to notch his 450th tour-level win. He is the ninth active player to reach the landmark.

"It is a big value, of course," Berdych said of his ranking. "That's the thing why you play tennis. It's also one of the goals that we have in tennis... It's even more important when you are more stable, more consistent and you are able to keep it up for a longer time. The best way to end up like that is in the end of the year."

The 28-year-old Berdych is through to the semi-finals at Crandon Park for the third time and will look to advance to the final for a second time when he takes on either World No. 1 Rafael Nadal or Milos Raonic. Berdych finished runner-up at this ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament in 2010 (l. to Roddick).

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Berdych brought to an end another strong tournament for World No. 23 Dolgopolov, who has put together the best four-tournament run of his career to more than halve his ranking since the start of the season. It was Berdych’s fourth win in four meetings with the Ukrainian.

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Breaks were exchanged at the start of the match before rain briefly interrupted play at 4-4 in the first set. At the resumption, Berdych reeled off two straight games to clinch the opener. Dolgopolov struck back in the second set, securing a 3-2 advantage courtesy of a Berdych double fault. The Ukrainian had his chance to force a decider, but dropped serve in the 10th game as Berdych fought back. The Czech dominated the ensuing tie-break to claim victory in one hour and 45 minutes.

"It was a very tricky opponent," said Berdych. "Even the conditions were not the perfect way that I really like. It was quite windy, so it was...a little bit more difficult. But I handled it quite well."

Australian Open semi-finalist Berdych is bidding to win his second ATP World Tour title of the season, following victory last month in Rotterdam (d. Cilic). He also reached the final in Dubai, losing out to Roger Federer.

Dolgopolov is coming off a semi-final run at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, where he had ousted Nadal in the third round. He reached the sixth final of his career last month in Rio de Janeiro, where he was bested by Nadal.

"I think I have done quite well, even in this match," said Dolgopolov. "I'm obviously not happy to lose. I had set point in the second set on my serve, so I had chances to go three sets. And in the first set I was a break up. I'm happy to finish the series that I have done for seven weeks."

Bryans To Face Colombians In Final
Bryans Top seeds Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan will face Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah in the Sony Open Tennis final as they bid to lift the Miami trophy for the third time.

The Americans finished strongly to defeat French duo Michael Llodra and Nicolas Mahut 7-6(2), 6-2 in 65 minutes. The Bryans, who triumphed at Crandon Park in 2007-08, are chasing their third title in a row, following victories at Delray Beach (d. Cermak/Elgin) and Indian Wells (d. Peya/Soares).

Cabal and Farah prevented an all-American final as they edged Ryan Harrison and Jack Sock 2-6, 6-4, 11-9 in 76 minutes. The Colombians are through to their fifth ATP World Tour final of the season and are looking to win their second title following victory in Rio de Janeiro (d. Marrero/Melo).

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