Match report

Fernando Verdasco ©
2nd round
10/5/11 1 2 3 Tot
es  Fernando Verdasco 2 6 6 2
it  Flavio Cipolla 6 1 2 1
Flavio Cipolla ©
Tomas Berdych ©
2nd round
10/5/11 1 2 Tot
cz  Tomas Berdych 6 6 2
de  Philipp Kohlschreiber 2 0 0
Philipp Kohlschreiber ©
  • Beijing - Berdych cruises into quarterfinal

    10/5/11 8:19 PM | Kelli DeMario
    Third seed Tomas Berdych made quick work of qualifier Philipp Kohlschreiber to reach the final eight at the China Open. The Czech is joined in the quarterfinal by Fernando Verdasco, who rallied to beat qualifier Flavio Cipolla.

    (3) Tomas Berdych def. (Q) Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-2, 6-0

    World No. 10 Tomas Berdych advanced to his 14th quarterfinal of the season, having cruised to a straight-set victory over Philipp Kohlschreiber. The 26-year-old collected four aces and six service breaks, through to a 6-2, 6-0 win in just 63 minutes. Berdych completed the effort with only 11 points surrendered on serve.

    He will face Fernando Verdasco for a spot in the semifinals.

    Fernando Verdasco def. (Q) Flavio Cipolla 2-6, 6-1, 6-2

    Fernando Verdasco survived a difficult round of 16, where he rallied to oust qualifier Flavio Cipolla in three sets. After dropping the opening set, the Spaniard broke twice in both the second and third sets. Verdasco converted five of eight break points total en route to a 2-6, 6-1, 6-2 victory in one hour and 44 minutes.

    "It was a very difficult match," said Verdasco. "He was a player I had never played before. It is always tricky at the start, when you are trying to figure out his strengths and weaknesses. I didn't start playing well and made too many unforced errors. In the second set, I played with more spin and didn't take as many risks. I came back and in the second and third sets, I played very well.

    "Last year, I lost in three first rounds during the Asian swing, but my form is like in 2009. I am trying to win all the points I can and I will give my best for sure. I want to be back in the Top 20 then push towards the Top 10."

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