11/1/12 3:38 PM | Ricky Dimon
Tomas Berdych battles past Kevin Anderson in three sets on Thursday in Paris. Berdych will go up against Gilles Simon for a place in the semifinals.
Tomas Berdych maintained his hot streak on Thursday, but not without a struggle. Berdych overcame Kevin Anderson 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 after two hours and 12 minutes of play during third-round action at the BNP Paribas Masters.
Anderson, coming off an upset win over Richard Gasquet, kept up his fine form in the first set and completely dominated his opponent. The 6'7'' South African could no wrong, while Berdych at the same time could hardly find the court with his shots.
Berdych woke up in the second and found his range. The sixth-ranked Czech fired three aces without double-faulting, saved the only break point he faced, and finally broke Anderson's serve at 4-3. Berdych closed it out on his racket at 5-3 to force a third set.
Anderson stayed strong until 3-3 in the third. His level had been slowly eroding and it ultimately cost the world No. 39 with a service donation in the seventh game. That was all Berdych would need, as the fifth seed took care of his next two service games for victory.
Berdych wrapped up his effort with six aces and three doubles. He withstood 15 Anderson aces to set up a quarterfinal clash against Gilles Simon.
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