• Berdych dismantles Devvarman in Chennai opener

    1/4/13 2:37 AM | Cheryl Murray
    Berdych dismantles Devvarman in Chennai opener Tomas Berdych was brutally efficient in his second round defeat of popular Indian Somdev Devvarman, while Marin Cilic had another fight on his hands with Sergiy Stakhovsky.

    Tomas Berdych (1) def. Somdev Devvarman 6-3, 6-1

    World No. 6 Tomas Berdych wasted no time on court on Thursday, with the Czech making short work of crowd favorite Somdev Devvarman at the Aircel Chennai Open.

    Berdych breezed through his own service games, winning all but 7 points on his own serve and facing no break points. He pummeled Devvarman on the return as well. The top seed converted four break-point opportunities, three of which came in the second set.

    The easy win sends Berdych into the next round where he will face surprise quarter-finalist Roberto Bautista Agut.

    Marin Cilic (3) def. Sergiy Stakhovsky 4-6, 6-2, 6-3

    This match was the third meeting between Croat Marin Cilic and the Ukraine's Sergiy Stakhovsky and the third time Stakhovsky has managed to take a set from the much higher ranked Cilic.

    Cilic got off to a bit of a slow start, striking just three aces in the first set, which he dropped on a single service break by Stakhovsky, But the Croat righted the ship in the second, turning the tables with a pair of unanswered service breaks of his own.

    The No. 3 seed punctuated his victory with nine aces in the third set. He will take on No. 5 seed Benoit Paire in the quarters.

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