3/14/13 1:52 AM | Ricky Dimon
Tomas Berdych rolls over Richard Gasquet on Wednesday in Indian Wells. Next up for Berdych is a quarterfinal encounter with Kevin Anderson.
Tomas Berdych booked a spot in the quarterfinals of the BNP Paribas Open by taking care of Richard Gasquet 6-1, 7-5 on Wednesday afternoon. Berdych fired 10 aces and recovered from a minor hiccup in the second set to prevail after one hour and 40 minutes.
Gasquet was nothing more than hopeless during the first set, in which he served at 40 percent and saved none of the break points he faced. The 10th-ranked Frenchman had one chance on the Berdych delivery, but he could not convert. Berdych served out the opener at 5-1 for an early advantage.
The sixth-seeded Czech led by a break in the second and appeared to be on the way to a remarkably routine win, but he suddenly gave the break back. Still, Berdych managed to save 11 of 12 break points in set two and that thoroughly demoralized his opponent. Gasquet eventually dropped serve at 5-5 and Berdych wrapped up the proceedings one game later.
Berdych served at a horrendous 43 percent so he will be looking to improve that mark against Kevin Anderson in the last eight. The world No. 6, however, returned impressively to the tune of winning 21 of 29 points at the expense of Gasquet's second serve.
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