No doubting Tomas as champion Berdych wins in Stockholm

Fri Oct 23, 2015 5:25pm EDT
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By Philip O'Connor

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Top seed and defending champion Tomas Berdych beat Grigor Dimitrov to book a place in the Stockholm Open semi-finals, his powerful serve helping to secure a 7-5 6-4 victory over the Bulgarian.

The Czech next meets 2009 winner Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus who defeated Gilles Muller 7-6 (5) 4-6 6-3 in an error-strewn clash during which the eighth seed from Luxembourg smashed his racket in frustration.

In a repeat of last year's final, Berdych gained the upper hand against Dimitrov when he broke serve in the 11th game of the first set.

World number five Berdych survived a late scare in the final game of the match, saving a break point before a couple of booming serves put the contest out of reach.

Earlier, 23-year-old American Jack Sock upset third-seeded Frenchman Gilles Simon 7-5 7-6 (5).

His semi-final opponent on Saturday is another Frenchman, second seed Richard Gasquet, who overcame compatriot Jeremy Chardy 2-6 6-3 7-6 (4).

(Editing by Tony Jimenez)

Tomas Berdych of Czech Republic celebrates winning against Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria in the quarterfinal of the Stockholm Open tennis tournament in Stockholm, Sweden, October 23, 2015.  REUTERS/Henrik Montgomery/TT