October 23, 2015 / 9:35 PM / 2 years ago

No doubting Tomas as champion Berdych wins in Stockholm

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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.Henrik Montgomery/TT

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

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