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Berdych, Radwanska into China Open finals


13:40, October 09, 2011

Tomas Berdych of Czech Republic returns the ball during the semifinal of men's singles against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France at China Open Tennis Tournament in Beijing, China, Oct. 8, 2011. Berdych won 2-1(6-4, 4-6, 6-1).

BEIJING, Oct. 8 (Xinhua) -- Czech third seed Tomas Berdych muscled out top seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France here on Saturday to reach the final of the 2.1-million-U.S.-dollar China Open ATP tournament, while Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska saw off Italian Flavia Pennetta 6-2, 6-4 to enter the women's singles final.

It was the first meet between the two top ten ranked athletes and both sides served strongly through out the match, with the tenth ranked Berdych served in eight aces while world No. 7 Tsonga gave ten.

Both sides seemed nail-biting in front of the opponent's powerfully serves and the match remained close as each side claimed a set 6-4 to come to the decider.

The 26-year-old Berdych fought more bravely and maintain the rhythm of the deciding set. The Czech gained an early break in the fourth game to lead 3-1 and then continued to extend the margin to 5-1 by making the sixth game a love one. In the seventh game, the in-form Czech sent in his eights ace ball to claim the two-hour-and-six-minute victory.

Berdych will face Marin Cilic of Croatia in Sunday's final. The 1.98-meter Crot, who was also known as a big server, beat his countryman Ivan Ljubicic 6-4, 6-3 in the other semifinal.

It is the first time for the 26-year-old Berdych to reach a final clash in this season and the Czech was expecting a tough match.

"So tomorrow, playing against Marin Cilic, it's another tough opponent. We played couple matches against each other. I remember few years ago in Shanghai very close one. And then from semifinal of Davis Cup, again five sets both for my side. So I'm expecting really tough one tomorrow," Berdych said.

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