Rotterdam, The Netherlands (SportsNetwork.com) – Tomas Berdych has the chance
to repeat as Rotterdam champion.
The third-seeded Czech is back in the final at the ABN AMRO World Tennis
Tournament after a 6-2, 6-1 rout of eighth-seeded Frenchman Gilles Simon
Fourth-seeded Swiss Stan Wawrinka beat second-seeded Canadian Milos Raonic 7-6
(7-3), 7-6 (9-7) in the other semifinal.
Berdych, who defeated reigning U.S. Open champ Marin Cilic in last year’s
final, lost just four points on his serve and won 56 of the 79 total points
played in the 58-minute blitz.
Wawrinka saved two set points against Raonic in the second-set tiebreaker and
converted his second match point.
Berdych is aiming for his 11th ATP title, and Wawrinka his ninth. Wawrinka,
the 2014 Australian Open champion, leads Berdych 10-5 in career head-to-heads.
The 2015 Rotterdam champ will earn $405,000.