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Berdych, Gulbis win 1st-round matches in Dubai

Berdych, Gulbis win 1st-round matches in Dubai

Third-seeded Tomas Berdych recovered from a slow start to beat Jeremy Chardy of France 6-2, 6-3 Monday in the first round of the Dubai Championships, and eighth-seeded Ernests Gulbis defeated German qualifier Michael Berrer 6-3, 6-4.
Berdych took advantage of Chardy's 40 unforced errors, recovering from a 2-1 deficit in the first set to take the next five games. In the second set, Berdych won six of the final seven games and 16 of the last 20 points.
"It was really solid," said Berdych, who has been recovering from the flu. "I was not really aiming for some special and extreme shots. Just try to be as consistent and patient and with not too many mistakes."
Earlier, Gulbis managed to hit 10 aces and broke Berrer once in each set.
"It's the first win after a long time for me, because I skipped Rotterdam because I was sick, and in Marseille I didn't feel so well," the Latvian said. "I came here a bit early, on Thursday, and practiced hard and good. So I reach some kind of condition which I'm able to play good tennis."
Richard Gasquet of France also advanced, defeating Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria 6-2, 6-4. Also, Florian Mayer beat Finnish veteran Jarkko Nieminen 6-4, 6-2 and Philipp Petzschner downed Andreas Seppi of Italy 3-6, 7-6 (2), 6-2.
Gasquet benefited from a slew of unforced errors by Dimitrov.
"I know he can miss some easy shots. That's what he did at 4-all in the second set," Gasquet said. "He missed four easy forehands."
Top-seeded Roger Federer and second-seeded Novak Djokovic are scheduled to play Tuesday.


Updated : 2021-10-19 14:06 GMT+08:00