Tomas Berdych is hoping it will be third time lucky after he has twice reached the final but then fallen short of hoisting the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships trophy.
The Czech made a modest start to his Dubai career, but he has just got better and better since his second round exit to Tommy Robredo in 2005 and his low point in losing to 75th-ranked Robin Vik a year later. He still failed to get beyond the second round in the next two years, but his defeats were against sterner opposition as both Mikhail Youzhny and Feliciano Lopez went on to reach the final.
Despite falling short in Dubai, Berdych enjoyed arguably the best season of his career, not only winning titles in Rotterdam and Stockholm but reaching further finals in Oeiras and Beijing and qualifying for the ATP World Tour Finals in London. And he has continued to excel this season, first reaching the final in Doha and then claiming a stunning victory over Rafael Nadal to reach the semi-finals of the Australian Open for a second straight year.
“Tomas Berdych has provided us with great entertainment and excitement as he has come so close to winning the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships on several occasions.
Last season was the first in which he reached as many as five finals, and he is playing better now than he has ever done. It would surprise none of us if he now went on to add his name to the list of distinguished Dubai champions. It would be richly deserved.”
Colm McLoughlin, Executive Vice Chairman of Dubai Duty Free
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