Czech Republic's Tomas Berdych plays a return to Croatia's Marin Cilic, during their singles ATP World Tour tennis finals match at the O2 arena in London, Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
Alastair Grant
November 12, 2014

LONDON (AP) Tomas Berdych recovered from his poor start at the ATP Finals and stayed in contention for a spot in the semifinals by beating Marin Cilic 6-3, 6-1 Wednesday.

Following a straight-set loss to Stan Wawrinka, the Czech looked better against Cilic, hitting with accuracy and serving well on big points.

Berdych broke twice in the first set as the U.S. Open champion - who is now 0-2 in Group A - struggled with his first serve.

The hard-hitting Croatian produced some good shots but was inconsistent, failing to convert any of his six break points.

In the second set, Cilic held to level at 1-1 before Berdych won five consecutive games.

Later Wednesday, Wawrinka will play Novak Djokovic.

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