Defending champ Berdych advances to semis
STOCKHOLM (AP) Defending champion Tomas Berdych advanced to the semifinals of the Stockholm Open after a straight-sets victory over Grigor Dimitrov on Friday.
The top-seeded Berdych beat Bulgaria's Dimitrov 7-5, 6-4 in a repeat of last year's final.
After edging the first set, Berdych broke for a 5-4 lead in the second. The Czech saved one break point while serving for the match as he moved one step closer to reclaiming his title.
Second-seeded Richard Gasquet came from one set down to beat Jeremy Chardy 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4).
In an all-French quarterfinal, it was the sixth-seeded Chardy who edged ahead before Gasquet responded in the second. He broke Chardy twice to lead 5-1 in the second and before taking the decider with a trademark single-handed winner.
Gasquet next faces American Jack Sock who beat Frenchman Gilles Simon 6-2, 6-4.