Berdych, Simon set up Thailand Open semifinal
BANGKOK (AP) — Top-seeded Tomas Berdych and the in-form Gilles Simon of France will confront each other for the eighth time after both won their Thailand Open quarterfinals on Friday.
Fresh from helping the Czech Republic beat Argentina in the Davis Cup semifinals, Berdych beat Yen-hsun Lu of Taiwan 7-6 (7), 6-4 to maintain his record of never losing before the semifinals in Thailand. However, he also hasn’t passed the semis in his two previous appearances.
“Sometimes, I was feeling like he was a Playstation,” Berdych said of Lu. “He was there he was so fast. He hit so many winners.”
Simon has a 5-2 record against Berydch, and said, “I just hope that I will beat him one more time.”
Simon said he was off to receive treatment on his back after he needed court-side help from a trainer on his back after the first game of the third set against Igor Sisjling of the Netherlands.
After prevailing 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, the third-seeded Simon said it was a close shave.
“I felt like I could have lost the two sets I won and I could have won the one I lost,” he said. “It was a good win.”
Asked about the back injury, he said: “I have red lights everywhere. I felt the pain very quickly in the second game of the match. Then it was worse. I thought it would be hard to finish the match at this point but finally I was getting better. My back is not in great shape now but I hope I will be fine tomorrow.”