Berdych beats Baghdatis in final at Gerry Weber Open

Jun 17, 2007 - 4:40 PM HALLE, Germany (Ticker) -- Tomas Berdych crashed the party.

The fourth-seeded Czech won the Gerry Weber Open on Sunday with a 7-5, 6-4 triumph over eighth-seeded Marcos Baghdatis, who had nothing to celebrate on his 22nd birthday.

It was the third career title for Berdych, whose previous championship came at the ATP Masters Series in Paris back in 2005. He also won at Palermo in 2004.

For his win, Berdych collected the $128,000 first prize at this grasscourt event.

Berdych's first career title on grass had to be a little extra special since he lost in the final here last year to world No. 1 Roger Federer.

"It's fantastic. It's the second year in the final so to finish the champion this time is great," Berdych said.

Berdych, 21, will look to use his latest title as a springboard to Wimbledon, the year's third major which starts on June 25.

A surprise semifinalist at Wimbledon last year, Baghdatis failed in his bid to win his second title of the year. The Cypriot, who won at Zagreb, also lost in the final at Marseille.

Despite the loss, Baghdatis did have something to smile about. Fans sang "Happy Birthday" to him and he was given a birthday cake by tournament organizers. He also said the loss did not sour his special day.

"No, my birthday is my birthday. My mother will still call me," he said. "I am a bit sorry to spoil his birthday party," Berdych said. "We are good friends but on the court we are just fighting for the win."

Berdych won 35 of 37 first-serve points, including his first 14 first-serve points. Yet in the 10th game of the first set he had to stave off two set points on his own serve to level the match at 5-5.

Berdych knew what the turning point of the match was.

"The end of the first set when I was two set points down and then I had one small chance to break him. That was the key to the match," he said.

Berdych, who saved all three break points against him, did not drop a set in the tournament.

"On grass it's important to serve well on important points," Baghdatis said. "That's what makes the difference. Today I did not do that and Tomas did. So, he was much better than me today."

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