Halle: Second-seeded Tomas Berdych saved three match points before rallying to beat Ruben Bemelmans 5-7, 7-6 (8), 6-4 on Tuesday to reach the second round of the Gerry Weber Open.
The Czech faced the match points in the second-set tiebreaker before finishing off the Belgian in 2 hours, 16 minutes at Wimbledon warm-up.
"I believed until the very last point was played. I was feeling quite good on the court even though the score didn't look like that," said Berdych, who won the tournament in 2007. "I know how tough it is to close the match, and I used my experience over him."