Unseeded Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic upset sixth-seeded Croatian Ivan Ljubicic 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 6-4 on Sunday to win the Paris Masters.
updated: February 25, 2007 10:53 IST
Paris:Unseeded Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic faced the sixth seed, Croatia's Ivan Ljubicic, in the final of the Paris Masters on Sunday. Ljubicic, who did not face a break point in his semi-final win over top-seeded Andy Roddick, was broken in the fourth game of the opening set to give Berdych a 3-1 lead. Berdych went on to win the set in 33 minutes with an ace on a second serve. Berdych broke Ljubicic again in the ninth game of the second set and went on to win it 6-4, serving out on his fourth set-point chance. But the young Czech, just 20, was broken immediately in the third set when Ljubicic hit a crosscourt shot low at his opponent's feet to move ahead 2-0. The Croat then served two service games to love for 4-1 and control of the set, going on to take it 6-3. Berdych continued to make unforced errors in the fourth set and a sloppy forehand into the net gave Ljubicic a break. The Croat then held easily to make it 4-2 and he levelled the match by winning the set 6-4. Berdych looked in pain when he called for a trainer during the changeover to massage his thigh, and he played the fifth set with a bandage on his leg. Both players held serve comfortably, until Ljubicic lost his composure serving at 5-4 down. He trailed 40-0, but one forehand winner and two unforced errors from Berdych saw Ljubicic claw back three match points. But the Czech got a fourth bite at the cherry and he collapsed onto the ground with a combination of joy and exhaustion after sealing his 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 6-4 victory. "In the last game when I got to 40-love it was so fast. It was just three quick balls so I didn't have time to think about it but when I was losing each matchpoint it wasn't a nice feeling but hopefully I made the last one and I can have this one," said Paris Masters winner Tomas Berdych. So, quite a week for Berdych, who beat five seeds and two top-10 ranked players- Guillermo Coria and Ljubicic - during the tournament. But there's still a lot for Ljubicic to look forward to - he'll be taking part in the Masters Cup in Shanghai later this month and will lead Croatia's Davis Cup bid in December's final against Slovakia. (AP)