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[WC] Tomas Berdych -71- (CZE) def Philipp Kohlschreiber -34- (GER)
This was the 11th meeting between these two veterans. Tomas Berdych is now 9 of 11 against the German. Before tonight, they last met in the 2016 Davis Cup World Group 1st-Round, where Berdych retired with a hamstring injury down 2-sets to love.
Up next for Berdych:  Fernando Verdasco -28- (ESP).
The Round of 16 clash between Verdasco and Berdych will be their 15th career-meeting. Fernando has only won four of their previous matches, including their first career meeting 14-years-ago in Sydney. Truth be told, the durable Spaniard hasn’t beaten Berdych since 2010. They last played in the Quarterfinals of the 2012 Madrid Masters. Berdych allowed Verdasco only three games en-route to the victory 61 62.
Round-1 Biography | [WC] Tomas Berdych -71- (CZE)
We are excited to see him back on Tour for the first time in 6-months. A Finalist here in Doha in 2015, he reached the Semifinals in 2016 and 17, and captured the Doubles title in his 2014 Doha debut. Now 33-years-old, this 2010 Wimbledon Finalist is one of only five active players who’ve reached the Semifinals of all four Majors; and he’s one of only 3 players who’ve earned Grand Slam victories over Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer AND Andy Murray. A 2-time Davis Cup Champion, he owns 13 ATP Singles titles, has reached 31 career Finals; and between 2010 and 2015, qualified for the year-end ATP Finals 6-years in-a-row. He’s earned four career victories over World #1’s, including his first over Roger Federer at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. Competing in his 6th Qatar ExxonMobil Open, from the Czech Republic, please welcome 2015 Finalist and 2014 Doubles Champion, Tomas Berdych.
Round-1 Biography | Philipp Kohlschreiber -34- (GER)
He is a 2-time Qatar ExxonMobil Open Doubles Champion, and at 35-years-old has amassed 8 ATP Singles titles, 7 Doubles titles, and has reached the Round of 16 at all four Majors, including a run to the Wimbledon Quarterfinals in 2012. Ranked as high as #16 in the World, last year he earned his 23rd and 24th career victories over top-10 opponents. At Indian Wells, he upset World #3 Marin Cilic en-route to the Quarterfinals; and at the US Open, he took-out World #4 Alexander Zverev to reach the Final-16. He also got married last year, and reached his 18th ATP Tour Final in Munich. Competing in his 10th Qatar ExxonMobil Open, he’s a 2-time Singles Quarterfinalist here in Doha, and captured the Doubles title in both 2008 and 2013. From Germany, please welcome Philipp Kohlschreiber.