Result: Tomas Berdych advances in straight sets

Tomas Berdych
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Tomas Berdych sets up a potential quarter-final meeting with Rafael Nadal after beating Nicolas Almagro in straight sets at the Rome Open.

Tomas Berdych has advanced to the last eight of the Rome Open with a straight-sets win over Nicolas Almagro.

The first set took over an hour and 15 minutes to conclude as both competitors were evenly matched right until a tie-break was reached.

Despite a tight affair, it was Berdych who managed to go the extra mile to snatch the vital set lead in Rome following a tense tie-break.

The first six games of the second set went with serve until seventh seed Berdych showed his class to secure the victory with consecutive breaks.

He asserted his dominance on the match by firstly breaking to love and then again on his next attempt to secure a 7-6[3] 6-3 victory.

The Czech will face either Rafael Nadal or Marcel Granollers in the quarter-finals.

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ATP RankingsPoints
1Scotland flag Andy Murray11,540
2Serbia Novak Djokovic9,735
3Switzerland Stanislas Wawrinka5,195
4Canada Milos Raonic5,080
5Japan Kei Nishikori4,730
6Spain Rafael Nadal4,115
7France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga3,480
8Croatia Marin Cilic3,410
9Austria Dominic Thiem3,375
10Switzerland Roger Federer3,260
11Belgium David Goffin3,245
12France Gael Monfils3,190
13Bulgaria Grigor Dimitrov2,925
14Czech Republic Tomas Berdych2,790
15Lucas Pouille2,261
16Spain Roberto Bautista Agut2,190
17Australia Nick Kyrgios2,075
18United States Jack Sock2,060
19France Richard Gasquet1,920
20Alexander Zverev1,895