Result: Tomas Berdych battles past Denis Kudla

Tomas Berdych of Czech Republic celebrates match point against Andy Murray of Great Britain during the Western & Southern Open on August 16, 2013
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Tomas Berdych needs two tie-breaks to overcome Denis Kudla but eventually books his place in the third round of the US Open with a straight-sets victory over the American.

Tomas Berdych has progressed to the third round of the US Open with a hard-fought victory over Denis Kudla this evening.

Berdych was forced into tie-breaks in both of the first two sets before winning the third with comparative ease to secure a straight-sets victory.

The number five seed looked ready to cruise to an early lead when he broke Kudla twice in succession to take a 5-1 lead in the first set.

However, the American fought back, surviving three set points and breaking Berdych twice to force a tie-break, which the Czech won 7-3.

Berdych once again took a commanding position in the second set when he broke in the third game, but he couldn't serve it out as Kudla broke back to force yet another tie-break, which again ended 7-3 to Berdych.

Kudla made a fine start to the second set when he broke Berdych in the very first game, but the Czech then wrapped up the set and the match in under 40 minutes, breaking twice to take it 6-3.

Berdych will face Julien Benneteau in the next round after the Frenchman overcame Jeremy Chardy in straight sets.

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3Switzerland Roger Federer7,145
4Switzerland Stanislas Wawrinka5,780
5Serbia Novak Djokovic5,325
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13Belgium David Goffin2,560
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