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Result: Tomas Berdych battles to straight-sets win in Paris

Result: Berdych battles to straight-sets win in Paris
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Tomas Berdych reaches the third round of the Paris Masters with a 7-6 (6) 6-2 win over Andreas Seppi.

Tomas Berdych has reached the third round of the Paris Masters with a straight-sets win over Andreas Seppi.

The Czech broke in the second game of the opening set to go 2-0 up, but Seppi hit back immediately for 2-1 as his opponent's serve began to falter.

Both players looked evenly matched for the remainder of the set and it went to a tie-break. Berdych raced into a 3-0 lead in the breaker, only for Seppi to claw it back to 3-3.

The Czech squandered a set point at 6-5, but soon wrapped it up, putting the Italian into a difficult position and forcing a decisive error.

Berdych was dominant in the second set, breaking as early as the first game and cruising into a 4-0 lead.

Seppi offered some resistance, fighting back to 5-2, before the world number six served out the match to book his place in round three.

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