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Berdych defends Shenzhen crown

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Tomas Berdych has retained his Shenzhen Open title after a hard-fought 7-6 6-7 6-3 victory over Richard Gasquet. 

It was a first ATP World Tour title for the Czech world No 8 since he claimed the Stockholm Open crown almost a year ago.

Berdych had his serve broken by his French opponent in the very first game of the final but fought back and took the opening set 7-5 on a tie-break.

But Gasquet was undeterred and saved a pair of match points in the second set before romping through the subsequent tie-break, which he won 7-2.

However, Berdych took charge in the final set, breaking in the sixth game to claim a 4-2 lead, and then holding serve twice to clinch the title after two hours and 40 minutes.

The victory boosted Berdych's hopes of qualifying for the ATP World Tour finals in London for the seventh consecutive year - he is currently ninth in the race for the eight qualifying spots.

The 31-year-old, who missed the U.S. Open after suffering from appendicitis, has now won 13 ATP titles in his career.

"Five weeks ago I was in hospital, now I'm sitting here with the trophy," said Berdych. "Things are changing very quickly.

"Luckily for me, everything is going well. I'm feeling good, sitting here as a winner.

"I'm just taking all this as a bonus, that I can play and win some matches."

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