Tomas Berdych beat Marcos Baghdatis 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 to secure a place in the semifinals of the World Tennis Championships in Abu Dhabi Thursday. The Czech No. 6 will now face Rafael Nadal, who received a bye in the exhibition tournament.
Berdych started strongly over the error-prone Baghdatis, moving to a 3-1 lead on his way to winning the first set. Baghdatis fought back in the second set, using several well-timed aces to level the match.
Berdych broke Baghdatis in the sixth game on his way to a 5-2 lead. But Baghdatis recovered, tying the match at 5-5 before Berdych took the final two games to win.
Kiefer retires to be with family
LONDON: Former German No.1 Nicolas Kiefer announced his retirement from tennis on Thursday, saying he wanted to spend more time with his
The 33-year-old won a men's doubles silver medal at the 2004 Olympics and clinched the last of his six ATP titles in 2000, the year in which he achieved a career-high ranking of four.
“At the start of the new year, you set yourself targets and I've achieved mine on Aug 11 of the year which is ending,” Kiefer said on his website (nicolaskiefer.de).
“With the birth of our daughter Mabelle Emilienne, my greatest wish has been fulfilled. From now on, I would like to accompany and shape this new life. Thus, after deep thought, I've decided to end my career as a tennis professional.”
Kiefer looked on course to follow in the footsteps of six-times grand slam champion Boris Becker when he won the junior titles at the Australian and US Opens in 1995. But like many youngsters, he struggled and never managed to reach a grand slam final. After reaching the Toronto Masters final in 2008, Kiefer struggled to shake off a wrist injury and as a result his ranking nosedived to 722nd in the world.