Berdych, Raonic to battle for Bangkok title

Sep 29, 2013, 02:57 IST | AFP

Top seed Tomas Berdych and number three Milos Raonic both battled through for three-set wins to set up a Sunday final at the Thailand Open.

Berdych struggled for nearly three hours before finally defeating Frenchman Gilles Simon 6-7 (5/7), 6-2, 7-5. Raonic put out defending champion Richard Gasquet in the second loss of the day for France, 3-6, 7-5, 6-4.

Tomas Berdych and  Milos Raonic
Tomas Berdych and Milos Raonic. Pics/AFP

The Canadian winner hammered 23 aces in a fightback lasting just under two hours. Berdych had his troubles with 14th-ranked Simon, 2012 losing finalist.

Berdych is looking for his first title since Stockholm last October — he is currently the lone member of the ATP top 10 without a trophy this season. 

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