Carlos Berlocq stuns Tomas Berdych for Portugal Open title

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Oeiras, Portugal (4E Sports) – Carlos Berlocq stunned top seed Tomas Berdych, 0-6, 7-5, 6-1, to capture the Portugal Open title Sunday.

The 31-year-old Berlocq became the fifth different Argentine champion of the event in the past decade, joining Juan Martin del Potro (2011-12), David Nalbandian (2002, ’06), Gaston Gaudio (2005) and Juan Ignacio Chela (2004).

“It’s very nice to know Nalbandian, Del Potro and Gaudio won this title and that I join this list,” said Berlocq. “It is very special for me to be with such great players.”

Berlocq claimed his second ATP World Tour title, having won his maiden crown at the SkiStar Swedish Open last year.

Berdych raced out of the gates for 6-0 lead in just 29 minutes, recording the first bagel set in a tour-level final this year.

Berlocq struggled to penetrate Berdych’s defense, as the Czech won 75 percent of return points in the opening set and did not face a break point on his own serve.

However, Berlocq would not be deterred, snatching an immediate break to open the second set and secured a late break to pull even.

In Munich, Martin Klizan scored a come-from-behind 2-6, 6-1, 6-2 win over Fabio Fognini in the final of the BMW Open.

The title was the second ATP World Tour crown for Klizan and first since also beating Fognini for the St. Petersburg crown in October 2012.

At the Madrid Open, Roberto Bautista Agut pulled off an upset after beating 16th seed Tommy Robredo, 6-4, 6-4 Sunday.

Other winners on the men’s side were Jeremy Chardy of France and Spain’s Guillermo Garcia-Lopez. Chardy rallied past Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, while Garcia-Lopez topped countryman Pablo Andujar, 6-2, 2-6, 6-2.

On the women’s side, Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova advanced to second round of the event.

Williams cruised to a 6-2, 6-1 victory in just 58 minutes over Swiss qualifier Belinda Bencic, while Sharapova rolled to a 6-1, 6-2 triumph over Klara Koukalova of the Czech Republic.

Other winners were Peng Shuai, Christina McHale, Petra Kvitova , Ana Ivanovic, Caroline Garcia, Lucie Safarova, Sloane Stephens, Petra Cetkovska, Roberta Vinci, Francesca Schiavone, Maria Kirilenko, Varvara Lepchenko and Zheng Jie.

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