Sixth seed Thomas Berdych maintained his unbeaten record in second round robin match at the ATP World Tour Finals with a straight sets win over Marin Cilic on Wednesday.
The Czech beat Croatia’s Cilic 6-3 6-1 in 75 minutes to keep semi-finals qualification hopes alive at the O2 Arena, London.
Berdych, who lost to the 8th seed at Wimbledon and the US Open earlier in the year, now leads the pair’s head-to-head series 6-4. He will meet world number one Novak Djokovic on Friday in a bid to seal his semi-final ticket. He has a 2-16 record against the Serb.
Berdych broke twice to take the opening game, which lasted for 43 minutes. The Croatian struggled with his groundstrokes, despite trying to assert some pressure. Berdych, who is making his fifth appearance at the season-ending event, broke twice in the fourth and sixth games of the second set to claim his 55th match win of the year. He saved two break points when serving for the match at 5-1.