Berdych edges out Odesnik
Tomas Berdych claimed victory in his opening match of the SAP Open in San Jose after the fifth seed defeated Wayne Odesnik.
By James Mason
Last Updated: 09/02/10 10:18am
Tomas Berdych claimed victory in his opening match of the SAP Open in San Jose after the fifth seed edged out Wayne Odesnik in a hard-fought match.
The 24-year-old looked on course for an easy win after cruising through the first set 6-1.
However Odesnik began to battle back and after a tense tie-break, the American claimed the second set 7-6 (7-5).
The final set was a tight affair with both players giving little away, but it was the world number 23 who made the crucial break of serve in the decider to win 7-5.
The win means Berdych has set up a second-round tie against Jarkko Nieminen, who defeated German Lars Poerschke 3-6 6-3 6-2.
Elsewhere in the opening rounds, Leonardo Mayer of Argentina could face the tournaments top seed Andy Roddick, after the 22-year-old defeated Ernests Gulbis 7-5 6-4.