Berdych edges out Odesnik

Fifth seed goes through after hard fought match

By James Mason.   Last Updated: 09/02/10 10:18am

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Berdych: Tough opening match

Berdych: Tough opening match

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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).

Crucial

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.

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