(February 16, 2014) Tomas Berdych ended his title drought on Sunday in Rotterdam decisively beating Marin Cilic 6-4, 6-2 to win his first ATP singles title since October 2013, the ABN Amro World Tennis Tournament.
The Czech only lost one set the entire event, to Ernests Gulbis in the semifinals.
Berdych’s ranking will move up to No. 6 when the rankings come out on Monday.
Cilic who knocked out Andy Murray in the quarterfinals, was trying to win two straight tournaments. He won in Zagreb last Sunday.
“It feels absolutely amazing,” Berdych said. “It’s been a while, actually 16 months since I won a title. To win a title in Rotterdam it’s a nice bonus. I’m extremely happy with the way I handled it throughout the week. I’ve been serving pretty well, which has been the strong part of my game.”
“It was a tough one today,” said the losing finalist. “What made the difference in the end was that Tomas served really well. Overall I think the tournament was great. I played great tennis and enjoyed it here. I had a great run of nine [straight] wins and I hope to make that run soon again.”
For Berdych it is his ninth tour-level title in his 20th final. He becomes the first Czech to win in Rotterdam since Radek Stepanek back in 2006.