Berdych beats Garcia-Lopez to win first ATP Tour title of season

Tomas Berdych needed until October to record his first ATP title of the season.

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SHENZHEN, China — Top-seeded Tomas Berdych won his 11th ATP Tour title by defeating Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-3, 7-6 (7) Monday in the Shenzhen Open final.

Heavy rain on Sunday had postponed the final for a day and after another rain interruption on Monday, Berdych finally clinched the title.

Garcia-Lopez had a chance to take the final into third set when he led 6-5 in the tiebreaker. But Berdych saved the set point and then converted his second match point with a forehand return for his first title of the season.

Berdych lost in three finals this season – in Doha, Rotterdam and Monte Carlo – and now heads to China Open where he’s seeded second.