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Berdych into Portugal Open final, Haas beaten in Germany

ESPN staff
May 3, 2014
Tomas Berdych dropped four games in his semi-final win © Getty Images

Top-seed Tomas Berdych eased into the final of the Portugal Open by beating Victor Hanescu 6-2 6-2 and will face Carlos Berlocq on Sunday.

Berdych hit five aces and converted all four of his break points to dismiss Hanescu, while Berlocq defeated Daniel Gimeno-Traver 7-6(6) 6-2.

"It will be great," Berdych told atpworldtour.com. "It's always a pleasure to get to the final stages of the week in tournaments. I'm really looking forward to it.

"This is the way I want to perform on the clay. You need the days like yesterday to battle through tough situations and get the good results. I want to improve my game at this level and go higher and higher."

At the BMW Open, Slovakian qualifier Martin Klizan defeated defending champion Tommy Haas 6-3 6-2 to set up a final against top-seeded Fabio Fognini.

Klizan needed just 64 minutes to beat the second-seeded German veteran, who was clearly struggling with the right shoulder injury that had kept him out of action since March 13, when he lost to Roger Federer in the fourth round at Indian Wells.

"It wasn't a great match for the fans because Haas couldn't play like that. Now I'm looking forward to the final," the 111th-ranked Klizan said.

Fognini needed just over an hour to ease past German qualifier Jan-Lennard Struff 6-3 6-1 in the other semifinal.

"It was a difficult match," Fognini said. "I am happy because I am in the final on my debut here."

Fognini beat Klizan in their last three meetings but the Slovakian defeated the 15th-ranked Italian in his only previous ATP World Tour final, at St. Petersburg in October 2012.

This article first appeared on ESPN.com

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