(Reuters) – Tomas Berdych earned his first ATP win in six months with a 6-1 3-6 6-3 first round victory over Andreas Seppi at the Winston-Salem Open on Sunday.
The Czech, who missed four months prior to Wimbledon with a back injury, had not recorded a triumph since February in Dubai.
“It’s been a very tough time for me,” Berdych told reporters. “I’ve been really up and down. Just because of the love of the sport I was wanting to give myself one more try to come back and give it a good shot of preparation, come here and play some matches and go to the Open and see what it’s like, what I’m going to do, how my tennis is going to be.
“So it’s ‘Let’s see, let’s go step by step.’ “
Against Seppi, Berdych fired eight aces and broke his opponent’s service five times as the match shifted momentum.
Berdych, one of four wild cards in the field, raced to a 5-0 advantage in the opening set but battled rust as Seppi rallied to take the second set before Berdych…
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