World No. 6 Tomas Berdych heads a talented field at the 2013 ATP Thailand Open this September.
The overall top seed in the singles draw, Berdych will take aim at his first ever title on the indoor hard courts of Bangkok. The 28-year-old Czech will face plenty of stiff competition in Southeast Asia, though.
Defending tournament champion Richard Gasquet is seeded second at the bottom of the draw, while 2009 winner Gilles Simon is seeded fourth and fresh off a win at the ATP Moselle Open last week in Metz, France.
Milos Raonic, who won on the hard courts of San Jose earlier this year, and Mikhail Youzhny, who won the Swiss Open in July and reached the quarterfinals at the U.S. Open earlier this month, are also threats to lift the crown in Thailand.
With the tournament underway, let's get you caught up on the latest scores from Bangkok.
No. 1 Tomas Berdych, Czech Republic
No. 2 Richard Gasquet, France
No. 3. Milos Raonic, Canada
No. 4 Gilles Simon, France
No. 5 Mikhail Youzhny, Russia
No. 6 Feliciano Lopez, Spain
No. 7 Jarkko Nieminen, Finland
No. 8 Lukas Rosol, Czech Republic
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Day 1 Scores
Feliciano Lopez (6) def. Laslo Djere; 6-3, 6-3
Igor Sijsling def. Jarkko Nieminen (7); 6-3, 7-6 (7-2)
Robin Haase def. Daniel Gimeno-Traver; 6-2, 6-4
Main Draw Qualifying
Santiago Giraldo (1) def. Hiroki Moriya (5); 6-4, 6-1
Alejandro Falla (2) def. Oliver Marach; 7-6 (7-2), 6-3
Go Soeda (3) def. Simon Stadler; 6-7 (2-7), 7-5, 6-4
Marco Chiudinelli (4) def. Karunuday Singh (8); 4-6, 6-1, 6-4
World No. 75 Igor Sijsling landed eight aces and won 93 percent of his first-serve points on Day 1 to pull off a monumental upset over seventh-seeded Jarkko Nieminen.
The 26-year-old Dutch player broke his higher-ranked opponent twice in the opening set to gain an early advantage before going on to win the match in a second-set tiebreaker.
In other first-round action, sixth-seeded Spaniard Feliciano Lopez got off to a strong start with a straight-sets victory over Serbian wild card Laslo Djere. The world No. 25 came out determined from the very beginning, crushing five aces in the opening set and going on to lose just nine total service points for the match.
Meanwhile, top-ranked Dutchman Robin Haase only needed a little more than an hour to eliminate Daniel Gimeno-Traver of Spain. Despite running into some trouble with own his second serve, Haase was able to attack his opponent's serve from the jump, winning an impressive 40 percent of his first-serve return points for the match.
Haase was also opportunistic, cashing in on three of his four break-point chances on Monday to win easily in straight sets.
Day 2 Scores
Lukas Rosol (8) def. Lukasz Kubot; 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7-2)
Bernard Tomic def. Ivo Karlovic; 6-7 (3-7), 6-4, 4-2, retired
Lukas Lacko def. Alejandro Falla; 6-3, 6-2
Roberto Bautista Agut def. Marco Chiudinelli; 7-5, 7-6 (7-2)
Marinko Matosevic def. Wishaya Trongcharoenchaikul; 6-1, 6-1
Go Soeda def. Santiago Giraldo; 3-6, 6-1, 6-2
Eighth-seeded Czech Lukas Rosol—the man most famous for upsetting Rafael Nadal in the second round of Wimbledon in 2012—was the only seeded player in action on Day 2 at the Thailand Open. He would need all three sets and a final-set tiebreaker to survive Polish challenger Lukasz Kubot, but nevertheless he's on to Round 2 in Bangkok.
Both players had their moments in the match, and the even numbers tell the tale. Rosol finished with 16 aces to 14 for Kubot while each player was only able to break the other once for the entire match.
The biggest difference was on return, where Rosol won 33 percent of his receiving points, compared to just 28 percent for the unseeded Pole.
In other first-round action, Lukas Lacko and Marinko Matosevic each won comfortably in straight sets. Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut also won in two sets but needed a second-set tiebreaker to overcome Swiss qualifier Marco Chiudinelli.
Meanwhile, Aussie Bernard Tomic and qualifier Go Soeda each won in three sets, with Tomic's match being cut short after 6'10" Croatian Ivo Karlovic retired because of lower back pain.
Day 3 Scores
(5) Mikhail Youzhny def. Paolo Lorenzi, 6-3, 6-2
Denis Istomin def. Suk-Young Jeong, 6-3, 6-0
Yen-Hsun Lu def. Evgeny Donskoy, 6-3, 6-2
Igor Sijsling def. Robin Haase, 6-7, 6-4, 7-6
(1) Tomas Berdych def. Roberto Bautista Agut, 6-3, 6-3
(6) Feliciano Lopez def. Go Soeda, 7-6, 6-3
The favorites largely moved on during Day 3 play, with Berdych, Lopez and Youzhny all winning in straight sets. Berdych's win was highlighted by an impressive 11 aces and 30 of 35 first serve points won, as he easily dispatched of Bautista Agut.
After a shaky first set, Lopez recovered to knock Soeda out of the tournament. Like Berdych, Lopez also leaned on a strong serve, knocking home an impressive 14 aces.
Youzhny cruised against Lorenzi, winning 27 of 30 first service points and keeping Lorenzi on his heels all match.
The match of the day was came between Sijsling and Haase, with both the first and third sets going to tiebreaker. Both players dominated on their first serves, but it was Sijsling's ability to consistently win points on his second serve (70 percent to 39 percent for Haase) that was the difference.
Day 4 Scores
(2) Richard Gasquet def. Lukas Lacko, 6-3, 6-2
(3) Milos Raonic def. Marinko Matosevic, 7-6 (7-3), 4-6, 6-4
(5) Mikhail Youzhny def. Denis Istomin, 6-3, 6-3
Yen-Hsun Lu def. (8) Lukas Rosol, 6-3, 6-2
(4) Gilles Simon def. Bernard Tomic, 6-4, 7-5
Five highly seeded tournament favorites were in action on Thursday, with defending champion Richard Gasquet headlining the pack.
It was status quo for most of favorites, but Yen-Hsun Lu did pull off an impressive upset of No. 8 Lukas Rosol in straight sets to reach the quarterfinals. Rosol had trouble with Lukasz Kubot in the first round, and his downward trend continued in a disappointing loss to Lu.
Elsewhere, Gasquet, Mikhail Youzhny and Gilles Simon all picked up victories without needing a final set. As expected, they will all move on to the quarterfinals alongside Tomas Berdych, Feliciano Lopez and Igor Sijsling.
The eighth and final man still alive in Thailand is Milos Raonic, who needed three sets to best Denis Istomin. After a thrilling first set that went to the tiebreak in Raonic's favor, Istomin evened things up with a strong showing in set No. 2.
But the Canadian youngster bounced back to win the the match in close fashion, avoiding an upset and moving on to the quarterfinals in the process.
Day 5 Scores
Tomas Berdych (1) def. Yen-Hsun Lu; 7-6 (9-7), 6-4
Richard Gasquet (2) def. Mikhail Youzhny (5); 5-7, 6-3, 6-1
Milos Raonic (3) def. Feliciano Lopez (6); 6-4, 6-3
Gilles Simon (4) def. Igor Sijsling; 6-4, 5-7, 6-4
Overall top seed Tomas Berdych booked a trip to Saturday's semifinals after laying down 20 aces against unseeded challenger Yen-Hsun Lu on Friday. The top-ranked Czech struggled with his second serve but managed to save three of four break points for the match before going on to win in straight sets.
Berdych has yet to drop a set through two matches in Bangkok and will face fourth-seeded Frenchman Gilles Simon in the next round. Simon needed all three sets, but survived Igor Sijsling in Friday's other early quarterfinal matchup.
Both Simon and Sijsling played phenomenal tennis throughout, but the unseeded Dutchman failed to capitalize on a plethora of break-point chances, as Simon was able to save 14 of 16 for the match.
In Friday's late action, top seeds Richard Gasquet and Milos Raonic both advanced to the semifinals.
Raonic laid down a remarkable 19 aces to steamroll over sixth-seeded Feliciano Lopez while Gasquet overcame a one set to love deficit to beat Russia's Mikhail Youzhny. The second-seeded Frenchman would break Youzhny five times over the final two sets.
Gasquet and Raonic will square off in Saturday's second semifinal match.
Day 6 Scores
Tomas Berdych (1) def. Gilles Simon (4); 6-7(5), 6-2, 7-5
Milos Raonic (3) def. Richard Gasquet (2); 3-6, 7-5, 6-4
Up through the quarterfinals, it had been all chalk. The top four seeds were the four guys left in the semifinals. No. 1 seed Tomas Berdych did his job in regard to maintaining the status quo, beating No. 4 Gilles Simon in three sets. Only Milos Ranoic didn't get the memo, when he upset No. 2 Richard Gasquet in three sets.
Both players had mountains to climb after dropping the first set.
Berdych had a bit of an easier time, following a quick second set. The 28-year-old was able to tee off on Simon's second serve. The Frenchman won only 34 percent of his second-serve points. Berdych was also able to save 11 of 14 break points.
Raonic's win over Gasquet was a case of two players refusing to drop serve, at least after the first set. There were only six break-point opportunities the entire match. It's quite surprising that the Canadian was able to come through victoriously. He won a total of 81 points, eight fewer than Gasquet.
Should he win on Sunday, it would be the second title of 2013 for Raonic, while Berdych is looking for his first this year. The final should be a fun match. Both guys are big servers. The Czech star had 18 aces in his quarterfinal win, while his counterpart did him five better, with 23.
Day 7 Scores
Milos Raonic (3) def. Tomas Berdych (1); 7-6 (7-4), 6-3
Leaning on a big serve for the duration of the match, Milos Raonic defeated Tomas Berdych in straight sets at the final of the Thailand Open. He needed just 77 minutes to dispatch of Berdych, clearly seizing the match's momentum after surviving a first-set tiebreaker.
Raonic fired home 18 aces, while winning an astonishing 41 of 43 first serve points. His ability to keep Berdych off-balance with a powerful serve was ultimately the difference in the match, as Raonic won 82 percent of his total service points.
The result was Raonic's second singles title on the season in his third final of the season. Berdych has yet to win a title this season, though like Raonic he has reached three finals.