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Tennis: Berdych battles through as Raonic exits in Portugal

Published on May 3, 2014 1:44 AM

OEIRAS (AFP) - Top seed Tomas Berdych toughed out a battling 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 win over qualifier Leonardo Mayer while second seed Milos Raonic was eliminated from his quarter-final at the ATP-WTA Portugal Open on Friday.

Berdych, who only took a wild card here to get more clay matches with Roland Garos just three weeks away, almost found himself on the sidelines as he dropped the first set to his 88th-ranked Argentine opponent.

The sixth-ranked Czech survived a roller-coaster final set and will Saturday face Portugal's Gastao Elias or Romanian Victor Hanescu.

Raonic again disappointed on clay, bundled out in just under 90 minutes 7-5, 6-4 by Argentine Carlos Berlocq.

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