SANTIAGO.- Wasting a great opportunity to cement a position in the Shanghai Masters, Fernando González (ATP Nº11) fell to Czech player Tomas Berdych (ATP Nª27) by a monumental 6-0 and 6-4 at the Tokyo ATP Tournament (Japan, 860 thousand dollars, cement).
The loss has kept him from moving through to the tournament semifinals, and even worse, he was unable to accumulate the points necessary to enter the top ten player list of the "ATP Champions Race".
The main problem was González' serve. He made transcendental mistakes that finally cost him the match, especially during the first set. The La Reina native lost his serve three times in a row, offering Berdych a 6-0 set on a silver platter. Berdych will go on to face U.S. player Andy Roddick (ATP Nª8) in the next round.
To make matters worse, Argentine player Juan Martín del Potro (ATP Nª10), who is Gonzalez' direct rival in the "Champions Race" and the Masters, triumphed at his match against David Ferrer.