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Berdych rallies against Cilic to end title drought



Beijing, China (Sports Network) - For Czech Tomas Berdych, the title drought is over.

The third-seeded Berdych dropped the opening set against Marin Cilic in Sunday's final at the China Open, but rallied to beat the Croat 3-6, 6-4, 6-1.

Berdych, who reached his first final of 2011 after losing in six semifinals, won a tournament for the first time since capturing the Munich crown in May of 2009.

"To win this title means really a lot to me because it's after 29 months," Berdych said.

The 26-year-old and 10th-ranked Berdych evened his record in 12 career championship matches, while improving to 3-1 lifetime against Sunday's opponent.

Cilic, meanwhile, fell to 0-3 in finals this year -- he also was a runner-up in Marseille and Umag -- and dropped his seventh straight match against a Top-10 player.

"I'm feeling a little bit disappointed by the loss today," Cilic said. "I would say that I was playing really great tennis from the beginning of the match. That first set went really well on my side. I had two advantages at 4-4 [in the second set]; got maybe a little bit tense and he served two big first serves. From then on, I think he started to play a little bit better and wasn't giving me as much and I wasn't finding right solutions for the game after that."

10/09 08:51:59 ET