Updated: Sunday, 16 February 2014 23:53 | By Agence France-Presse

Berdych breaks dry spell with Rotterdam tennis title

Tomas Berdych buried a title drought lasting nearly a year and a half as he defeated Marin Cilic 6-4, 6-2 on Sunday to win the Rotterdam World Tennis.

Berdych breaks dry spell with Rotterdam tennis title

Czech Tomas Berdych is pictured in Ostrava, Czech Republic on February 2, 2014 - by Michal Cizek

The Czech third seed, ranked seventh in the world, handed Croatia's unseeded Cilic his first loss after nine straight wins which took him to the Zagreb title a week ago.

It was the ninth career title for the new champion, off to his best season start with a 12-2 record.

Berdych had not earned an ATP trophy since Stockholm, October, 2012, 16 months ago.

He suffered through 2013 as the only player in the top 10 not to win a title, losing finals in Marseille, Dubai and Bangkok.

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