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Tennis: Angry Berdych 'needs motorbike' to beat time rule

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World number six Tomas Berdych blasted the time violation rule on Sunday and joked he'll soon need a motorcycle if he is to keep his matches on schedule.

The Czech hit out after losing the Portugal Open final, 0-6, 7-5, 6-1 to world number 62 Carlos Berlocq of Argentina.

Berdych, the top seed at the claycourt tournament, received a warning in the second set of the final after exceeding the permitted 25 seconds between points.

"When we have this crazy rule you are always worried about what the umpire might do. It's been around a few years and I'm still getting used to it," said Berdych.

"All of a sudden the guy calls a time warning. I'm gonna need a motorcycle to get around between points if it continues like this. He gave the warning on a break point, the most important one of the second set."

Berdych had been seeking the ninth title of his career but it was Berlocq who celebrated by claiming his second having won in Bastad in Sweden last July.

"The first set looked easy but it was only because he didn't start very well," said Berdych, now 3-1 in career meetings over Berlocq.

"He made that set much easier for me. I didn't have to play any special tennis. I took my chances when I had them. But it didn't last because he's such a big fighter.

"He completely changed his game from the second set and found a way to play, he did it quite well."

Berlocq became the sixth tournament winner over the age of 30 this year on the ATP with his victory.

Berdych was the South American's second top 10 victim of the week after putting out ninth-ranked Milos Raonic of Canada in the quarter-finals.

"This is truly a dream for me," said the winner, who found his form just in time after losing the opening set in 28 minutes.

"I won another title and beat a top 10 in the final. I'm very satisfied."

Berlocq became the fifth Argentine to win at the venue after Juan Martin del Potro (2011, 2012), David Nalbandian (2002, 2006) Gaston Gaudio (2005) and Juan Ignacio Chela (2004).

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