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The Czech could face another former Wimbledon finalist, Raonic
The No. 3 seed had not lost five consecutive matches since the end of 2004 through the beginning of 2005, when he dropped six in a row. At the time, the Czech was just 19 years old. But he bounced back on the Stuttgart grass, dropping just six first-serve points and saving the only break point he faced to move past the World No. 47.
Berdych showed good form early in the season, reaching at least the quarter-finals at three of his first four tournaments. The 2010 Wimbledon finalist, who has reached the semi-finals at the grass-court Grand Slam in back-to-back years, will face 2016 Wimbledon runner-up Milos Raonic or Hungarian Marton Fucsovics in the next round. Berdych seeks his first ATP World Tour title since the Shenzhen Open in 2016.