|Posted on April 17, 2017 at 3:55 PM|
In the final match on, Berdych plays Russian qualifier Andrey Kuznetsov for the second time. In St. Petersburg, last September, Berdych prevailed in a third set tie-break. Berdych is making his ninth straight appearance here and 13th in the past 14 years (except 2008). Kuznetsov is looking for his first main draw match win in Monte-Carlo (0-2).
Berdych Battles For Opening Win In Monte-Carlo
ATP Staff | Monday, April 17, 2017
Veteran looking to return to the Masters 1000 final
Ninth seed Tomas Berdych survived a scare on Monday when he fought past qualifier Andrey Kuznetsov, currently No. 78 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the final match of the day at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters. Berdych goes on to face
Benoit Paire or39-year-old Tommy Haas, the oldest player in the draw, for a place in the third round.
Berdych, who is playing at the Monte-Carlo Country Club for the 13th time in the past 14 years, drew on his big-match experience to prevent Kuznetsov recording one of the biggest wins of his career. The 2015 finalist required two hours for his 14th match win of the season.
Having survived one break point in the first set, Kuznetsov broke Berdych to love for a 4-3 advantage courtesy of his rock-solid backhand. While Berdych came through a 20-point hold for 3-2 in the second set, he immediately grew in confidence to break Kuznetsov for the first time. The 31-year-old Czech went on to fire a backhand winner down the line in the third game of the decider to break Kuznetsov, who is now 0-3 lifetime at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament.
Score and Stats - Tomas Berdych def. Kuznetsov
Tomas Berdych in action against Andrey Kuznetsov of Russia in their first round match on day two of the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters at Monte-Carlo Sporting Club on April 17, 2017 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. Berdych won 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.