Tennis – Open Sud de France: Tomas Berdych Defeats Bachinger; Into The 2nd Round
Tomas Berdych originated from a set down to beat qualifier Matthias Bachinger in the first round of the Open Sud de France.
Berdych has made a urging beginning to the season after a long spell out with back damage a year ago, yet was made to work for a 5-7 6-3 6-3 triumph in Montpellier on Tuesday.
The previous world number four had a first-serve level of just 49 and double fault multiple times, yet he could battle back and move into the second round.
Berdych will currently confront Benoit Paire after the eighth seed saw off Evgeny Donskoy 7-5 6-3 in his country.
Nicolas Mahut finished a professional men’s doubles Grand Slam at the Australian Open, however was beaten in straight sets by Filip Krajinovic on home soil.
Pierre-Hugues Herbert, Antoine Hoang and Ernests Gulbis were the other first-round champs on day two of the indoor hard-court occasion.
Gael Monfils kept up his ideal record against Viktor Troicki with a 6-3 6-4 triumph in the first round of the Sofia Open.
The ostentatious Frenchman has now won five out of five challenges with trump card Troicki and will go up against Laslo Djere or Mikhail Kukushkin in cycle two.
Matteo Berrettini will confront top seed Karen Khachanov in the wake of beating Denis Istomin 6-4 7-6 (9-7), while Jan-Lennard Struff set up a gathering with Australian Open semi-finalist Stefanos Tsitsipas by defeating Stefano Travaglia.
Robin Haase, Daniel Brands and Yannick Maden likewise moved into the last 16.
Second day of Montpellier: happy for Pierre Hugues Herbert, Benoit Paire and Tomas Berdych getting through to the second round! ✅
— OanaVancea (@OanaVancea) February 5, 2019
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