Tomas Berdych survives tough Montpellier opening match
Former champion Tomas Berdych came from behind to win his first-round clash against Matthias Bachinger at the Open Sud de France in Montpellier.
The Czech required two hours and 12 minutes to beat German qualifier Bachinger 5-7, 6-3, 6-3.
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“It was a good fight. Not an easy one but I’m happy to get through challenges,” he told ATPWorldTour.com.
“I was enjoying it on the court. It’s not ideal but it’s not happening every day, so it’s important to fight it out and that’s what I did today.”
Next up is Benoit Paire after the eighth-seeded Frenchman beat Evgeny Donskoy of Russia 7-5, 6-3.
Seventh seed Pierre-Hugues Herbert joins compatriot Paire in the second round after he earned a 6-2, 6-1 win over Denis Kudla while French qualifier Antoine Hoang secured his first-ever ATP Tour win when he beat Steve Darcis 6-1, 6-2.
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