Berdych Passes Bachinger Test In Montpellier

  • Posted: Feb 05, 2019

Berdych Passes Bachinger Test In Montpellier

Gulbis through in straight sets

Seven years after lifting the trophy, Tomas Berdych made a winning return to the Open Sud de France on Tuesday.

The 33-year-old, who improves to 5-0 in Montpellier, recovered from a set down to beat Matthias Bachinger 5-7, 6-3, 6-3 in two hours and 12 minutes. Berdych landed 11 aces throughout the first-round contest and saved seven of 11 break points en route to victory.

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Berdych has enjoyed an impressive return to action this year, after being forced to end his 2018 ATP Tour season in June, due to a back injury. The former World No. 4 reached his first final in over 19 months, in the opening week of this season, at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open (l. to Bautista Agut) before a straight-sets loss to Rafael Nadal in the Australian Open fourth round.

Berdych will meet eighth seed Benoit Paire or Evgeny Donskoy of Russia for a quarter-final spot. The Czech owns a 3-0 FedEx ATP Head2Head record against Paire and has not met Donskoy at tour-level. 

Ernests Gulbis fired 14 aces to defeat 2018 Next Gen ATP Finals qualifier Hubert Hurkacz 6-4, 7-6(5). The 30-year-old Latvian did not face a break point throughout the one-hour, 38-minute contest and will meet fifth seed Philipp Kohlschreiber or Radu Albot in the second round.

French qualifier Antoine Hoang earned his first tour-level victory, cruising past Steve Darcis 6-1, 6-2. The 23-year-old, who made his ATP Tour debut at last month’s Tata Open Maharashtra, converted five of six break points and will face countryman Jeremy Chardy for a place in the quarter-finals.

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Filip Krajinovic also advanced, defeating Nicolas Mahut 7-6(7), 6-4 in one hour and 37 minutes. The 26-year-old Serbian saved one set point at 5/6 in the first-set tie-break before booking a second-round clash against second seed David Goffin.

Did You Know?
In 11 of the past 13 years, Berdych has reached the fourth round or better at the Australian Open.

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