Result: Tomas Berdych overcomes Marin Cilic challenge

Tomas Berdych
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Tomas Berdych begins his Monte Carlo Masters campaign with a win over Croatia's Marin Cilic.

World number seven Tomas Berdych progressed through to round three of the Monte Carlo Masters with a victory over Marin Cilic this afternoon.

Berdych looked to be heading for comfortable opening set success when he broke his Croatian opponent early in the contest.

However, Cilic responded with a break of his own as Berdych prepared to serve for the set, forcing a tie-break in the process.

Despite appearing to have the momentum heading into the breaker, Cilic could only muster three points as Berdych played his way to a 7-3 win.

Cilic's failure in the tie-break seemed to damage his confidence in the next set as Berdych raced into a 5-0 lead.

Cilic did manage to hold his serve for the only time in the next game, before Berdych served out for a 7-6 6-1 win.

The Czech player will take on either Kei Nishikori or Paul-Henri Mathieu in the next round.

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1Scotland flag Andy Murray12,005
2Serbia Novak Djokovic8,915
3Switzerland Stanislas Wawrinka5,705
4Japan Kei Nishikori4,730
5Canada Milos Raonic4,480
6Switzerland Roger Federer4,305
7Spain Rafael Nadal4,145
8Austria Dominic Thiem3,465
9Croatia Marin Cilic3,420
10France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga3,310
11France Gael Monfils3,190
12Belgium David Goffin2,975
13Bulgaria Grigor Dimitrov2,960
14Czech Republic Tomas Berdych2,790
15Lucas Pouille2,456
16Australia Nick Kyrgios2,425
17United States Jack Sock2,375
18Spain Roberto Bautista Agut2,190
19Pablo Carreno Busta2,025
20Alexander Zverev1,850
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