Result: Philipp Kohlschreiber edges through in Monte Carlo

Result: Kohlschreiber edges through in Monte Carlo
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Philipp Kohlschreiber defeats Pablo Andujar-Alba in three sets at the Monte Carlo Masters.

Philipp Kohlschreiber has overcome the challenge of Pablo Andujar-Alba 6-2 2-6 7-6 to advance through to round three of the Monte Carlo Masters this afternoon.

Germany's Kohlschreiber began the contest brightly and claimed an early break of Andujar-Alba's serve to open up a two-game advantage.

A second break followed soon after, which allowed the world number 19 to claim the opening set in just over 30 minutes.

However, Andujar-Alba's response was positive in the second set and he inflicted the same damage on Kohlschreiber that he had received during the first set to force a decider.

A break early in the third set provided Andujar-Alba with two chances to win the match, but on both occasions Kohlschreiber battled back to level up proceedings and as a result a tie-breaker was required to determine a victor.

Having been made to hang on during large parts of the final set, Kohlschreiber claimed the initiative early in the breaker and eventually ran out a 7-3 victor.

He will now face either nine-time winner Rafael Nadal or Australian Marinko Matosevic in the next round.

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