Kei Nishikori fights back to defeat Tomas Berdych at the Monte Carlo Masters

Kei Nishikori spoke after his comeback victory against Tomas Berdych at the Monte Carlo Masters

Kei Nishikori fought back from a set down to see off Czech Tomas Berdych to reach the Monte Carlo Masters second round on Monday.

Japan’s Nishikori raced through the final two sets against 12th seed Berdych to progress with a 4-6 6-2 6-1 victory.

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In a battle of two former Grand Slam finalists, Nishikori raced through the final two sets to progress with a 4-6 6-2 6-1 victory.

Nishikori exhibited his lightning reactions to win this point against Berdych…

The former world No 4, who is now ranked 36th, missed a large part of last season with a right wrist injury and started his 2018 campaign in American second-tier Challenger Tour events. But he was close to top gear against Berdych, despite making a slow start as he recorded his best win of the season so far.

French veteran Julien Benneteau bowed out of his final appearance at the event at the first hurdle with a straight-sets defeat by Borna Coric, while Russian Andrey Rublev edged out Robin Haase 7-6 (9-7) 2-6 7-5.

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