Kei Nishikori comes from behind to beat Tomas Berdych in Monte-Carlo first round
Kei Nishikori came back from one set down to beat Monaco resident Tomas Berdych in three sets 4-6 6-2 6-1 reaching the second round at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters in the Country Club on a sunny day.
The first match between Nishikori and Berdych was one of the most eagerly-awaited first-round matches of a busy Monday schedule at the Monte-Carlo Country Club.
Berdych won 13 of the first 17 points in the first set and looked set to score his first win over Nishikori since the 2012 third round in Monte-Carlo.
The Czech player converted his third break point at deuce and held his next three service games to open up a 5-2 lead. Nishikori broke back on his second opportunity in the ninth game, as Berdych was serving for the set. The Czech player sealed the first set by 6-4 with a break at 15.
Berdych held his first service game after saving two break points at the start of the second set. Nishikori came back from 1-2 down by winning seven consecutive games after clinching 28 of the next 38 points.
Nishikori got two consecutive breaks in the fifth and seventh games to win the second set 6-2.
Berdych won just seven points in the third set. Nishikori earned two consecutive breaks in the fifth and seventh game at love en route to cruising to a commanding 6-1 win in the third set after 1 hour and 46 minutes. The Japanese player, who made his come-back after being sidelined by a serious wrist injury for five months last year, has extended his win-loss record to 5-1 over Berdych.
Nishikori set up a second round match against Danil Medvedev.