• Monfils survives five-set thriller over Berdych

    5/27/13 9:16 PM | Kelli DeMario
    Monfils survives five-set thriller over Berdych France's Gael Monfils is through to the second round at the French Open after hanging on to oust 5th seed Tomas Berdych. He is joined in round two by 11th seed Nicolas Almagro, who rallied to defeat Austria's Andreas Haider-Maurer.

    Gael Monfils def. (5) Tomas Berdych 7-6(8), 6-4, 6-7(3), 6-7(4), 7-5

    France's Gael Monfils advanced to the second round following his extended match with world No. 6 Tomas Berdych. The 26-year-old struck 26 aces and 96 winners en route to a five-set victory late Monday. With the match split at two sets apiece, Monfils secured a critical break at 5-5 in the final set.

    He is through to take on Latvia's Ernests Gulbis in the next round.

    (11) Nicolas Almagro def. Andreas Haider-Maurer 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-3

    Eleventh seed Nicolas Almagro made the second round after rallying to dismiss Austria's Andreas Haider-Maurer. The 27-year-old Spaniard tallied 13 aces, 40 winners and four service breaks through two hours and 15 minutes of play.

    Almagro is scheduled to face France's Edouard Roger-Vasselin in the second round.

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The bird is out and I have a feeling Gulbis is going to down Monfils.. this part of the draw seems to be clearing out

Shireling , 5/27/13 10:13 PM

The question is, will Monfils have enough left after that tough first round win? Berdy was tough, but if Gulbis is on his game then it's not going to get any easier.

Nativenewyorker , 5/27/13 10:28 PM

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