Milos Raonic was one of two seeds to be defeated in the second round in Monte Carlo, falling to a surprising three set defeat by Jarkko Nieminen 3-6 6-1 7-6. Raonic started well enough, troubling the Finn’s serve in the opening game but he couldn’t convert any of the five break point chances in the opener and would eventually pay for it. Nieminen would need just one break point to secure the break in game six and rode the break until the end to take the first set.
Raonic would eventually get the break early in the second in what turned out to be a very one sided set with Nieminen winning just nine points in total as he lost the set 6-1. The third set was anything but one sided, with twelve holds and just one break point opportunity (Raonic in game 11) which saw a tie break to decide the match. An awful tie break saw Raonic win just one of six points on serve to fall to a 7-3 defeat in the tie break to depart at this early stage of the tournament.
Meanwhile, Tomas Berdych was a winner in straight sets but his 7-5 6-4 victory over Marcel Granollers was anything but straight forward. He fell behind a break twice in the first, the second time at 4-5* allowing Granollers the chance to serve out the set but he would fail to do so. Berdych reeled off three straight games, breaking twice to take the first set.
Berdych was broken to open the second set, but Granollers yet again struggled to hold at the business end of the set. From 4-2 up, he would not win another game, with Berdych sealing the match on his first match point. He plays Fabio Fognini in round three.
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