Madrid roundup: Berdych ousts Janowicz, Ferrer reaches round three

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Tomas Berdych came from a set down to defeat Jerzy Janowicz 6-7 6-3 6-2. Despite an early break, Berdych struggled in the first set, facing break points in three different games. Janowicz recovered from 1-4 down to 4-4 but only after saving two break points in the process to consolidate the rebreak. Janowicz would have a break point for the chance to serve for the set but failed to convert and would have to settle for an eventual tie break. A poor tiebreak from Berdych saw the Czech drop three points on serve, including the first, to take the tiebreak 7-3.

Berdych showed major improvements after dropping the first, and would be broken for the rest of the match. After Janowicz held for a 3-2 lead, Berdych seized control as he reeled off four straight games to take the set. Despite only serving 54% in the decider, Berdych proved a tough nut to crack on serve losing just three points on his first serve. After holding from 40-A in the first game of the set, he would not face another break point. Like the second set, Berdych would win the last four games to take the match in just under two and a half hours.

Kevin Anderson twice came from a break down in the deciding set to earn a shock victory over Juan Monaco 7-6 3-6 6-4. The big serving South African started slowly falling down a break early on, but continued to fight and would get his just rewards with a break back for 3-3. He would have to save break points though on his next two service games before having a chance to close out the set on return but he could do very little as Monaco held. Another break point was saved before Anderson showcased some clutch hitting to take the breaker, coming from 3-1 down to win 7-5.

Monaco bounced back in the second, taking the only break point opportunity for either player in game six to decide the set. Anderson looked tired going into the decider with errors becoming more and more common and it showed as he fell down a break in the first game. Fortunately, Monaco was unable to capitalise and failed to consolidate the hold as the match became more and more sloppy. Monaco broke once more on his way to a 4-2 lead before a spectacular collapse saw him lose the final four games to exit the competition.

David Ferrer started slowly but would see off Denis Istomin in straight sets 7-5 6-2. Both players had chances to break early with Istomin the first to fail to convert at 2-1 up. From then on Ferrer would be the one pushing on return, having three separate chances to break. He finally converted at 5-5, allowing himself to serve the set out and avoid the tiebreak. Dropping just four points on serve in the second, the match got away from Istomin very quickly as he fell down 0-4, and not taking a point on Ferrer’s final two service games as he served the match out to love.

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