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Berdych leads the way into second round of Monte-Carlo Masters

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Czech tennis player Tomas Berdych stormed into the second round of ATP Monte-Carlo Masters, defeating Russian qualifier Andrey Kuznetsov, while German youngster Alexander Zverev edged past Italian veteran Andreas Seppi.

Berdych, the highest ranked player in the first round, lost the first set 6-4. However, the 2015 runner-up managed to turn the tables on his Russian opponent by winning the next two sets at 6-3, 6-4 in a match which lasted two hours, on Monday.

In another match, 19-year-old Zverev, ranked 14th, eased past Seppi 6-1, 6-2.

"I like playing on clay because it's the surface that I grew up on," said Zverev after a brilliant outing in the ATP 1000 tournament.

In an all-British encounter, Kyle Edmund defeated Daniel Evans 7-5, 6-1 to book a second-round clash with defending champions Rafael Nadal.

Other winners on Monday included a quartet of Spaniards including veteran Nicolas Almagro and 12th seed Roberto Bautista Agut.

Second-seed Novak Djokovic and local fan favourite Gilles Simon prepated for their singles second-round encounter in Monday's doubles first round where Djokovic and compatriot Viktor Troicki got past Simon and his partner Gilles Muller of Luxembourg 7-5, 6-3.

Singles - First Round

[9] T. Berdych (CZE) d [Q] A. Kuznetsov (RUS) 46 63 64

[12] R. Bautista Agut (ESP) d N. Basilashvili (GEO) 16 63 75

[13] P. Carreno Busta (ESP) d F. Fognini (ITA) 76(0) 67(4) 63

[14] A. Zverev (GER) d [WC] A. Seppi (ITA) 61 62

[15] A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) d [Q] R. Olivo (ARG) 62 63

[16] P. Cuevas (URU) d V. Troicki (SRB) 63 60

[Q] A. Mannarino (FRA) d [Q] G. Garcia-Lopez (ESP) 16 63 64

D. Schwartzman (ARG) d B. Tomic (AUS) 61 76(3)

K. Edmund (GBR) d D. Evans (GBR) 75 61

N. Almagro (ESP) d [Q] M. Klizan (SVK) 46 63 61

Doubles - First Round

N. Djokovic (SRB) / V. Troicki (SRB) d G. Muller (LUX) / G. Simon (FRA) 75 63

[PR] T. Haas (GER) / T. Huey (PHI) d J. Benneteau (FRA) / L. Pouille (FRA) 46 64 10-8

F. Mergea (ROU) / A. Qureshi (PAK) d [PR] M. Cilic (CRO) / P. Petzschner (GER) 64 64

B. Paire (FRA) / E. Roger-Vasselin (FRA) d [WC] G. Dimitrov (BUL) / N. Zimonjic (SRB) 64 16 10-3