Tomas Berdych will meet Marin Cilic in round two of the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters
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Tomas Berdych will make a start to his challenge for the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters title on Wednesday with a second round clash against Croatia’s Marin Cilic. Whilst Berdych isn’t one of the hot favourites to win this event, he’s been a consistent top ten player in recent years, and shouldn’t be written off. The Czech is a former semi-finalist here, and he’s more adept than most on the red dirt.
As the world No. 22, Cilic is ranked just a little too low to be seeded, and his status as a dangerous floater makes this second round matchup one of the most exciting on Wednesday’s order of play. He made a confident start in round one, beating Italian qualifier Simone Bolelli in straight sets (6-3, 6-4).
Berdych holds a 3-1 head to head record against Cilic, but he’s always had to work for his successes against the big Croatian. The last time this pairing met on clay, Berdych edged a five-setter, in which Cilic proved to be a worthy opponent. It looks like we’re in for a great contest here.