Cilic survives Andreev storm

Cilic survives Andreev storm

Tennis Monte Carlo Masters

Cilic survives Andreev storm

On the line: Croatia’s Marin Cilic serves during his second round match against Igor Andreev in Monte Carlo. AFP

Cilic fell behind after losing the first-set tiebreak 7-4 before finding better angles to unsettled Andreev on a windswept centre court. "The conditions were tough, the balls were heavy," said Cilic, whose first serve was not as efficient as usual.

Although Andreev only managed to win one game in the 56-minute second set, he proved a tough nut to crack, going a break up twice in the decider. Cilic first broke back to love for 3-3 and levelled to make it 4-4 with a jaw-dropping crosscourt forehand winner.

He wrapped it up on Andreev's serve when the Russian's forehand hit the top of the net and bounced out.In first round action, Twelfth seed Tommy Robredo of Spain eased past Horacio Zeballos 6-3, 6-3, with fifteenth seed Austrian Juergen Melzer defeating Paul-Henri Mathieu of France 6-3, 6-2.

There were also wins for Florent Serra, who beat Stephane Robert 7-6(8-6), 3-6, 6-4 in a tough three-setter and Michael Llodra who got past Italian Fabio Fognini 6-3, 6-3.
Results: Second round: 4-Marin Cilic (Cro) bt Igor Andreev (Ru) 6-7(7-4), 6-1, 6-4;  6-Fernando Verdasco (Esp) bt Julien Benneteau (Fra) 6-2, 6-1. 

First round: 12-Tommy Robredo (Esp) bt Horacio Zeballos (Arg) 6-3, 6-3; Florent Serra (Fra) bt Stephane Robert (Fra) 7-6(8-6), 3-6, 6-4; Michael Llodra (Fra) bt Fabio Fognini (Italy) 6-3, 6-3; Thiemo de Bakker (Ned) bt Eduardo Schwank (Arg) 6-3, 7-5; 15-Juergen Melzer (Aut) bt Paul-Henri Mathieu (Fra) 6-3, 6-2.