Berdych suffers first-round defeat

  • Last Updated: December 30 2013, 18:03 GMT

Fourth seed Tomas Berdych crashed out of the Qatar Open with a straight sets defeat to Ivo Karlovic in Doha.

Tomas Berdych: Beaten by Ivo Karlovic
Tomas Berdych: Beaten by Ivo Karlovic

Czech player Berdych was defeated in both sets on tie-breaks by his Croatian opponent.

Karlovic won 7-6 (9/7) 7-6 (7/4) to reach the second round where he will be joined by Gael Monfils.

The Frenchman was a comfortable winner against Colombian Santiago Giraldo.

Monfils won the first set 7/1 on the tie-break before dominating the second set which he won 6-2.

Eighth seed Fernando Verdasco won in straight sets against Italy's Filippo Volandri.

Verdasco won the first set 6-3 and took the next by the same scoreline to win the match in just over an hour.

Poland's Lukasz Kubot won his first round match with Spaniard Daniel Gimeno-Traver 6-4 6-3.

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