Berdych edges past Davydenko

  • Last Updated: April 23 2013, 23:21 BST

Third seed Tomas Berdych is through to the last-16 of the Barcelona Open after dispatching Nikolay Davydenko in three sets.

Tomas Berdych: Hit back to win after losing the first set
Tomas Berdych: Hit back to win after losing the first set

The Russian came into the match having won nine of the pair's 13 meetings and was on course for victory again after he took the first set.

But the world number six was not to be outdone and fought back to claim a 3-6 7-5 6-4 win.

Philipp Kohlschreiber was another seed to advance but he was made to fight by Andrey Kuznetsov.

The German eighth seed claimed the first set but lost the second to a tie-break and was taken all the way in the third before eventually emerging a 6-3 6-7 (5/7) 7-6 (7/2) victor.

Home hope Fernando Verdasco departed in the last 32 as he was beaten in straight sets by Ernests Gulbis.

The 12th seed went down 6-3 6-4 but he was the only seed beaten on Tuesday as Kei Nishikori beat Guillermo Olaso 6-1 6-3 and Jeremy Chardy was a 6-2 6-4 winner over Paolo Lorenzi.

Thomaz Bellucci was given a major scare by Pablo Carreno-Busta in the final match of the day but he finally prevailed 6-7 (5/7) 6-3 7-5 in a contest that lasted just short of two-and-three-quarter hours.

In first-round action, Tommy Robredo won an all-Spanish affair against Marc Lopez 2-6 6-2 6-2 while Carlos Berlocq beat Daniel Gimeno-Traver 7-5 6-4 to set up a clash with second seed Rafael Nadal.

Albert Ramos is into the second round after beating Jan-Lennard Struff 6-4 7-6 (7/2) while Bernard Tomic defeated Kenny De Schepper 6-4 4-6 6-2.

Blaz Kavcic claimed a convincing 6-3 6-0 win over Alejandro Falla and Edouard Roger-Vasselin beat Jan Hajek 6-2 6-7 (1/7) 6-2.


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