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French Open: Monfils Stuns Berdych in Thriller

28 May 2013

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Gael Monfils secured one of the most notable wins of his career with a shock victory over fifth seed Tomas Berdych in round one of the French Open on Monday.

Injury problems saw Monfils drop out of the world's top 100 and, now at 81st, he is playing in Paris via a wildcard.

But he stunned title-contender Berdych 7-6 (10-8) 6-4 6-7 (3-7) 6-7 (4-7) 7-5 in four hours and two minutes.

Elsewhere, defending champions Rafael Nadal and Maria Sharapova started with wins - although Nadal survived a scare.

In another game, Li Na (Chn) [6] beat Anabel Medina Garrigues (Esp) 6-3 6-4

Champion in 2011, Li was given a stern test by Anabel Medina Garrigues but showed greater consistency to post her first victory over the Spaniard in four clay-court meetings.

At 4-4 in the second set, Medina Garrigues dropped serve in controversial circumstances - penalised on break point for calling out as she hit the ball - and Li then served out the match.

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