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Wednesday, 14 November, 2018

Resurgent Haas could be underrated for Berdych rumble

Czech may be vulnerable

Tommy Haas beat Benoit Paire 6-2 6-3 in his Monte Carlo opener
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Tommy Haas got his Monte Carlo Masters tilt off to a fine start when defeating Benoit Paire and bookmakers may be wrong to dismiss the German's chance against Tomas Berdych.

Haas charged to a 6-2 6-3 victory over the Frenchman. Paire is known for being an erratic performer, but that has to go down as a fine result and probably the best of the veteran's season.

Haas, 39, was ranked world number two in 2002. That's obviously a long time ago, but he's approaching what may be the swansong of his career with plenty of gusto and it's not as if Berdych is unbeatable on the slow red clay courts.

The Czech made the Monte Carlo final in 2015, but lost to Damir Dzumhur in the first round last year and has made it past the last 16 on only three of 12 visits to the Country Club.

Haas gets a decent start on the total-games handicaps and is worth an interest against an opponent who may be past his best after recent losses to Yoshihito Nishioka and Robin Haase.

Briton Kyle Edmund gets a start of 6.5 games for his clash with defending champion and former world number one Rafael Nadal.

Edmund eliminated compatriot Dan Evans in his opener and has shown enough on the slow courts to suggest that he could cause a problem or two for the former king of clay.

Recommendation
T Haas +5.5 games
2pts 4-6 BoyleSports

Berdych has made it past the last 16 on only three of 12 visits to the Country Club
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