Berdych into 2nd round, Radwanska crashes out
World number four Tomas Berdych eased into the French Open second round Monday as heavyweights Maria Sharapova and Andy Murray waited to make their 2015 Roland Garros bows.
But there was more Paris misery for ex-world number two and former Wimbledon runner-up Agnieszka Radwanska, who was a shock first-round loser.
Berdych, a 2010 semi-finalist, continued his solid <g data-gr-id="22">claycourt</g> season with a 6-0, 7-5, 6-3 win over Japanese qualifier Yoshihito Nishioka, the world number 146.
The 29-year-old Berdych will face Davis Cup-winning teammate Radek Stepanek, the oldest man in the draw at 36, for a place in the last 32.
“There are still a lot of places to improve which is good. It is always good to have the first one down and now I’ll just keep focusing on my next opponent,” said fourth-seeded Berdych.
Stepanek became the oldest man to win a match at Roland Garros since 38-year-old Jimmy Connors in 1991 when he saw off Croatian journeyman Ivan Dodig 5-7, 6-3, 6-4, 6-1. Spain’s 11th seed Feliciano Lopez was the biggest men’s casualty so far on the day when he lost to Russian world number 74 Teymuraz Gabashvili, 6-3, 7-6 (11/9), 6-3.
In the women’s event, Spanish eighth seed Carla Suarez Navarro, a quarter-finalist in 2008 and 2014, beat Romania’s Monica Niculescu 6-2, 6-2.
But Polish 14th seed Radwanska went down 6-2, 3-6, 6-1 to Germany’s Annika Beck.