Berdych breezes past Japanese qualifier at French Open

PARIS (AP) — Fourth-seeded Tomas Berdych eased into the second round of the French Open on Monday with a 6-0, 7-5, 6-3 win over Japanese qualifier Yoshihito Nishioka.

Taking on a player looking for a first ever win on clay at a big tournament, Berdych used his powerful groundstrokes to overwhelm Nishioka from the start.

The hard-hitting Czech broke for a 2-0 lead and sealed the first set in 27 minutes.

The Japanese teenager offered a better resistance in the second set but his lack of experience was flagrant in the 12th game when Berdych applied more pressure with a series of good returns and broke with a backhand down the line that Nishioka returned wide. Another break in the third set was enough for Berdych to improve his record on the Parisian clay to 18-11.