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Berdych crashes out of Roland Garros French Open

Reuters/Gonzalo Fuentes

Czech sixth seed Tomas Berdych, a semi finalist at the Roland Garros French Open last year, has crashed out of the tournament after losing a marathon five-set, first-round tie to French qualifier Stephane Robert.


Berdych, who was the Wimbledon runner-up, lost despite having match point at 5-4 in the final set. Robert, ranked 140 in the world, now faces Italy’s Fabio Fognini for a place in the last 32.

Favourite to win the tournament this year, Novak Djokovic extended his 2011 unbeaten record to 38 wins with a straight sets win over Dutchman Thiemo De Bakker. The victory for the Serbian world number two takes him within four victories of equalling John McEnroe’s 1984 record for a winning season start of 42 triumphs.

Meawhile, third seed Roger Federer showed it is not all about Djokovic and Nadal this year after a win over Spain’s Feliciano Lopez. Rafael Nadal, who is hoping this year to equal Bjorn Borg’s record of six French Open titles gets his campaign underway on Tuesday against John Isner of the US.

In the women’s tournament, Russian number three seed Vera Zvonareva is through after she beat Spain’s Lourdes Dominguez Lino.

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