Berdych up and running
Czech cruises through in Halle; Nadal in doubles action
Last Updated: 13/06/12 8:47pm
Tomas Berdych: was an easy winner against Viktor Troicki in Halle
Third-seed Tomas Berdych kicked off his grass-court campaign in convincing style with a comfortable 6-3 6-2 win over Viktor Troicki at the Gerry Weber Open in Halle.
Berdych, a Wimbledon finalist two years ago, dominated on serve as he failed to give up a single break point whilst wining 88% of points behind his first serve.
"After a long time of not playing on grass, since last year, the first match can be really tricky," the Czech world number seven told the ATP's official website.
"When you're serving well you put some pressure on the opponent, he starts to make some mistakes, gives you some chances to break. That's what happened today."
Fifth seed Milos Raonic was also an easy winner, beating China's 6-1 6-1 and could face defending champion Roger Federer in the next round with the Swiss to meet local hopeful Florian Mayer.
Fourth seed Alexandr Dolgopolov crashed out 6-4 3-6 6-3 to Mikhail Youzhny, who admitted he rode his luck.
"Today it was close, one break each set, and I was a little bit lucky. On grass you have to be a little bit lucky," Youzhny said.
The Russian will next meet Radek Stepanek after the veteran beat Cedric-Marcel Stebe 6-4 6-4.
Meanwhile, Rafael Nadal began his grass-court preparations with a rare doubles outing in Halle.
Just days after claiming his record seventh French Open title on the Parisian clay, Nadal warmed up for Wimbledon by partnering fellow Spaniard Marcel Granollers in a 5-7 6-2 10-8 win over Michal Mertinak and Troicki.
"The real thing for me is more preparation for the singles [match] tomorrow, to compete, to spend time on the court, to serve a bit, to adapt to the conditions on grass," Nadal stated. "That's probably going to help."
Nadal plays his opening singles match of the German tournament against Slovak world number 58 Lukas Lacko on Thursday.