French Open: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga advances to the second round
Last Updated: May 27, 2013 6:09pm
Local favourite Jo-Wilfried Tsonga barely broke sweat as he brushed aside Aljaz Bedene 6-2 6-2 6-3 to book his place in the second round of the French Open.
The sixth-seeded Tsonga, the last French man to reach a grand slam final at the Australian Open in 2008, simply had too much power and pace for his Slovenian opponent, who was playing his only second grand slam match.
The 28-year-old, who could run into second seed Roger Federer in the quarter-finals, ended the contest on Court Suzanne Lenglen on his first match point with a service winner.
He will take on either compatriot Paul-Henri Mathieu or Finn Jarkko Nieminen in the next round as he aims to become the first French player to win the men's title since Yannick Noah in 1983.
In the day's other games, Feliciano Lopez upset compatriot and 31st seed Marcel Granollers in five sets 7-5 2-6 6-4 4-6 6-4 to set up a meeting against Joao Sousa.
The Portuguese No 1 defeated Japan's Go Soeda in straight sets, 6-1 6-3 6-2.
Meanwhile, 18-year-old Nick Kyrgios - the youngest player in the men's draw - made a successful debut by beating 34-year-old Radek Stepanek 7-6 (4) 7-6 (8) 7-6 (11). The Australian won despite breaking serve only once.
"When you're good in juniors, it doesn't mean automatically you're going to be good in the men's tennis," Stepanek said. "He has some talent. He's serving big. He definitely has a chance."
He next faces tenth seed Marin Cilic in the second round after he eased past Philipp Petzschner 6-1 6-2 6-3.
Meanwhile, 11th seed Nicolas Almagro edged Austrian Andreas Haider-Maurer 4-6 6-4 6-3 6-3 to set up a second round clash against Edouard Roger-Vasselin while 13th seed Kei Nishikori advanced with a comfortable 6-3 6-2 6-0 victory against Canadian Jesse Levine.
The Japanese star will next take on Slovenian Santiago Giraldo who beat Santiago Giraldo 6-1 6-4 6-1.
And, Tommy Robredo beat Juergen Zopp 6-3 6-2 6-1 to set up a clash against Dutchman Igor Sijsling who upset Austrian Jurgen Melzer 6-4 6-3 6-2.
There were also wins for Lukas Rosol, Ryan Harrison, Julien Benneteau, Tobias Kamke and Fabio Fognini.