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  • Tokyo - Berdych, Wawrinka win openers

    10/1/12 4:57 PM | Kelli DeMario
    Tokyo - Berdych, Wawrinka win openers Former champion Tomas Berdych made a successful start to his Japan Open campaign, ousting France's Benoit Paire in straight sets. The second seed is joined by fellow seed Stanislas Wawrinka, who held off wildcard Hiroki Moriya.

    (2) Tomas Berdych def. Benoit Paire 6-1, 7-6(6)

    Second seed Tomas Berdych is through to the second round after upending France's Benoit Paire on Monday. The 27-year-old converted three of 6 break points through an hour and 45 minutes of play.

    "I’m going match-by-match. So far I’ve had a pretty good season," Berdych told RakutenOpen.com. "I’m not counting it in general. I had some great results that I can count towards that and I hope if I continue with my game, it will qualify me for London.

    "I have nice memories here. I like coming back to Tokyo. It was one of the biggest tournaments I won in the past. It gives me positive thinking. As with any other week, I want to do well and try and play my tennis."

    Berdych completed the opening-round effort with 38 of 46 first-service points won. He will take on either Alejandro Falla or Thomaz Bellucci in the next round.

    (7) Stanislas Wawrinka def. (WC) Hiroki Moriya 7-5, 4-6, 6-4

    Seventh seed Stanislas Wawrinka survived a tricky first round, holding off hometown wildcard Hiroki Moriya in three sets. The Swiss tallied 10 aces and three service breaks en route to a 7-5, 4-6, 6-4 victory in two hours and 16 minutes.

    Wawrinka is slated to meet either France's Jeremy Chardy or wildcard Yuichi Sugita in round two.

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