Tennis-Open-Berdych knocked out by French qualifier in Paris


Mon, 23 May 15:32:00 2011

Tomas Berdych became the first top-10 seed to fall at the French Open when he unexpectedly lost to qualifier Stephane Robert on Monday.

Czech Berdych, the sixth seed and a semi-finalist here last year, was beaten 3-6 3-6 6-2 6-2 9-7 on Court Two.

Frenchman Robert, who had won only one previous match on the ATP Tour this year, recovered from two sets down and a break down in the decider and saved a match point to book his place in the second round.

"I played my best tennis, I gave everything," Robert told a courtside interviewer after his victory over last year's Wimbledon runner-up in three hours and 23 minutes.


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