NEW YORK, U.S. – Tomas Berdych was able to chase his demons to U.S. International, where he lost twice in the last three years in the first round, defeating French qualifier Romain Jouan 6 -2, 7-6 (4), 6-1 to reach the second round on Monday.
The ninth-seeded needed one hour, 56 minutes to win this easy victory against an opponent who was on his first match on the circuit this season.
Earlier, Marin Cilic, ranked 27th in the Competiton, defeated the American Ryan Harrison 6-2, 7-5, 7-6 (6). Harrison, who made headlines last year by eliminating the 15th-seeded Ivan Ljubicic in the first round, was used to handle the second and third sets, but was broken both times. He also botched a 4-1 lead in the tiebreaker of the third inning.
For its part, the American Mardy Fish, seeded eighth, easily disposed of the German Tobias Kamke 6-2, 6-2, 6-1 in just 1 hour 43.
Four other ranked players have prevailed in the morning: Janko Tipsarevic (20th), Alexandr Dolgopolov (22nd) and Marcel Granollers (31st), while Julia George, 19th-seeded men’s table, is also passed to the second round.