24 May 2011

Berdych first big name casualty at French Open

6:12 am on 24 May 2011

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

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 at Roland Garros.

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.