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Raonic and Berdych open French Open campaigns with easy wins

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Roger Federer was the star attraction on day 1 of the 2014 French Open and the former champion did not disappoint his legion of fans as he made quick work of Slovakian Lukas Lacko picking up a comfortable 6-2, 6-4, 6-2. Working a tad harder were the big hitting duo of John Isner and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga who downed Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Edouard Roger-Vasselin.

Two Canadians were also in action on the opening day of play on Sunday at Roland-Garros in Paris, France. Milos Raonic opened the festivities on Suzanne Lenglen court against young Aussie wildcard Nick Kyrgios.

The 19-year-old had trouble returning the Canadian’s big serve. Raonic hit 27 aces in the match compared to just four by his opponent. He also won 90 percent of his first serve points and needed two hours to defeat Kyrgios 6-3, 7-6(1), 6-3. Raonic continues his strong play on clay after reaching the semifinals of the Rome Masters and will face the winner of the all-Czech matchup between Lukas Rosol and Jiri Vesely in the second round.

After winning three qualifying matches to earn a spot in the main draw, Peter Polansky faced a stiff test against world no. 6 Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic in the opening round. Berdych needed just one break in each of the first two sets to take a commanding 6-3, 6-4 lead. Polansky broke early in the third set to lead 2-0, but was unable to hold on to his advantage as Berdych went on to win 6-3, 6-4, 6-4. Polansky was making his first appearance in a Grand Slam main draw since the U.S. Open in 2010.