Paris, France (Sports Network) - French crowd favorite Jo-Wilfried Tsonga,
Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina and former champion Juan Carlos Ferrero
were among Sunday's first-round winners at the French Open in Paris.
Tsonga, the No. 5 seed, handled Russian Andrey Kuznetsov 1-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 at
the world's lone clay-court major.
Tsonga hasn't fared well at his native Grand Slam as a pair of fourth-round
appearances are his best results in four previous visits.
Next up for Tsonga is German Cedrik-Marcel Stebe, who was leading Joao Souza
6-3, 2-0 when the Brazilian retired.
The ninth-seeded del Potro beat Spaniard Albert Montanes 6-2, 6-7 (5-7), 6-2,
6-1. Del Potro was a French Open semifinalist in 2009.
Del Potro will do battle with Edouard Roger-Vasselin in the second round after
the Frenchman beat Vasek Pospisil of Canada 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2.
Ferrero, whose only Grand Slam title came back in 2003 on the famed red clay
at Roland Garros, defeated Frenchman Jonathan Dasnieres de Veigy 6-1, 6-4,
Frenchman Nicolas Mahut took down Roddick, the No. 26 seed, 6-3, 6-3, 4-6,
Roddick, who didn't play at Roland Garros last year, has reached the second
week in Paris just once in 10 trips -- a fourth-round exit in 2009.
Croatian Marin Cilic, the No. 21 seed, handled Daniel Munoz-De La Nava of
Spain 6-4, 6-4, 7-5. Cilic will face Ferrero in the second round.
The 14th-seeded Fernando Verdasco defeated Belgium Steve Darcis 6-3, 6-2, 7-6
(7-4), while 18th-seeded Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland outlasted Italian
Flavio Cipolla 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 3-6, 6-2.
In other first-round action, Nicolas Devilder of France cruised past Filip
Krajinovic of Serbia 6-2, 6-2, 6-0, Gilles Muller of Luxembourg outlasted
Igor Sijsling of the Netherlands 2-6, 7-5, 3-6, 6-4, 8-6, Spaniard Pablo
Andujar discarded Victor Hanescu of Romania 6-1, 2-6, 1-6, 6-3, 6-1 and
Fabio Fognini of Italy beat Frenchman Adrian Mannarino 6-0, 7-5, 6-1.
Six-time champion Rafael Nadal beat 2009 winner Roger Federer in last year's
final to capture a second straight French Open title. Nadal shares the men's
record, along with Bjorn Borg, with his six Open Era championships here.
Nadal has been the runner-up to Novak Djokovic in the last three Grand Slam
finals overall, including this year's Australian Open.
The 2012 Roland Garros titlist will win $1.57 million.
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