Tokyo, Japan (Sports Network) - Tomas Berdych of Czech Republic and Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka were among the winners Monday in the first round of the Japan Open.
The second-seeded Berdych rolled through the first set and earned a 6-1, 7-6 (8-6) victory over Frenchman Benoit Paire, while the seventh-seeded Wawrinka went the distance in a 7-5, 4-6, 6-4 triumph over Japanese wild card Hiroki Moriya.
Berdych won this title in 2008 and is one of two former Japan Open champions in this week's field. Top-seeded Andy Murray is the other, having won the title last year.
Murray is playing his first tournament since capturing the U.S. Open last month for his first career Grand Slam title. He'll have a difficult first match on Tuesday against Frenchman Gael Monfils.
Other winners Monday on a limited schedule were Viktor Troicki of Serbia and Slovakia's Lukas Lacko. Troicki eased past Dutchman Robin Haase, 6-2, 6-3, while Lacko thumped Spain's Albert Ramos, 6-0, 6-2, in a mere 59 minutes.
The winner of this event will claim a first prize of $308,000.