Roddick, Berdych into second round of Australian Open
MELBOURNE: Seventh-seeded Andy Roddick was impressive in a 6-0, 6-2, 6-2 win over 31-year-old Swedish qualifier Bjorn Rehnquist in the first match of Australian Open at Rod Laver Arena.
He next plays Belgium''s Xavier Malisse, who earned a 7-6 (8), 6-1, 6-1 win over Michael Llodra of France.
Third-ranked Novak Djokovic, the defending champion, will play Andrea Stoppini in the third match on center court.
Czech Republic''s Tomas Berdych, seeded 20th, beat American Robby Ginepri 6-4, 6-4, 6-3. Veteran Dominik Hrbaty, who guided Slovakia to a surprise title at the Hopman Cup international mixed team event in Perth earlier this month, beat John Isner in four sets.
Robert Kendrick lost to No. 16 Robin Soderling of Sweden in four sets and Bobby Reynolds went down in straight sets to No. 21 Tommy Robredo of Spain.
Women''s No. 7 Vera Zvonareva of Russia posted a 7-6 (2), 6-0 win over Slovakia''s Magdalena Rybarikova and No. 15 Alize Cornet of France beat Ukraine''s Mariya Koryttseva 6-3, 6-4. No. 16 Marion Bartoli advanced with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Britain''s Melanie South.
Former fourth-ranked Kimiko Date Krumm, returning to the main draw of a major after a 13-year hiatus, was beaten 6-4, 4-6, 8-6 by 25th-seeded Kaia Kanepi of Estonia.