Tomas Berdych through to the second round of the Japan Open
Tomas Berdych held off the spirited challenge of Benoit Paire to reach the second round of the Japan Open.
Last Updated: 01/10/12 12:00pm
Berdych, who won the title in Tokyo in 2008, had stormed through the first set before the Czech had to hold Paire at bay to win 6-1 7-6 (8-6).
Berdych, the second seed, said: "I thought the match might be tough, so I was a bit surprised how I won the first set. But he made me fight hard in the second set."
Berdych will now face either Thomaz Bellucci or Alejandro Falla in the second round.
Seventh seed Stanislas Wawrinka was given a fright by Hiroki Moriya before progressing in three sets.
Wawrinka, who won a gold medal alongside Roger Federer at the 2008 Olympics, finally overcame his Japanese rival 7-5 4-6 6-4.
Lukas Lacko is also through to the next round after the Slovakian brushed aside Albert Ramos 6-0 6-2, while Viktor Troicki beat Robin Haase 6-2 6-3.