Berdych into 3rd round at Australian OpenKenny De Schepper of France makes a backhand return to Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic during their second round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014.(AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- Seventh-seeded Tomas Berdych became the first man into the third round of the Australian Open with a 6-4, 6-1, 6-3 win Wednesday over Kenny de Schepper of France.
Berdych took advantage of five of his eight break-point opportunities while maintaining a perfect 13-0 record on his serve. He set up his first match point with a deft half-volley at the net, then clinched it on the next when de Schepper hit a forehand long.
The 2010 Wimbledon finalist helped the Czech Republic repeat as Davis Cup champions last year, defeating Serbia 3-2 and going 4-1 in singles and 3-0 in doubles during the year.