Tomas Berdych, off to ‘best possible start’ to French Open 2015, takes aim at Big Four

National Post

PARIS — Getting past his first-round opponent at the French Open was easy. Breaking the Big Four domination will be a lot harder for Tomas Berdych.

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In an era dominated by Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Andy Murray, winning a major might sometimes look beyond reach. But the big-hitting Czech is not giving up hope.

“Everything has been aimed for this tournament,” Berdych said Monday after his 6-0, 7-5, 6-3 win over Japanese qualifier Yoshihito Nishioka. “I’m feeling well. I’m feeling physically, mentally strong, and that’s the best possible start that I can have.”

Under overcast skies, defending women’s champion Maria Sharapova also advanced, but had to work a lot harder against 50th-ranked Kaia Kanepi than the scoreline of her 6-2, 6-4 win suggested.

Sporting an elegant striped long-sleeved shirt…

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