Former world no.1 Roddick has been struggling with his form for a while now and will surely be looking forward to the grass court season, where he managed to achieve some great results in the past. Mahut, who has previously lost in the first round of the French Open eight times out of his nine appearances, will be delighted with this win.
“I lost a match to a guy who played better than I did,” said Roddick, who had to take a two months break from tennis due to a hip injury and only returned to the game at last week’s World Team Cup in Dusseldorf.
German qualifier Michael Berrer upset no.30 seed and former semifinalist Jurgen Melzer, beating him 6-7 (5) 4-6 6-2 6-2 6-3.
The Austrian’s performance has been a bit poor since winning the title in Memphis in February and he hasn’t been able to put together back-to-back wins very often.
In the other first round matches, 18th seed Stanislas Wawrinka overcame a scare when he needed five sets to eliminate Italy’s Flavio Cipolla, winning 6-3 6-3 4-6 3-6 6-2. Also through to round 2 is Spaniard Juan Carlos Ferrero, who defeated France’s wild card holder Jonathan Dasnieres De Veigy 6-1 6-4 6-3 and 14th seed Fernando Verdasco after dismissing Belgian Steve Darcis 6-3 6-2 7-6 (4).