Paris, France – Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was a first- round winner Monday at the French Open.
The sixth-seeded Tsonga beat Aljaz Bedene of Slovenia by a 6-2, 6-2, 6-3 margin on the famed red clay of Roland Garros.
Tsonga made it to the quarterfinals here last year before falling to Novak Djokovic.
The 28-year-old Tsonga finished runner-up at the 2008 Australian Open.
No. 13 seed Kei Nishikori of Japan defeated Jesse Levine of Canada 6-3, 6-2, 6-0, Feliciano Lopez outlasted 31st-seeded Marcel Granollers 7-5, 2-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 in an all-Spanish matchup and 32nd-seeded Spaniard Tommy Robredo cruised past Jurgen Zopp of Estonia 6-3, 6-2, 6-1.
Other wins on Day 2 came from Frenchman Edouard Roger-Vasselin, Russian Evgeny Donskoy, Nick Kyrgios of Australia and Igor Sijsling of the Netherlands.
Seven-time champion Rafael Nadal is currently in action against Daniel Brands.