By Jim Keller


No. 1 Rafael Nadal dispatched Michael Russell 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 Monday in opening round play at Wimbledon.

"Fantastic to see the court in really, really perfect conditions," Nadal said, according to the L.A. Times. "Was a big emotion to be the first player to play on this fabulous court."

On the women's side, No. 2 Vera Zvonareva struggled with unseeded Alison Riske, but took a 6-0, 3-6, 6-3 victory.

No. 6 seed Tomas Berdych was also a winner, ripping Filippo Volandri 6-2, 6-2, 6-1 while No.9 Gael Monfils held off Matthias Bachinger 6-4, 7-6, 6-3.

Victorious women also included No. 12 Svetlana Kuznetsova and unseeded Sara Errani.

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Nadal and Berdych Win Opening Round Wimbledon Matches