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Berdych shoots down Bhambri in 50th straight Slam

AFP logoAFP 18-01-2016
Czech Republic's Tomas Berdych plays a backhand return during his men's singles match against India's Yuki Bhambri on day one of the 2016 Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 18, 2016. AFP PHOTO / GREG WOOD-- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE © AFP Photo Czech Republic's Tomas Berdych plays a backhand return during his men's singles match against India's Yuki Bhambri on day one of the 2016 Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 18, 2016. AFP PHOTO / GREG WOOD-- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE

Tomas Berdych overpowered India's Yuki Bhambri as he kicked off his 50th consecutive Grand Slam with a straight-sets demolition at the Australian Open on Monday.

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The Czech iron man, who upset Rafael Nadal on the way to last year's semi-finals, romped away with the match 7-5, 6-1, 6-2 in 1hr 45min as Bhambri's game deteriorated in fierce heat.

"It wasn't an easy one. I had my chance with an early break but then I lost my serve and it was a bit of a battle at the end of the first set," Berdych said. "It was a very good test for the first day, first match with the usual (hot) weather here, so it's good to get this match in these conditions and be prepared." It was the 95th-ranked Bhambri's second Grand Slam appearance.

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