Defending women's champion Amelie Mauresmo won her opening match.



Defending women's champion Amelie Mauresmo won her opening match.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- Andy Roddick overcame a shaky start against French wild-card Jo-Wilfred Tsonga in the first round of the Australian Open on Monday, rallying from 2-5 in the second set to win 6-7 (18), 7-6 (2), 6-3, 6-3.
The 2003 U.S. Open champion was constantly critical of chair umpire Carlos Ramos, calling the Portuguese official a "glorified scorekeeper" after a call that gave Tsonga a set point at 11-10 in the first tiebreaker. Roddick, who wasted four set points in the tiebreaker, thought one of Tsonga's shots was 3 inches over the baseline.
Video replays are in use on Rod Laver Arena, the center court at Melbourne Park, for the first time at the Australian Open, but not on any other courts.
The sixth-seeded Roddick was playing on the second showcourt, so he could not ask for a replay.
"I think I got a little first-round jitters," Roddick said.
"I played better as the match went on. I hope I can get better in the second round."
The American star said at times he was scared in the first set against the 21-year-old Tsonga, who was playing only his sixth match in a top level ATP event.
"Absolutely, to say the least. I was wondering if we were ever going to finish the tiebreaker."
Defending champ wins
Earlier, Amelie Mauresmo opened her title with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Shenay Perry 6-3, 6-4 in the first match on center court.
Apart from dropping serve in the third game and again when serving for the match at 5-2, the second-seeded Maursemo was in control as she returned to the scene of her biggest breakthrough victory.
Mauresmo beat Justine Henin-Hardenne in the final last year to claim her first Grand Slam title, seven years after losing in her only other trip to the final of a major.
Mauresmo also won the Wimbledon title last summer and spent most of the season at No. 1.
Mauresmo said she felt under no extra pressure as defending champion.
"It was good. I felt pretty happy to go on the court and to play first and to be able to, right from the first day, go on court and defend a title," Mauresmo said.
"I think once you've tasted what it is to win the big ones, you really want to feel that again."
Perry, a 22-year-old American who finished 2006 at No. 43 in the rankings, let Mauresmo off the hook with 21 unforced errors.
Serving for the match a second time, Mauresmo held at love, closing with a powerful forehand cross.
In the second match at Rod Laver Arena, defending men's champion Roger Federer faced Bjorn Phau of Germany.
Others advancing
Mario Ancic and Richard Gasquet were among the other men's seeded players advancing.
Gasquet, the 2002 world junior champion, won his first match in four trips to the Australian Open, advancing 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 over Italian Filippo Volandri.
Ninth-seeded Ancic beat Japan's Go Soeda 6-4, 6-3, 6-2.
American Amer Delic beat Frenchman Gilles Simon 6-3, 6-0, 6-2, making the second round for the third time in four trips to the majors.
Spaniards Juan Carlos Ferrero and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez progressed to the second round after playing five games between them.
Former top-ranked Ferrero, the 2003 French Open champion, was leading Jan Hajek 3-0 when the Czech player retired because of stomach illness.
Garcia-Lopez was 1-1 with Joachim Johansson when the 6-foot-6 Swede pulled out because of severe blisters on his feet.
Johansson has struggled with shoulder and elbow problems and hadn't played at a major since Wimbledon in 2005.
In earlier women's results, 16th-seeded Shahar Peer of Israel beat Romina Oprandi of Italy 6-1, 6-3 and Olga Poutchkova of Russia beat Poland's Marta Domachowska 6-2, 6-4.
Nearing Connors' record
Federer is on the cusp of breaking Jimmy Connors' record of 160 consecutive weeks atop the men's rankings, regardless of what he does in the tournament.
Rafael Nadal owns the record for most weeks at No. 2, spending the last 78 weeks behind Federer.
With seven of the last eight Grand Slam titles between them, it's hardly surprising they're heavily favored to meet in the final.
Federer made the finals in all four majors last season, winning three. Nadal's title defense at the French Open broke Federer's bid for a season Grand Slam, something no player has achieved since Rod Laver in 1969.
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