Rafael Nadal wins; Berdych upset

Updated: May 27, 2013, 3:22 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

PARIS -- Rafael Nadal survived an early scare Monday at the French Open and successfully began his bid for an eighth title at Roland Garros by rallying past Daniel Brands of Germany, 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-4, 6-3. 

Later Monday, wild card Gael Monfils of France thrilled a partisan center court crowd by upsetting fifth-seeded Tomas Berdych in the first round of the French Open, 7-6 (8), 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-7 (4), 7-5.

The match took more than four hours and ended ...

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