The No. 11-seeded Frenchman defeated Kei Nishikori of Japan 6-3, 6-3 after missing the entire 2009 grass-court season because of a drug suspension. His last match on the surface was against Andy Murray in the 2008 Wimbledon fourth round.
Nishikori was also playing on grass for the first time since Wimbledon in 2008, and his first tour match since March 2009. The Japanese had surgery on his right elbow, and emerged from the second-tier Challenger circuit just last month to compete at Roland Garros.