Federer was tested yesterday by Canadian Milos Raonic, who took him to three sets, only losing in the tiebreak of the decider.
Today’s match proved to be a lot easier for the no.3 seed, who won this tournament twice in the past, in 2006 and 2009. The blue clay doesn’t seem to cause too many problems for the 16 time Grand Slam champion, on the contrary, he is enjoying the faster clay court.
One break of serve was enough for Federer to wrap up the first set. Gasquet didn’t show too much resistance throughout the match and after he dropped his serve twice in set 2, it was all over.
Federer’s next opponent will be the Spaniard David Ferrer, who won a three set battle against his countryman Nicolas Almagro, prevailing 7-6 (5) 3-6 7-6 (8).