Swiss Roger Federer won his first round match at the 2012 French Open and matched Jimmy Connors’ record of 233 grand slam match wins.
Federer defeated German’s Tobias Kamke in straight sets 6-2 7-5 6-3 and will be trying to at least match or best his last year’s result here in Paris, when he lost to the Spaniard Nadal in the final.
The 16 time Grand Slam champion hasn’t been able to claim any slams for more than two years now, his longest draught since capturing the 2003 Wimbledon title.
Also through to the second round is American John Isner after defeating Brazilian qualifier Rogerio Dutra Silva 6-3 6-4 6-4.
Argentine David Nalbandian surprisingly went out to Adrian Ungur, the Romanian beating him 6-3 5-7 6-4 7-5.