The pair had met in the third round of this year’s Wimbledon Championships, where the Frenchman had taken Federer to five sets, before eventually being beaten 6-1 in the decider. The Swiss then went on to win his seventh Wimbledon crown.
Benneteau defeated Mikhail Youzhny in the first round of the 2012 Olympics, while Federer had to dig deep to get past Alejandro Falla of Colombia, winning in three sets.
However, Federer looked every bit the champion again as he brushed aside Benneteau in straight sets. With the sun shining on an expectant centre court, Federer’s strong service game and elegant style, which has graced these courts for years, would prove too much for his 32nd ranked French opponent. The Swiss progressed in impressive fashion, prevailing 6-2 6-2 in a match that took just 58 minutes.
Federer’s service game was so dominant, that Benneteau failed to get a single break point opportunity throughout the whole match. Combined with 24 winners, the Swiss legend moved ominously into the third round, where he will face Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin.
Elsewhere, Andy Roddick of the United States of America moved into the second round with a straight sets 7-5 6-4 win against Slovakia’s Martin Klizan. The three-time Wimbledon finalist will now face the daunting task of playing former Wimbledon champion Djokovic of Serbia for a place in the third round.
Australia’s Lleyton Hewitt progressed to the second round with a 6-3 4-6 6-3 victory over Ukraine’s Sergiy Stakhovsky, whilst France’s Richard Gasquet overcame Robin Haase of the Netherlands in straight sets 6-3 6-3.