Fourth seed Roger Federer started his French Open 2014 campaign in a convincing fashion by brushing aside Lukas Lacko without dropping a service game. The Slovak held the initial two serves in the opener, but was merely a spectator from then on as FedEx rushed to clinch the set. The Swiss Maestro remained in the driver’s seat for the rest of the first round clash and added three more breaks to eliminate the powerless opponent in less than 90 minutes of play. The Roland Garros 2009 champion triumphed 6-2, 6-4, 6-2 to set up a second round meeting with Argentine qualifier Diego Sebastian Schwartzman.
“I’m happy I got off to a good start for the tournament here in Paris,” said Federer, “There’s always that little bit of feeling that if you don’t feel well, if the opponent plays great, you could lose early. I was happy getting the early signs out of the match that I was actually playing well and I was going to get my chances. I’m very pleased with the outcome.”
Also through in straight sets is seed number six Tomas Berdych who overcame Canadian Peter Polansky in two hours of tennis. A break in each of the first two sets was enough for the Czech to create a double set cushion, whilst he recovered from an early loss of serve in the third set to complete a 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 victory. He will play Kazakh Aleksandr Nedovyesov in the following round.
Another high ranked athlete to advance in the bottom part of the draw was eight-seeded Milos Raonic. While Australian teenager Nick Kyrgios put up a good fight in all three sets and stretched the favorite to a tie-break in the second one, the big-serving Canadian prevailed in each of them to secure a 6-3, 7-6 (1), 6-3 win. His next challenger will be the World no. 81 Jiri Vesely from Czech Republic.
Although he never surrendered a service game, the best American player John Isner had to survive a couple of tie-breaks against French wild card holder Pierre-Hugues Herbert before grabbing a late break in the third set to enter the round of 64 by winning 7-6 (5), 7-6 (4), 7-5. He will now square off against 54th-ranked Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan.