Federer eases into second round of French Open

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Roger Federer eased into second round at Roland Garros 2013, whilst Gilles Simon turned around a five-setter against Hewitt. Sam Querrey also progressed.

On the first day of this year’s edition of French Open the matches in the bottom part of the draw were played. One of the contenders for the title second seed Federer opened the tournament with a convincing win over Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta whom he swept off the court in one hour and twenty-two minutes. The Swiss Maestro stamped his authority on the proceedings straight away by marching to a 5-0 lead in the first set thanks to converting all three of his break ball chances. His opponent broke him in the next game to get on the board, but FedEx closed out the set confidently nonetheless and cruised through the second and the third one without facing another break point threat and acquiring a double break cushion in each of them. He advanced with a 6-2, 6-2, 6-3 victory and is scheduled to play Indian Devvarman in the second round. Besided claiming a title in 2009, Federer played four more French Open finals, losing out to Nadal each time.

Eighteenth-seed Querrey’s opener against Lukas Lacko of Slovakia went smoothly as well with the highest ranked American holding all of his serves in the first two sets and closing them out backed by a one break advantage. The Slovak annulled the US player’s early break in the third set by 2-2, but Querrey restored his advantage immediately after and served the match out easily some games later. He booked his second round spot with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 win. This is the second time the 25-year-old American reached round two at Roland Garros. He is playing Czech Hajek next.

Former top-ranked Australian Hewitt went two sets up against seed number fifteen Simon in the opening round match, yet he was denied by the Frenchman in the end. The experienced Australian started brightly as he broke his adversary six times in the first two sets, but Simon raised the level of his game later on and forced a decider. He kept riding the momentum in the beginning of the final set as well in which he escaped to 5-1, yet Hewitt fought valiantly to clinch four games in a row and set the stage for a dramatic finish. Simon then finally managed to hold and broke the Australian champion to love in the twelfth game to enter round two with a 3-6, 1-6, 6-4, 6-1, 7-5 triumph. The clash lasted three hours and twenty-two minutes.

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