While fourth-seeded Roger Federer did not have it easy against Argentine qualifier Diego Sebastian Schwartzman, he still recorded his 60th Roland Garros victory by eliminating his today’s challenger in straight sets to reach third round at French Open 2014. The Swiss Maestro got broken in the opening stages of the encounter, but replied with two consecutive breaks before moving one nil ahead. The second set progressed on serve until 4-4 when FedEx converted on the third break point and held to love in the subsequent game to stretch further away from the opponent. In the set number three Roger capitalized on an early break as he held all of his serves to seal a 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 triumph in one hour and forty-five minutes of play and set up a clash against 31st-ranked Russian Dmitry Tursunov. The latter ousted American Sam Querrey by winning 6-4, 7-5, 6-1.
“I think it was kind of tough all the way through for me,” said Federer. “I didn’t feel relaxed for the entire match… He managed to put pressure on me and keep the pressure on me.”
Eighth seed Milos Raonic also advanced in straight sets. The first one was the most competitive as his opponent Jiri Vesely of Czech Republic missed a couple of set points at 5-3 and a chance to serve out the opener in the subsequent game. While the young Canadian eventually prevailed in the tie-break, Vesely again broke first in the following set for a 2-0 lead. However, Raonic succeeded to turn the tide for the second around to create a double set cushion. The Czech then ran out of gas in the third set and allowed the favorite to march to a 7-6 (4), 6-4, 6-1 triumph. Raonic will meet Gilles Simon in the round of 32.
The highest-ranked US player John Isner recorded a come from behind victory against Mikhail Kukushkin. The Kazakh clinched the first set-tie break, but the tenth-seeded American replied in the same fashion to level the terms. He then broke the adversary late in the third set to get his nose in front and edged him out in another breaker to win 6-7 (8), 7-6 (4), 6-3, 7-6 (4). He will take on seventeenth seed Tommy Robredo next.
Another seeded player to progress in the bottom part of the draw is Jo-Wilfried Tsonga who got the better of Austrian Jurgen Melzer by beating him 6-2, 6-3, 6-4. The thirteenth seed Frenchman will square off against 22nd- seeded Pole Jerzy Janowicz in the last 32.