Icon kicks off second Slam of 2014 with 6-2, 6-4, 6-2 win over Lacko
Paris: Roger Federer began grand slam life as a father of four with a supremely comfortable victory over Lukas Lacko in the first round of the French Open.
Roger Federer returns to Lukas Lacko during the French Open Round One match yesterday. Pic/Getty Images
He arrived in Paris this week with his expanded family in tow following the birth of his second set of twins, Lenny and Leo, nearly three weeks ago. His four-year-old daughters, Charlene and Myla, were in his box for the start of his 6-2, 6-4, 6-2 win against Slovakian Lacko.
Federer lost his first match since the birth of his sons in Rome to Frenchman Jeremy Chardy but was never troubled on Sunday, perhaps not surprisingly given Lacko has not won a match on clay for three years.
He had not even contested a match on the surface since Roland Garros last year and was forced to fight hard for the games he did win. Lacko saved six of the 11 break points he faced but did not create a single one on the Federer serve, winning just nine points on the fourth seed's serve in the match.
Federer won five games in a row to win the first set and his only frustration would have been that it took him an hour and 24 minutes to wrap up victory.
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