Second seed Roger Federer reached the French Open second round yesterday with a 6-2, 6-2, 6-3 win over Spanish qualifier Pablo Carreno-Busta.
Federer will now face India’s Somdev Devvarman, who overcame Daniel Munoz de la Nava of Spain, for a place in the last 32. Devvarman beat his Spanish opponent 6-3, 6-3, 7-5 in their first round match.
Federer, the 2009 champion and hunting an 18th major, saw off Spanish qualifier Pablo Carreno-Busta, the World No 166, 6-2, 6-2, 6-3. The 21-year-old Spaniard had started the year at 654 before winning seven Futures events and claiming an astonishing record of 53 wins in 57 matches on the circuit’s third tier.
But Federer, playing in his 15th Roland Garros, was too strong, building the foundation for victory with a break in the opening game of all three sets.
Serena Williams buried the ghosts of her 2012 Roland Garros horror show to storm into the French Open second round. The 31-year-old Williams, bidding for a 16th Grand Slam title, suffered her worst defeat at a major in Paris 12 months ago when she was dumped out of the first round by Frenchwoman Virginie Razzano.
But yesterday, Williams extended her current winning streak to 25, the best of her career, with a 6-0, 6-1 demolition of Georgia’s Anna Tatishvili, the World No 80.
It took Williams just 51 minutes to complete victory on a chilly Court Philippe Chatrier, where the temperature hovered just above the 10-degree mark, firing 27 aces to her opponent’s four.
Williams next faces France’s Caroline Garcia who, as a raw 17-year-old, was a set up and 4-1 to the good against Maria Sharapova in 2011 before slipping to defeat.